Lelia Ruffin-Franks (Telehealth Only)Licensed Professional Counselor

    Lelia Ruffin- Franks is a Licensed Professional Counselor with over 12 years of experience working with adults with Mental Health and Substance Abuse diagnoses. She graduated from Tuskegee University in 2006 and Alabama Agriculture and Mechanical University in 2009. She has worked in various settings, including private practice, inpatient psychiatric hospital, community mental health residential facilities, and substance abuse facilities with abstinence-based 12 step principles as well as Medication Assistant Treatments. Lelia has worked as an Executive Director of an Acute Mental Health facility as well as a Substance Abuse facility. She has worked as a Regional Clinical Director, managing multiple clinics, ineffective treatment modalities for Opioid Use Disorder with Medication Assistant Treatment. Lelia has experience in working with adults experiencing depression, anxiety, substance abuse, dual diagnosis, relationships issues, parenting issues, as well as life transitions such as empty nester, divorce, and grief.

    Lelia provides a supportive environment to collaborate with clients using active listening, empathetic responses, and outcomes-focused treatment to help achieve goals. She uses various treatment techniques including person-centered, cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), solution-focused therapy, narrative, and motivational interviewing. Therapy is an opportunity to explore difficult emotions, find hope, and heal. Lelia believes you are the expert of your life and will offer a safe and nonjudgmental environment where you can work towards the life you want. Taking the steps toward improvement requires the courage to leave the familiar. Together, we can work towards the life you desire.

    Lelia’s Counseling expertise:

    – Individual
    – Depression
    – Anxiety
    – Communication skills
    – Adjustment disorder
    – Grief
    – Addiction
    – Dual Diagnosis
    – Trauma Informed care