Erin K. Leonard, LCSW, PhD, Psychologist

Erin K. Leonard, LCSW, PhD

Psychologist | Psychotherapy

230 East Day Road Mishawaka Indiana, 46530


Dr. Erin Leonard is a psychologist practicing in Mishawaka, Indiana. Dr. Leonard specializes in the treatment of health mental problems, and helps people to cope with their mental illnesses. As a psychologist, Dr. Leonard evaluates and treats patients through a variety of methods, most typically being psychotherapy or talk therapy. Patients usually visit Dr. Leonard because they have been experiencing depression, anxiety, stress or anger for a significant period of time and are seeking help. Psychologists may perform a variety of exams and assessments to diagnose a mental condition.

Education and Training

University of Iowa

University of Michigan

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Erin K. Leonard, LCSW, PhD
Erin K. Leonard, LCSW, PhD's Expert Contributions
  • The Most Important Parenting Information You Will Ever Read

    Every school in the United States is battling a bullying epidemic. The compilation of nationwide surveys completed since 1986, indicate an ever-growing trend of entitlement ingrained in America’s youth (Reuters 2010). Why? It is the result of parents continually and constantly confusing...

  • When Your Adolescent Patient Cuts

    Cutting is a terrifying, but ever present phenomenon plaguing adolescents. Two in ten teenagers cut, and almost 46% of teenagers engage in some type of self- harm. As doctors, therapists, parents, and teachers we are baffled. This act of mutilation does not make sense to us. After all, our youth is...

  • How to Help Your Kid Conquer Feelings of Disappointment

    Kenny is a silly, skinny, blue-eyed, 9-year-old boy, who barely tips the scales at 48 pounds. “I can practically spit through him,” my dad says on a regular basis.Although Kenny showed promise on the rec league baseball field last spring, his performance didn’t cause anyone to spill their...

  • What You Should Know About Adolescent Cutting

    Cutting is a terrifying and serious epidemic plaguing adolescents. Recent studies have found that one-third to one-half of adolescents in the US have engaged in some type of self-injurious behavior.As a psychotherapist who specializes in treating teens who self-harm, I have been baffled by this for...

  • How To Stregthen A Child's Character Through Empathy

    Every school in the United States is battling a bullying epidemic. The compilation of nationwide surveys completed since 1986 indicate an ever growing trend of entitlement ingrained in America’s youth (Reuters 2010).Why? It is the result of parents who continually confuse sympathy with empathy....

Areas of expertise and specialization

Psychotherapist and Author


  • The Battle against Juvenile Bullying: The Plague of Child and Teen Bullying in the Schools and How to Stop It.   

What do you attribute your success to?

  • Being extremely empathetic, having great professors and her knowledge of child development helps her to look at cases through a more humanitarian lens and is able to identify early trauma.

Hobbies / Sports

  • Tennis

Favorite professional publications

  • Ghosts in the Nursery- Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Erin K. Leonard, LCSW, PhD's Practice location

230 East Day Road -
Mishawaka, Indiana 46530
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Get to know Psychotherapist Dr. Erin K. Leonard, who serves patients in the Michiana area. 

Dr. Leonard is a psychotherapist, award-winning author, keynote speaker, TV contributor, and weekly blogger for Psychology Today. For more than 20 years, she has helped her clients recover their well-being and improve their mental health.

With years of training and a clear understanding of what goes into providing a compassionate approach to psychotherapy, Dr. Leonard provides unique counseling and therapeutic services in the Michiana area. Her extensive training and wealth of experience ensure her clients experience improvement quickly. She specializes in individual, couples, and family therapy. However, her practice is a safe and open space for anyone with the need to be heard, understood, and treated.

In addition to managing a successful private practice, Dr. Leonard is also very active increasing her knowledge and delivering her message across a variety of outlets. She attributes her success to being extremely empathetic, having great professors, as well as being knowledgeable of child development, which helps her to look at cases through a more humanitarian lens and to be able to identify early trauma.

Pertaining to her educational background, she graduated from the University of Iowa with her Bachelor of Arts degree. She then proceeded on to the University of Michigan, where she graduated with her Master’s degree. Finally, she received her Doctorate degree at The Institute for Clinical Social Work in Chicago, Illinois.

Among her many accomplishments as a national expert on psychotherapy, Dr. Leonard is the author of five books: How to Raise a Secure Child, Parenting with Empathy (2018); Loving Well: The Key to Satisfying and Joyful Relationships (2016); The Battle Against Juvenile Bullying: The Plague of Child and Teen Bullying in the Schools and How to Stop It (2014); Emotional Terrorism: Breaking the Chains of a Toxic Relationship (2014); and Adolescents with HIV: Attachment, Depression and Adherence in Adolescents with HIV (2008). She has also appeared on WGN and FOX affiliates in Dallas, Boston, Memphis, Atlanta, and Phoenix, as well as contributed a series of articles on depression and anxiety to magazines.

Psychotherapy is the use of psychological methods, particularly when based on regular personal interaction, to help a person change behavior and overcome problems in desired ways. Psychotherapists work with clients who are affected by difficulties such as depression, phobias, stress, anxiety, emotional and relationship problems, physical or psychosomatic disorders, and behavioural problems.

When Dr. Leonard is not writing, helping people get better or speaking in the media or other organizations, she loves to spend time with her two children, Mary and Kenny. Enjoying the great outdoors, they love to go ice skating and rock climbing.

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