Beth Leonard, MA, MSW

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 Beth has a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, with a specialization in Christian Sex Therapy from Richmont Graduate University. She is currently seeking dual licensure as a Professional Counselor and a Marriage and Family Therapist. Beth has a bachelor’s degree in Child Development and a master’s degree in Social Work, with a background in working with individuals facing serious illness and grief. She is a student member of the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT), the Christian Association for Psychological Studies (CAPS), and the American Board of Christian Sex Therapists (ABCST).

Beth and her husband, Don, met in Tallahassee, FL while she was attending Florida State University. They have been married since 1982 and have two daughters, Hannah and Katelyn (Kiki). She further developed her desire to do counseling through working with women and couples in small groups, where she discovered a passion for seeing people grow and heal.

Beth loves helping individuals find greater meaning and purpose in life, and couples at all stages (dating, pre-engagement, marriage and also re-marriage) develop greater intimacy in all aspects of their relationships.  Her life’s motto is “Don’t waste your pain”. In life, pain is inevitable; the many ways we try to push it away, anesthetize or avoid it can further wound us and cause damage to our relationships. But when we allow it, pain can be a tool that God uses to change us and grow us into all He meant us to be. She enjoys playing the role of “midlife midwife”, believing that new and rich inner growth and relational depth can be birthed in people in that sometimes difficult and painful life stage.

When Beth has free time, she enjoys speaking and teaching; being creative through painting, sewing, and creating landscape quilts; reading, and riding bicycles (and occasionally, motorcycles).