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About Me

Leah M. Niehaus is an LCSW, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, specializing in children, adolescent, adult, and family psychotherapy.  Leah maintains a part-time private practice in Hermosa Beach, California.  While she is not practicing psychotherapy, she is a full-time mother to her three young children and two labrador retrievers.  Leah was born and raised in California and has lived in Southern California for twenty years.  Leah has twenty years experience as a clinician and is a graduate of Pepperdine and CSULB School of Social Work.   Among her areas of expertise are working with troubled adolescents, complicated family systems, children and adolescents navigating life transitions (divorce, loss, transition to high school or college), and those with histories of child abuse or neglect.  She has been a guest speaker at Fusion South Bay, National Charity League (South Bay Chapter), South Bay Families Connected on "Issues on the Minds of Teens:  Stress, Sleep, and Tech", and the Under Pressure Panel at Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhttan Beach.  She is also a published author on miscarriage for the California Society for Clinical Social Work and "On Being a Mother and a Therapist" for South Bay Families Connected.  She serves as the Chair of the Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) committee for Pacific Elementary School and is on the SEW Committee at Manhattan Beach Middle School. 


Licensed Clinical Social Worker, License #21766.  Completed licensure process in October 2003.

California State University, Long Beach, Long Beach, CA, Masters in Social Work, emphasis in Children, Youth, and Family, May 1999.  Thesis:  MSW Students' Knowledge of, Attitudes Toward, and Beliefs About Siblings in Foster Care When One Child Is Parentified.

Pepperdine University, Malibu, CA, B.A. in Sociology, April 1997.  Magna Cum Laude.  Year-in-Europe program, London, England, 8/94-4/95.

Additional Training

Leah enjoys learning and frequently attends workshops and conferences for continuing education.  She selects topics that directly relate to her clientele, focusing on children, youth, and families.

Professional Activities and Memberships

  • Received "Best of Manhattan Beach 2017 Social Worker" award from the City of Manhattan Beach.  Also received this award in 2015.
  • Speaker for Torrance Memorial Hopsital 2016 Nurses Symposium, for Fusion South Bay, local National Charity League meetings, and South Bay Families Connected on various topics related to Children/Adolescents/Risk Management
  • South Bay Families Connected Ambassador
  • Member of Student Mental Health Task Force for Beach Cities Health District
  • Clinical Supervisor for ASWs, PCCIs, and MFTs gaining clinical hours towards licensure
  • Clincial Supervisor for SHIELDS for Families 2012-2015
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • California Society for Clinical Social Work
  • Group PsychotherapyAssociation of Los Angeles
  • Restoring the Healer Constulation Group
  • Member of CAMFT
  • Consultant therapist for Beach Cities Health District 2004-2008
  • Consultant therapist for South Bay Youth Project 2004-2008
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