Leanne Vaughan, MA • LMHC
Hello! My name is Leanne Vaughan, and I’m a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC). Most often, that means that I am a witness to clients’ stories, wounds, and healing.
I help people who want to understand and find freedom from the way the past affects their present lives. Many times, these clients have held themselves back from this work because they are afraid of what they might find. Or, perhaps someone has told them to “just move on,” or to “get over it.” I walk with clients as they take an honest look back, so that they can experience more joy, freedom, and peace in their lives and relationships.
I know from my own story, and from the stories of clients over the past 12 years, that no one gets out of childhood without some kind of wound or harm. Sometimes that means experiences that most people would consider traumatic, like losing a parent, going through parents’ divorce, or experiencing abuse, a catastrophic illness, a parent’s mental illness or addiction, etc. Sometimes, though, it means a child-like drawing of the wrong conclusions about life, based on what may seem like a random memory or comment.
Sometimes it means making vows that worked back then but cause trouble now (“I’ll never…” or, “I will always…”). Sometimes it’s simply the result of being an imperfect person raised by other imperfect people. No matter what the wound or harm is, it doesn’t go away by itself.
I have also learned, from a decade of working with people affected by cancer and other life-altering illnesses, that while those illnesses bring their own huge challenges, they often blow open all the areas in which people were just barely coping to begin with.
As an Enneagram 4, I am drawn to the deep places in people’s hearts and lives, and to places of creativity and beauty in people and the world. Personally, that looks like seeking out the quiet of a river in my kayak, or spending hours in geeky discussions about the books and movies I love. Professionally, that shows up as I offer my clients a quiet, safe place to explore the thoughts and emotions they may have shown to no one else.
I believe that taking an honest look back can bring deep and lasting healing.
I believe that everyone, no matter what their age, must wrestle with the gap between the way life is and the way they thought it would be.
Putting Band-Aids on wounds of the mind and soul just doesn’t work forever. Looking carefully at your story isn’t about blaming others or being a victim. It’s about discovering who you are most meant to be, gently caring for your wounds, and learning to live in the intersection of grace and truth.
If you’re reading this page, it’s likely that you or someone you love have thought, “Maybe it would be a good idea to talk to someone.” This is a safe place to do that. I look forward to walking with you into understanding and healing.
Enneagram [ 4 ]
Leanne is dominant in type 4, which is sometimes called the romantic. She uses her “superpowers” of being highly attuned to and present with a client’s feelings and pain, as well as being able to go deep with clients and help them see how the past affects the present.
As a staff team, we recently read the book The Road Back to You: An Enneagram Journey to Self-Discovery.
If you are unfamiliar with the Enneagram, it is a personality typing tool of nine main types that has been around for a long time but has also seen a recent surge in use, especially in many churches and Christian organizations.
We have found it particularly helpful in that it both identifies blind spots and struggles each type primarily deals with, but also the unique path of growth for each type to continue becoming the person God created them to be.
Some talk about each number having their own “superpowers” and strengths, and we can see how we use many of these God-given “superpowers” in our work with clients.
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