Leah Puddester, Ph.D.

Credentials: Leah Puddester holds a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology from the University of Ottawa. She has been a Licensed Psychologist in Newfoundland and Labrador since 2010 and a Licensed Psychologist by the Texas State Board of Psychological Examiners since 2019. Dr. Puddester also holds the Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C). She is a member of the American Psychological Association (APA) and of the Sam Houston Area Psychological Association (SHAPA).

Professional Background: Dr. Puddester has worked in a variety of settings with a variety of clients throughout her career. She began her career with Eastern Health, the largest health authority in St. John’s, working with children and adolescents in the Adolescent Psychiatry and Chronic Disease Prevention and Childhood Obesity programs. She later used her specialization in Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder to work with adult survivors of childhood abuse with the ARRIVA Traumatic Stress Clinic. Dr. Puddester has also maintained her own private practice since 2011. Through her work with children, adolescents, adults and families, a passion was born to focus on women’s mental health. She specializes in Perinatal Mental Health (pregnancy and postpartum) and holds the Perinatal Mental Health Certification (PMH-C) from the Postpartum Society International.

Dr. Puddester has a great deal of experience working with other psychologists, physicians and mental health professionals, addressing the areas of mindfulness, self-compassion and compassion fatigue. She also holds a certification in advanced clinical supervision and has been offering supervision to pre-doctoral residents and provisionally licensed psychologists since 2012.

Clinical Focus: Dr. Puddester has a diversified clinical skill set, offering individual therapy to adolescents and adults. Her areas of focus include: depression, anxiety disorders, trauma, grief and loss, obesity and chronic disease prevention, eating and body image concerns, relationship difficulties, adolescent and young adult concerns, and life transitions.

Women’s Mental Health and Perinatal Mental Health: Dr. Puddester is particularly passionate about working with adolescent girls and women experiencing a variety of challenges. She specializes in working with new mothers dealing with challengesin the pregnancy and postpartum period, helping individuals navigate the life transition to parenthood.

Treatment Philosophy:
Dr. Puddester takes an integrative approach to therapy, drawing from: Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Gestalt and Experiential Theory, Mindfulness-Based Interventions, and Self-Compassion skills. Interventions are always tailored to the specific needs and concerns of the client.

Dr. Puddester’s practice is rooted in her belief in the resiliency of the human spirit and the power of coming alongside others to promote healing and growth. Her primary focus is on building a safe and trusting relationship with her clients so that individuals can realize their own strengths and capabilities. She considers it a true privilege to work with others as they navigate difficult situations.

Personal: Life outside of work is all about family for Dr. Puddester. She, her husband, and their two small children recently moved to The Woodlands from Newfoundland, Canada. They love exploring the great state of Texas and all it has to offer. She’s passionate about her own personal growth and loves to unwind with a good workout or great book.

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