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Holding Space for Healing & Hope

Counseling / Therapy Services from a faith-based perspective

Holding Space means "that we are willing to walk alongside another person in whatever journey they're on without judging them, making them feel inadequate... When we hold space for other people, we open our hearts, offer unconditional support, and let go of judgement and control. - Heather Plett

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Now Accepting the following insurances
in Wisconsin & Missouri:

(including  UnitedHealthcare, Oscar, & Oxford)

Please schedule a consultation through Alma:

Contact me to request an insurance eligibility review.
Anchor 1

Specializing in Child & Adolescent Therapy
& Counseling with Women


Complex Trauma

While Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) develops from a single traumatic event, Complex trauma develops from an individual's exposure to multiple traumatic events that are often invasive or interpersonal in nature.


Self-harm or self-injury are ways of hurting oneself intentionally to find release from overwhelming painful emotions and/or thoughts. Usually when people self-harm, they do no do it as a suicide attempt although it does increase the risk for suicide.

Suicidal Ideation

Suicide is a leading cause of death. When an individual is in crisis and has a plan to die by suicide, getting safely through the next second, minute, hour, and day is critical! 

CALL 988 to get assistance!

If the individual is in immediate danger with the intent to hurt themselves or others

CALL 911!

Anxiety vs.
Anxiety Disorder

Anxiety presents itself in children in many different ways some of which can be alarming, distressing, and confusing for parents. Some children will appear to be out of control, displaying defiant and/or angry behavior. Other children will appear to be avoidant, extremely shy or inattentive.


Feeling sad or hopeless as well as having a change in mood is a part of every child's life when certain stressors arise; but when these feelings last more than a couple of weeks or even when a child has control over a situation, depression (along with anxiety) may be the cause. 

Attachment Styles 
Adoption/Foster Concerns

Attachment is a bond created between a caregiver and a child due to the child's foundational desire to remain close and connected to the caregiver for survival. There are four attachment styles or patterns of behavior a child develops to maintain connection with their caretaker - secure, avoidant, ambivalent, and disorganized.


About Me: Leticia Mayes, M.S., LPC, CCTP

Have you found yourself in a dark, hard place in life? Does it feel like you are stuck in quicksand and no matter what you try, you can't get out? I am here to support you in your journey to find relief from overwhelming emotions and painful memories. It's important to me that each person feels safe in their body and environment while also gaining the ability to trust and connect with others as they work through therapy for trauma, anxiety, depression, attachment concerns, suicidal ideation, or self-harm. 

My aim is to utilize an integrative and collaborative approach to counseling as well as focus on the whole person to facilitate coping, a sense of freedom, and meaning in life. When providing therapy for a child/adolescent, it's essential to work in partnership with the parents, equipping them with education and strategies, to build and enrich healthy relationships.

When counseling from a faith based perspective, I believe that my clients can achieve goals by discovering their identity in Christ and embracing both pain and joy so as to alleviate suffering. Evidence based approaches support the importance of identifying and accepting hurt/pain as a part of life thus allowing for hope and an experience of joy.

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Undergraduate Studies/Degree:

New Tribes Bible Institute (ETHNOS 360)

Maranatha Baptist University - English Bible with a focus on Women's & Children's ministries / Early Childhood Development

Graduate Degree:

UW Milwaukee - Educational Psychology

Post Graduate Studies:

UW Milwaukee - Trauma Counseling 1&2

Evergreen Certifications - Certified Clinical Trauma Professional - level 2

The Embody Lab - Somatic EMDR practitioner

Mind Works Professional Education, Inc - EMDR Skills for Trauma Treatment

Mind Works Professional Education, Inc - Advanced EMDR Skills for Complex Trauma

Mind Works Professional Education, Inc - EMDR Practical Modifications for Children

EMDR ATDL - Recognizing & Treating Youth with Dissociation

PESI - Play Therapy Summit 2022

Growing Minds - Mindfulness Certification

Share Collaborative - (MI) Motivational Interviewing Champion

Milwaukee County BHD/Services - Seeking Safety

Case Western Reserve University - (IDDT) Integrated Dual Disorder Treatment

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