About Leah

So many women and teen girls are overwhelmed. There are expectations from parents, spouses, friends…

Unfortunately, this stress often leads to feeling disconnected, anxious, and distracted. Then that brings on self-doubt, criticism, and a general sense of “Who am I?” and “What is my purpose?” no matter what age you are.

What you really need is to slow down, identify what you really want, and find your voice.

I’m Leah Niehaus and my gift is finding people’s strengths and helping women to see those strengths for themselves.

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My background in social work helps me bring a practical, down-to-earth approach to therapy. Yes, we’ll dive deep into developing insight and noticing patterns that are impacting you negatively, but we’ll also explore real solutions you can use in your everyday life.

We can talk about whatever is causing you stress. Nothing is off-limits and there’s no judgement here. Instead, we get curious about the patterns that impact your relationships and your life.

My challenge is to hear what you are saying and what you’re not saying as well so that you can live your most authentic life.

I’m the same person in the therapy room that I am in my family room.

You can count on me to bring my genuine self to our time together. I’m a fellow traveller on this journey called life and have likewise experienced many ups and downs.  I am grateful for the opportunity to bear witness to your unique experience and see your growth.

A little about me in every day life:

I’m a proud wife and mom of three kids. I love animals and have two dogs and one cat. I love the beach, reading, swimming, cooking, and consider myself a small town girl.

A little about me in professional life:

I have a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Pepperdine and Masters in Social Work from CSULB.

My background includes community mental health, working in public child welfare with foster youth, and psychiatric social work at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Hospital.

I’ve been a Licensed Clinical Social Worker since 2003 and love working with young women and teens. I’m also a frequent guest speaker on topics related to parenting and adolescents and offer clinical supervision for unlicensed professionals.

I am an Ambassador for South Bay Families Connected and sit on a local Student Mental Health Task Force through Beach Cities Health District. I have served as the Chair of the Social Emotional Wellness (SEW) committee for Pacific Elementary School and have been on the SEW committee at Manhattan Beach Middle School.

Most importantly, connecting with people is my favorite thing to do, and I’d love to help you learn to like yourself again.

Click below to schedule your free phone consultation and see how we can work together.



Individual/Family Therapy $170

Group Therapy $75

Individual Supervision $125

Triadic Supervision $180 total for 2 supervisees ($90 each)

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Cancellation Policy:
If you do not show up for your scheduled appointment, and you have not notified me at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the treatment as booked.



I am not on any Insurance panels but can provide you with a "Superbill" that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement. 

Services may be covered in full or in part by your health insurance or employee benefit plan. Please check your coverage carefully by asking the following questions:

  • Do I have mental health benefits?

  • How much does my plan cover for an out-of-network provider?

  • How do I submit a Superbill?