Cheryl Leong MFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
For appointments: I offer psychotherapy and couples therapy services.

You can expect a combination of depth, compassion and pragmatism. My focus is relationship healing and empowerment. My approaches include Transactional Analysis, Cognitive Mindfulness, The Gottman Method, Expressive Art Therapy and other holistic practices. LGBT Friendly, Immigrant Friendly, Inter-culturally sensitive

Other specializations:
Substance Abuse (Dual Diagnosis), ADHD, Depression, Anxiety 11/27/2018

A Clinician's Guide to Gender-Affirming Care: Working with Transgender and Gender Nonconforming Clients

Excellent new book out by a fellow Bay Area therapist and other specialists in the country. Transgender and gender nonconforming (TNGC) clients have complex mental health concerns, and are more likely than ever to seek out treatment. This comprehensive resource outlines the latest research and recommendations to provide you with the requisite knowledge, skills, and awareness to treat TN...


meta emotions emotional scripts

Meta-Emotion Research and Emotional Script Analysis #twentyfirstcenturyta

TA Conference, Singapore Read more about emotion, responded, gottman, sadness, scripts and intimacy. 11/14/2018

How scientists are trying to unlock the mysteries of hypnosis

Certainly seen some great results with hypnotherapy It may seem like a topic from the edge of woo, but hypnosis is getting a new look from researchers studying its fascinating effects on our brains. 09/27/2018

How This Psychologist Is Making Therapy More Accessible For Black Millennial Women Meet Dr. Bradford, a licensed psychologist based in Atlanta, Georgia and founder of Therapy for Black Girls. Passionate about the changing the stigma surrounding mental health issues and therapy which often prevents black women from taking the step of seeing a therapist. 07/17/2018

A Guide to Setting Healthy Boundaries in Relationships - Talkspace Online Therapy Blog

Compromise only happens if we know where our boundaries are and how flexible we’re willing to be. #gottmanmethod #couplestherapy Learning to set boundaries with others can be a challenging process, but it's crucial for healthy relationships. This guide will help you get started. 07/11/2018

What Pride Means to the Gay Couples Institute As Pride month marches in, it’s important to remember what Gay Pride means. Our perspective is shaped by our experience as Certified Gottman Therapists who specialize in gay couples therapy. 07/11/2018

Adults need recess too. Here's why you should make time to play. Research has shown that adults, too, have a lot to gain from the act of playing.



Not everyone can afford — or reach — a therapist. This movement of friendly elders can help. 06/22/2018

The Future of Healing: Shifting From Trauma Informed Care to Healing Centered Engagement

The future. Shawn Ginwright Ph.D. 03/11/2018

3 Defining Features of ADHD That Everyone Overlooks The textbook symptoms of ADD — inattention, hyperactivity, and impulsivity — fail to reflect several of its most powerful characteristics; the ones that shape your perceptions, emotions, and motiva… 11/17/2017

Anxiety Affects Your Entire Body, And It's Time To Treat It That Way Andrea Petersen, author of On Edge: A Journey Through Anxi... 11/13/2017

Mental health? It’s in the mind and the body, too | Rachel Kelly

"Once we accept the union of mental and physical health, a few things become clear. First, we should ditch the term “mental health”. From now on, we should talk about someone’s health – all in. We would lose much of the stigma that still surrounds saying we are “mentally” unwell. We’re not. We’re just unwell." We are wrong to deny the link between physical and mental health, as emerging evidence suggests 08/26/2017

Breaking the Pursue-Withdraw Pattern: An Interview with Scott R. Woolley, Ph.D. The pursue-withdraw pattern is an extremely common cause of divorce. If left unresolved, it will continue into a second marriage and subsequent intimate relationships. 08/08/2017

Loneliness is deadlier than obesity, study suggests Loneliness is deadlier than obesity and should be considered a major public health hazard, the biggest ever review into the problem has suggested. 07/26/2017

APA Questions Announcement to Bar Transgender People From US Military

"“The American Psychological Association questions the reasoning behind President Trump’s call to bar transgender people from the military. We’ve seen no scientific evidence that allowing transgender people to serve in the armed forces has had an adverse impact on our military readiness or unit cohesion. Therefore, we ask that transgender individuals continue to be allowed to serve their country,” said APA President Antonio E. Puente, Ph.D." APA strongly opposes President Trump’s announced ban on transgender people serving 'in any capacity' in the U.S. military. 06/30/2017

When OCD Targets Your Relationship | Psych Central Chuck said he wasn’t sure if he really loved his fiancée. Yes, there were times, when he was certain he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her. But lately, the doubts were constant and he thought he should break the engagement. The wedding was two weeks away. He had experienced obsessive-comp... 06/16/2017

Gender identity & pronoun use: A guide for pediatric health care professionals - Notes Blog Boston Children's LGBTQ+ experts discuss gender identity and share a pronoun guide, strategies and terminology for use in pediatric practice and beyond.

[06/08/17]   5 letters just aren't enough to express the 🌈. No number of alphabets will encompass the rich diversity of the human spirit. So I'm following the "+" movement. My therapy practice officially welcomes: LGBTQ+
#happypride #diversity #loveislove 05/22/2017

Want to Boost Your Happiness? Try these 10 tips for a more joyful life 05/13/2017

Remembering A Few Words Can Change Your Brain Dr. Suzuki explains how she changed the culture of her family forever.


Rep. Ted Lieu

I am proud to introduce the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act of 2017 to ensure that no person is forced to undergo ‘conversion therapy.’

Conversion therapy isn’t only ineffective, it’s also dangerous. Yet, those providing it charge families thousands of dollars and suffer few consequences. It is time that we put an end to this scam and pass this legislation, sending a message that being LGBT cannot be and does not need to be cured. #BornPerfect 04/18/2017

This 75-Year Harvard Study Found the 1 Secret to Leading a Fulfilling Life

"The clearest message that we get from this 75-year study is this: Good relationships keep us happier and healthier. Period." Here's some wisdom gleaned from one of the longest longitudinal studies ever conducted. 04/16/2017

A moving short film explores what it’s really like to live with ADHD. There are many misconceptions about ADHD; this four-minute cartoon may help change that.


Therapy on a bench: the grandmas beating mental illness in Harare – video

One in four people in Zimbabwe experiences mental health problems but there are only 13 psychiatrists in the country. To help plug the gap, an army of grandmothers offer a listening ear on park benches 03/30/2017

Secrets of Your ADHD Brain

"Those with the condition don't have a shortage of attention. They pay too much attention to everything. Most people with unmedicated ADHD have four or five things going on in their minds at once. The hallmark of the ADHD nervous system is not attention deficit, but inconsistent attention." Most people are neurologically equipped to determine what's important and get motivated to do it, even when it doesn't interest them. Then there are the rest of us, who have attention deficit (and the ADHD brain that goes along with it). 03/23/2017

10 Common Myths About ADHD Parents Always Hear We're all sick of hearing these common myths about ADHD. Here's how to respond when someone says it's an excuse for poor parenting or solved by spanking. 03/22/2017

The ADHD Mind - Demystified for Neurotypicals! If you've lost untold hours on Twitter or Instagram, you understand the power of hyperfocus. Learn more about the ADHD traits that explain why we act this way. 03/15/2017

Neuroscience reveals 4 rituals that will make you happy

Neurobiological evidence for these 4 practices to breakout of an undesirable state/mood.

1. Asking- What am I grateful for?
2. Acknowledge how you feel. Name the emotion.
3. Make a decision. Finally deciding on something reduces worry and anxiety — as well as helping you solve problems.
4. Relationship contact, physical contact. From the most important question to ask yourself to the awe-inspiring power of physical contact...


Trust Revival Method - Drs. Julie & John Gottman

"Julie Gottman describes each phase of the Gottman Trust Revival Method, for guiding couples through recovering from an affair: Atone, Attune & Attach"

Can couples recover from an affair? In this brief video clip, Julie Gottman describes each phase of the Gottman Trust Revival Method, for guiding couples rec... 03/10/2017

Are You ‘Flooded’ During an Argument? – Cheryl Leong

Learn what to do when your arguments feel out of control. During a conflict with your partner you might be sprouting things you would not normally say, behaving in ways that feel out of control or feel a flight, freeze or flight response. After observing couples for decades


How to Complain Without Hurting Your Partner | Dr. Julie Gottman

How do couples that last 40 years complain to each other?
Research shows they do it with these 3 steps:
1. "I" + Negative Feeling (e.g., I'm upset, I'm frustrated)
2. Description of situation (e.g. the laundry stinks, i miss our conversations)
3. What you want/need (e.g. let's wash this more often, I want to cuddle and talk)

Want communications in your relationship to be more effective? Dr. Julie Schwartz Gottman explains the best (and worst) ways to talk to your mate about your ... 03/03/2017

The Civil War That Goes On In My ADHD Brain "I am bombarded daily by self-doubt and self-criticism, despite the fact that I know my behavior is not willful." 12 ADHD truths that mystify the rest of the world. 02/28/2017

APA and Partners Defend Transgender Students’ Rights

The American Psychological Association "notes that transgender students are more likely than their cisgender peers to face harassment and discrimination in school. Research has shown that this increases their risk for su***de, other self-harm, and drug use. Hence, federal policy explicitly clarifying protections is necessary to safeguard transgender students’ civil rights and well-being." Rescinded federal protections leave youth at risk. 02/24/2017

Why therapists are having such a hard time talking about Trump

"Mental health professionals such as Drake have abandoned neutrality, while others are struggling to maintain it. Therapists on both sides of the political aisle are grappling with how to help patients affected by a national issue over which they have little control." In her 35 years as a therapist, Arlene Drake has never heard so many clients talking about the same issue. Week after week, they complain of panic attacks and insomnia because of President Trump . They’re too anxious to concentrate at work. One woman’s fear turned into intense, physical pain.


#Trans102: Bathrooms

Introducing the first episode of #Trans102, exploring the nuances of what it means to be trans in today’s world. Watch and learn. For the latest updates, fol...



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