Dr. Leslie Hawkins is a licensed clinical psychologist who provides psychological evaluations for clients of all ages. She specializes in evaluating and assessing educational/learning difficulties (e.g., dyslexia, dysgraphia, dyscalculia), ADHD and executive functioning, and cognitive impairment, as well as psychological and neuropsychological difficulties. Dr. Hawkins has worked across multiple settings, to include military and veteran hospitals, neuropsychological and rehabilitation clinics, public schools, community health centers, and private practice. Dr. Hawkins’ priority is to provide excellent clinical care in a warm and supportive environment. She works collaboratively with clients to promote personal growth and lasting changes.
EDUCATION: University of Virginia, BA in Psychology, 2006; Norfolk State University, MA in Community/Clinical Psychology, 2008; The Virginia Consortium Program in Clinical Psychology, PsyD in Clinical Psychology, 2010
INTERNSHIP: North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System
POST DOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP AND EXPERIENCES: Specialization in Traumatic Brain Injury and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder at North Florida/South Georgia Veterans Health System; Fort Belvoir Community Hospital; Military Sexual Trauma Coordinator, Rehabilitation Psychologist, and Training Plan Lead at Washington D.C. Veterans Affairs Medical Center; Private Practice.
CREDENTIALS: Doctorate in Clinical Psychology, Licensed in the Commonwealth of Virginia
SERVICES PROVIDED: Psychoeducational testing, Neuropsychological testing, Comprehensive evaluations, Emotional testing, and Admissions testing with children, adolescents, and adults; Individual therapy with adolescents and adults; Certified Provider in Cognitive Processing Therapy, Prolonged Exposure Therapy, and CBT for Insomnia
MEMBERSHIP: American Psychological Association; Virginia Academy of Clinical Psychologists; Northern Virginia Clinical Psychologists
- Learning Disorders (e.g., Dyslexia, Dysgraphia, Dyscalculia)
- Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
- Executive Functioning
- Cognitive Testing
- Cognitive Impairment and Rehabilitation following Traumatic Brain Injury
- Developmental Concerns
- Posttraumatic Stress Disorder
- Anxiety Disorders
- Depression and Mood Disorders
- Adjustment difficulties
Dr. Hawkins’ training has been diverse and has led to specialization in both psychological assessment and psychotherapy. She has expertise helping children, adolescents, and their families obtain a thorough understanding of difficulties related to learning, executive functioning, and attention that are impacting their functioning at school and at home. Dr. Hawkins also has expertise conducting diagnostic evaluations with clients of all ages who may be experiencing changes in mood or behavior. She focuses on tailoring assessments so that clients can gain a thorough understanding of their strengths and weaknesses and receive helpful recommendations moving forward.
Therapeutically, Dr. Hawkins takes an integrative approach to treatment. She is trained in several evidence-based therapies (e.g., Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, and Mindfulness) that she implements based on each client’s individual needs. She believes psychotherapy is an empowering experience that focuses on building one’s strengths while also providing relief from current stressors. Dr. Hawkins works with each client to further develop their sense of efficacy over change and enhance their overall well-being.
When she is not working, Dr. Hawkins enjoys spending time with her husband and son and catching up with friends. Her interests include running, reading, watching movies, and spending as much time outdoors as possible.