"Leslie has a passion for the work that she does and a remarkable capacity for aiding in the healing process. Without judgment, she helped me find my way back from an extremely dark place, for which I am forever grateful to her. The work we did in our sessions helped me to process life experiences such as death, motherhood, marital troubles, and more. I would highly recommend Leslie and believe wholeheartedly that she is a gifted healer."
31-year-old married mother of three children
“My emotional situation was pretty bad. Through a friend, Leslie was recommended to me and was very helpful to me in identifying negative thought processes and suggesting methods to deal with them. I felt Leslie was a valuable member of my support team, and I recommend her if you are in need of a polite, professional and knowledgeable counselor.”
32 Year-Old father of 2 children
“Three months after the birth of my first child, I was plagued with dark thoughts about him that obsessively took over my mind. This behavior affected my ability to focus completely on taking care of my son and strained my relationship with my husband.
I decided to seek help and was referred to Core Values and Leslie by INOVA Loudoun Hospital’s support group for new moms.
Under Leslie’s care I learned I was not alone in my illness and that I could overcome my PPD. I also learned that it is most important to take care of myself, then my husband, and then my child because if I am not well, then my relationship with my family suffers.
After one year of treatment, I was completely recovered from PPD, able to speak freely about my experience, and no longer feel ashamed.”
37-Year-Old married mother of one child
“I met with Mrs. McKeough several years ago when I was suffering with a lot of anxiety and probably some depression. I had some things happen and I didn't know where to go or what to do. I found that Mrs. McKeough opened my eyes to simple changes in my life that really changed my thinking for the better. She was firm but supportive and really just what I needed. I highly recommend her to anyone struggling with personal issues that you don't feel you can handle on your own. The most import thing I gained was that it is ok to ask for help. In fact, it is necessary. We all need help sometimes. “
39-year-old married mother of two children
“Leslie is a great listener and has provided valuable insight into difficult situations.”
44-year-old married father of two children
“Leslie was a great piece to the puzzle to help me recover from Post Partum Depression after the birth of our twins. She listened to me and made me feel comfortable during our session. She allowed me to express myself but also help me reexamine a situation that was stressful and use helpful tools to overcome the stressful situation. I would highly recommend seeking out Leslie if you are going through a difficult time and need the tools and strength to overcome it.”
32-year-old married mother of 3 children
"After giving birth to my second child and returning to work full time, I found myself overwhelmed by obligations to my immediate family, extended family, my job, and life in general. I reached out to Leslie for help and after my first appointment already felt more centered, like I had gained new strength and perspective to take on the things that were challenging me. Leslie helped me to first get organized so that my everyday tasks were less overwhelming, and then to tackle larger emotional issues that were creating stress. Leslie provides relevant and thoughtful solutions to my problems while allowing me ample time to talk through my thoughts. Even after a full year of sessions, I continue to make great strides in my overall mental health, and in general toward being the mom/wife/employee and person I am proud to be. I wish I hadn't waited so long to make that first phone call."
32-Year-old married mother of two children
"I suffered with Hyperemesis Gravidarum throughout my pregnancy, so by the time my son was born I was exhausted, both physically and emotionally. I didn't expect to feel so down for the first few weeks after the delivery, but I knew that it was important to talk to someone about what I was feeling. Leslie made me feel extremely comfortable and let me know that what I was feeling was normal. She even gave me information about postpartum support groups and new moms' get-togethers. I attended a postpartum meeting and got to talk to other women who could empathize with what I was going through. It was an amazing feeling to know that I was not alone! I would absolutely recommend Leslie's practice to any woman who is going through a difficult pregnancy or experiencing postpartum depression."
28-year-old married mother
"Leslie is very personable, easy to talk to, nonjudgmental and very insightful.
With her guidance, I was able to move past perinatal loss and postpartum depression.
She is real, practical and gave me and my husband tools to better manage the day to day struggles of our family dynamic.
I would recommend Leslie and her counseling to all new parents as they begin a new life with a little one. You will feel lighter, more confident and ready to take on the challenges of a different chapter in your lives."
36-year-old mother of two children
“I first came to see Leslie because my marriage had shattered to a million pieces and the divorce process was eroding what was left of me. I knew I needed someone who could teach me the skills and tools required to get me through this terrible time with grace while maintaining a peaceful consistent home life for my young sons. This was no small task. Leslie is a careful and patient listener, I never once felt judged. My sessions felt like I was talking to an objective, non biased and really smart friend. She helped me look at my problems from different angles and develop positive solutions and strategies for the daily interactions with my soon to be ex. It was so easy to get wrapped up in the little details of every action and every feeling of guilt but Leslie helped me rise above the mess of the situation and start looking ahead to my own future- a future that was mine to shape in any way I wanted. How frightening and exciting and overwhelming all at once! Leslie assigned "homework" which enabled me to continue processing our sessions throughout the week. She encouraged journaling which turned out to be one of the most valuable ways for me to get out my fears, negativity, and hopes without overburdening my friends and family or the unintentional and accidental ears of my children. I still journal now and it really does help me work through the things on my mind. Recently, I reread my entries from that dark period and the words are so raw and filled with pain and anger. I cannot imagine what I would be like if I had continued to carry that inside of me. It also makes me realize how hard I worked and how far I have come. Because of Leslie's help and guidance, I am enjoying my life in ways I did not think would happen- I will never be 100% brave but I work hard at not allowing my fears and worries stop me from trying new things. I strongly believe that the amicable and friendly co-parenting relationship I now have with my ex is a direct result of practicing what I learned through Leslie (both then and now). I think that when my children are grown they will look back at this time and remember me as dignified and present, not broken. And I have Leslie to thank for that.”
41-year-old divorced mother of two children
“I had placenta previa and an accreta when I was pregnant with my second son. My first pregnancy with my oldest son was glorious and textbook and the best I had felt in my life. So when I got pregnant a second time and at 22 weeks was put on home bed rest I was so surprised. Then at 32 weeks I was rushed to the hospital in the middle of the night and spent the next 5 weeks on hospital bed rest. It was during the swine flu epidemic so I could not see my 4 year old due to the increased visitor restrictions. I was a model patient. I kept it together. I had to have low stress and be happy 24/7 for my baby, my 4 year old, my husband, and myself. My son was born at 37 weeks fully developed and healthy. I had a tough c-section but got through it thanks to my amazing and kind doctor and the incredible nursing staff.
I really thought that I was okay and that now that I was going to be going home with my beautiful baby boy and was finally going to get to see and hold my 4 year old son that I had my life back and would pick up where I left off.
When my husband put me and our newborn in the car I noticed that the weather was dark and rainy exactly the way it was when I was rushed to the hospital 5 weeks before in the middle of the night...When I was fearing the worst...that I was losing my baby. As my husband drove us home I started to shake, cry, and hyperventilate. I had PTSD.
I was not okay.
I went for my check up with my OB/GYN told him that I was depressed and scared and asked him for medication and a referral to a therapist. He was shocked...he said "oh my goodness you were fine...you were always so upbeat in the hospital...the nurses loved you! Are you sure?"...I just said "yes I am sure and I was great in the hospital because I had to be...but now the baby is out and safe and I think my body and mind knows it and now the flood gates are open." He put me on medication and referred me to Leslie.
Leslie called me and we talked for a while. I felt like that was our first session. To find someone who specialized in the kind of trauma I had experienced was such a lifeline.
My youngest son is now 3. He is so precious. Best kid ever. My oldest is 7 and still remembers being separated from me during my long hospital stay but is no longer upset when he talks about it and loves his little brother so much. I still see Leslie regularly. I jokingly call PTSD "the gift that keeps on giving"...I use my sense of humor a lot...but I really think that it is true...PTSD gets better, gets manageable, but I consider myself in a permanent state of recovery which I am 100% okay with because my awareness of it and Leslie's unwavering support and strength gives me the reassurance that I am in control of it...it is not in control of me.
I have to admit I cried a little while I wrote this...but a small percentage of those tears are sadness...the majority of them are for the gratitude and happiness I have for how strong I feel now and how far I have come with Leslie's help.”
41 –Year-old married mother of two boys
“It all started in late December 2011 as my husband and I desperately wanted to have another child. We currently have a wonderful 3 year old little boy and would really like to give him a baby sister or brother. Three years ago once I had my son I spent many nights and months wishing that I could change my situation and did not understand why I had this beautiful child and did not have the energy or want to get up with him or do the necessary things I needed to be doing. I went to the doctors multiple times and they said it was just the baby blues and to not worry but finally 6 months later they put me on some medication. It helped a bit however was not recommended to a therapist just a psychiatric who does not have the time to talk just push medicines.
I had just gotten pregnant in early Jan and was so excited and could not wait for the baby to be born. I was on top of the world. The pregnancy had some complications and things did not work out. We saw the heart beat and things were ok and then going towards second trimester I went in for an ultra sound and we had no heart beat. I did not act crushed but after doing some genetic testing and so-forth and finding out from Surgery that it was a little girl I was crushed. Why for the 3rd time did this have to happen what am I doing wrong. I decided from this moment on I would go back to work and put my only son in daycare and if it ever happened again I would deal with it but it would not be planned.
I started a new job in July 2012 at the conference center as a sales manager for the pharmaceutical market. It was by far the hardest job that I have ever taken on and from day one felt like I was set up for failure because of all the short comings that was lacking in the facility. So I just started a new job, put my son back into daycare full time and the 4th week of my job found out that I am pregnant again. I have just set up the perfect storm. I started having full blown anxiety attacks daily about the overwhelming situation and then the anxiety attacks turned into multiple a day. It was then that my doctor told me about Leslie.
I came to her a total mess, could not even barely make it through a day. I thought I had a form of lung cancer because I could never breath. She is one of the most patient and non-bias people I have every met. She really goes into the facts and lets you pretty much make your own conclusion. She is extremely comforting and helped me see my problems from different angels witch made me realize what I needed to do. After being admitted to the hospital for one week to work on my anxiety attacks and phobias I have encountered, I have resigned from my job, expecting a little girl and staying home with my son.
I have begun to see Leslie twice a week and boy has my life changed. We are going through cognitive behavior where I do homework and we talk about the different ways I am thinking through problems. I sincerely recommend Leslie and truly from the bottom of my heart thank her for giving me back my life in ways that I thought I would not every have again. I now love being a mom, I am involved in all aspects of my life and daily retraining my thoughts to be a more positive person for myself and others.
This was not easy to write however I feel so strongly that if you are in need of a person that truly listens, and helps you step by step regain your positive life style Leslie is by far the best in her field. I am so thankful each and everyday that I have had the opportunity to have her as my therapist.”
34-year old pregnant married mother of a 2.5 year old son