Leigha Ortego is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker specializing in therapeutic interventions for children ages 3 & up, adolescents, young adults, and families. She is currently serving as a private practitioner and as the Adolescent Intensive Outpatient Program Director at the Center For Integrative Healing (www.cfih.org).
Leigha earned her Master’s degree in Social Work at the University of Texas in 2010 and spent the following three and a half years working with families involved in the Texas foster care system. It is in this role that she began targeting her interest in trauma informed care and actually developed and led a foster and adoptive parent training based on the National Child Traumatic Stress Network’s research. Leigha also spent time working as a counselor at an elementary school and has led therapy groups with children living in a shelter for domestic violence victims.
Before deciding to practice independently, Leigha also worked with a non-profit organization that provided preventative services to families with children who were at risk of being removed from their homes. She spent one year providing intensive in home therapy to families of youth with serious emotional, behavioral, and mental health needs and then spent another year working in the organization’s residential treatment center for adolescent girls. This accumulation of experience has given Leigha a great understanding of the impact systems play in treatment and the importance of engaging clients in the therapeutic process.