Leah Walker, PhD

Leah Walker is a licensed marriage and family therapist with over 20 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her clinical focus is in family relations, substance abuse, and trauma. Leah has worked as both a therapist and clinical supervisor in a variety of treatment settings, including inpatient, outpatient, and in-home therapy. She is currently the Director of adult outpatient services in a community mental health center.

  • Credentials: PhD in Family Relations, Master's in Family Studies
  • Titles: Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Expertise: Trauma, child and adolescent therapy, substance abuse, and infant mental health.

Written By Leah

What to Do If Your Child Gets Arrested for Drug Use

According to recent statistics, approximately 146,000 minors are arrested for substance-related infractions in the United States every year.1 Juveniles are sometimes brought into police custody for dealing drugs, but often they are detained for driving under the influence or for being in possessio... [Read More]

Sports and Substance Abuse

Sports have long been touted as a way to prevent teenagers from using drugs and/or alcohol at a young age. However, recent studies indicate that sports participation may actually increase the risk of substance abuse in some teenagers.1,2 While performance enhancing drugs are part of the problem, par... [Read More]

Mistakes Parents Make About Their Kids’ Drug Abuse

Many parents falsely assume that their son or daughter would never abuse drugs or alcohol. However, even parents who think that strict enforcement of a household no-drug policy will preclude the possibility of their kids using may be surprised to know that substance abuse is occurring under their ow... [Read More]

Common Risk Factors for Adolescent Addiction

Addiction is a serious issue in the United States, and adolescents are not exempt from its destructive effects. Based on a national survey conducted in 2015, about 1.3 million adolescents, or about 1 in 20, needed treatment for a substance use disorder.1 Why some adolescents develop an addiction whi... [Read More]

How to Help an Addict or Alcoholic Teen

Whether you’re the parent or the friend of teenager who has a problem with drugs or alcohol, you may be concerned, confused, or uncertain about what may happen to them. It can be difficult to know what to say or how to help them, especially if you know very little about addiction. In the beginning... [Read More]

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