Sheilah Ledesma, LCSW
Helping teens and adults overcome stress, anxiety, and depression
so they can live with peace, balance, and fulfillment.
Everyone has a unique experience with anxiety and depression. Some people feel paralyzed or trapped by constant worry, while others feel like they are spiraling out of control. Other people may feel as though a constant dark cloud is hovering over them.
Are you tired of being overwhelmed by your cycle of thoughts and feelings? Do you long for a sense of peace and calm?
I can help you release stress and anxiety so you can live with hope and clarity. You and your loved ones deserve to enjoy the present moment and live life to the fullest.
My Personal Story
I knew from a young age that I wanted to help people. I have always felt a true sense of joy from listening to others and making sure they feel heard. That joy grew and flourished into a passion in my life. My calling became even more clear as I witnessed teens and adults free themselves of anxiety and deal with depression through their work with me.
It moves me to watch my clients begin to understand their individual experience with anxiety and depression. It is incredibly inspiring to see my clients get excited and motivated to learn healthier ways to navigate what they are thinking and feeling.
As owner of Lighter Living Counseling, I use my passion to help my clients let go of anxiety, live fully in the present and feel hopeful about the future.
My Professional Background
I received both my Bachelor’s in Social Work and Master’s in Social Work from the University of Central Florida. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) in Florida.
My post-graduate experience included extensive clinical work with adolescents and families in an outpatient and private practice setting. My expertise also extends to working with individuals experiencing adjustment challenges including but not limited to bereavement, job, medical complications, school, etc.
I have additional knowledge and clinical experience in the treatment of contemporary issues facing adolescents and their families. Furthermore, I provide consultation services for co-parenting, caregiving, and co-dependency challenges.
Why Work With Me?
I grew up here in South Florida and I love the sunshine and warm weather. You can find me laying poolside any chance I get. I am also passionate about physical exercise as it allows me to stay mentally focused and emotionally balanced. I make sure to set aside weekly quality time with family and friends as time spent with loved ones makes my life complete.
I am warm and genuine and I make sure to create a safe and comfortable environment for you to navigate the therapeutic process. I offer a therapeutic style and approach that is compassionate and understanding. I will collaborate with you in creating and achieving individualized therapeutic goals that fit your unique lifestyle.
In my therapy sessions, I will combine my clinical skills with evidenced-based treatment methods such as Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction to empower you and improve your emotional wellbeing. I am dedicated to helping you discover the path of attaining a healthier, happier and more gratifying life.
Counseling can help you live with
more peace and clarity.
You may be feeling stressed and really overwhelmed right now, but it is entirely possible to experience more peace in your life when you seek counseling.
Call me today for your complimentary phone consultation at 954-391-5305.
I look forward to working with you and helping you live your best life possible!
“My sessions with you really helped me slow things down. When I have panic attacks or lots of anxiety things seem to be going so fast and I get lost in a horrible train of thoughts and events. You helped me learn what it means to be mindful and to do things mindfully which really helped slow everything down and be able to take things one step at a time. Now things, that previously may have been a source of anxiety, don’t seem so daunting anymore.”
~ 21 year old who overcame anxiety
"Sheilah helped me get through a very very dark and rough patch that I went through from January 2017 to April 2017. She showed me that there was light, and a great future ahead, and that I shouldn’t let the decisions of other people affect me more than it should. She motivated me, gave me the right tools to continue success, and to keep moving forward because there was great things coming ahead!"~22 year old who gained confidence in navigating major life changes
"Sheliah was amazing. When I came to her I was having severe panic attacks. In under six months, I had completely ceased on panic attacks thanks to her amazing therapy practice and have yet to have another. I learned coping skills on my anxiety, she helped me calm all the craziness in my head and feel much stronger. I am now going on almost a year without the therapy and I'm still doing better than I ever have with having dealt with my issues and learning how to prevent it from happening again with the amazing help of Sheilah. I recommend her and will continue to recommend her and therapy for years to come!" ~ 25 year old who overcame anxiety and panic attacks
“Working with Sheilah has helped me a lot so far. A year ago I was in a bad state and had to be hospitalized, now, after working with Sheilah, I am able to live without having to breakdown so often. She is a great therapist and a great person.”~16 year old who worked through her depression