Individual and Couples Counseling

During my 35-plus years providing Individual and Couples Counseling, I have witnessed thousands of wake-up calls. Some took the form of marital disharmony or divorce, depression or anxiety, physical illness, or personal loss. These wake-up calls bring our attention to the emotions, thoughts, and behaviors that cause pain and no longer serve us.

You may ask yourself, “How do I find inner peace?”
Counseling provides a safe, confidential environment for self-exploration. It’s a collaborative process between client and therapist to increase awareness so that outmoded beliefs and habits can be altered. With conscious intention we can live authentically and in peace.

Since I am both a therapist and a writer, I frame each individual as the main character in his or her life story. In effect, everyone is the hero or heroine, called to face difficulties, detours and road blocks. The hero/heroine must overcome adversity, transform their life and change their story. As the main character in a life movie, individuals follow a script or belief system.

Individual and Couples Counseling

In Individual and Couples Counseling I create a safe space to identify problem areas and work together with you to change thoughts, feelings, and behavioral patterns that prevent you from achieving health and inner peace. As you become aware of the script, you can change your story. Just like in the movies, you can alter the script, change the characters, and create a story that serves you best.

My personal journey took me through a turbulent childhood. I grew up in a household ravaged by my father’s mental illness, domestic violence and blaming parents. I have since learned that out of our deepest wounds come our greatest gifts. The amazing gift I received as a young boy was a quest. And that quest was to find my voice and the meaning of home. Life has taught me that Home and inner peace resides in the heart and soul and remains with us wherever we go.

If you would like to see how Individual and Couples Counseling can help shift your personal story to achieve inner peace, contact me by phone or click here.


“After we had the sessions with you, our relationship has evolved to another level of intimacy, trust, and love that I could only imagine in the past. We are very in tune of each others feeling now. It’s a blessing to have your guidance and be in this marriage that is filled with so much happiness, joy and trust. We can’t thank you enough.” Couple, Irvine, CA

“Thank you so much, Leonard. You are truly so skilled, so gifted and so great at your chosen profession.” Client, Dana Point, CA

“I do not know how my family would have grown, endured, and thrived through some very tough times without Leonard Szymczak. I wish every family could have a Leonard! I trust this man with my most precious things, my family relationships.” Client, Chicago, IL

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