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About Leslie Cloninger, LCSW, LCASA

A firm believer in self-actualization, Leslie is eager to empower her patients by helping them develop the tools they need to be able to help themselves. As a provider, she feels honored and excited to help patients on their journeys towards more balanced, healthier lives. Prioritizing patient comfort and collaboration, Ms. Cloninger helps people gain insight into their thought and behavioral patterns in order to grow and change in positive ways. She works to help people fully experience their emotions and learn how to regulate them through building self-compassion and acceptance. Her approach to psychotherapy is eclectic as she has training and experiences with a wide range of modalities such as Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT), Gottman Level I, and Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT).

Partial List of Treatment Areas

  • Major Life Change: grief, divorce, etc
  • Alcohol Use
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Depression
  • Gender Confirmation Surgery Evaluation
  • LGBTQ+ Care
  • Opioid/Pain Med Use
  • Drug Use (non-opioid)
  • Personality Disorder
  • PTSD - Single Incident/Shock
  • badge-2 LGBTQ+ CareSignifies post graduate education in gender and sexual diversity and recognizes specialization in LGBTQ+ care.
  • badge-3 TelehealthSignifies the completion of a mental health telehealth training program

Education & Certifications

– Masters in Social Work from the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC
– Central District Representative of the National Association of Social Workers Board of Directors
– Bachelor degree in Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Chapel Hill, NC
– Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate
– Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist

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June 30, 2021

Went above and beyond when I was having a meltdown recently


June 24, 2021

Leslie is a diamond in the rough but I'm pretty sure y'all know that.


June 9, 2021

Leslie is great


June 3, 2021

Celebrating my successes! And cushioning my failures


April 15, 2021

She is very nice and positive


April 14, 2021

Leslie has been a fantastic help to me over the past year. I would recommend her to anyone and have recommended Mindpath to others


March 30, 2021

Leslie is one of the best! She s a compassionate, validating provider, but she manages to toe that line and not let her client(s) (me) get attached in a way that interferes with my care. It s a brilliant balance and prevents things like performing as a client to seek approval, which would be a huge disservice to my growth.


March 9, 2021

Leslie really listens!


March 6, 2021

Leslie Cloninger always "listens" rather than just hearing what you're saying. I look forward to my visit each month. It's nice to talk to someone who understands since I have nobody else I can comfortably discuss my issues with.


March 3, 2021

Leslie provided tangible opportunities to help through issues, in addition to our conversations.


February 15, 2021

She listens to me. Try s to find a way to make me feel better. She was very pleasant and made me feel comfortable.


January 27, 2021

Leslie has a good listening ear


January 26, 2021

Leslie is insightful and trustworthy. She brings pragmatic compassion to each session and I always come out feeling like I have learned something, or I feel calmer having processed a difficult situation.


January 21, 2021

I appreciate that Leslie is able to switch gears from the anticipated therapy plan based on what's going on with me that session.


January 14, 2021

Feeling heard and working towards ongoing self awareness and tools to shift my internal voice have opened a whole new strength in me.


January 14, 2021

Leslie is an amazing therapist! She listens without judgment and provides solutions for how to deal with difficult thoughts and feelings.


January 7, 2021

I recommend Leslie and Mindpath to everyone looking for a queer/LGBT therapist or medication management team in network w Aetna or BCBS. The providers are compassionate, genuine, and thoughtful.


December 23, 2020

The process for getting seen by a provider was very easy, which is good for those who may already be having a difficult time initially.


November 3, 2020

Leslie has been a wonderful, professional, practitioner that makes me feel comfortable and has helped me work through so many things. I feel more empowered and am now onto new goals.


December 18, 2019

Very pleasant, first therapy visit.


December 4, 2019

I think everything went really well. We both liked her a lot!


November 21, 2019

Very comfortable and professional


November 13, 2019

The experience was inspiring.


August 21, 2019

There was no front desk, just walked in and waited for clinician to come out

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas

Tropical Storm Isaias is headed towards the Carolinas. Please note that we plan to be open for appointments; however, be aware that power outages may be widespread which may impact telehealth and other appointments. We may not know until the last minute in all of our locations on Tuesday. Please be patient. We will waive missed appointment charges on Tuesday, August 4th in light of complications from the weather. If you and your provider are unable to connect, we will reach out to reschedule your appointment as soon as possible.