Michael Leach, phd
I am the founder of Richland Oaks - and while much of my vision, skills and effort have gone into Richland Oaks, the Center never would have happened without the founding work of Drs. Kelleigh Head, Natalie Kauder and Kristy Novinski, and the continued support of my wife and our families. ROCC has been truly a labor of love.
I see patients diverse in ethnicity, religious identification, social class, gender and sexuality. I have a particular focus on students, interns and newly licensed professionals in mental health - in some ways I am a therapist's therapist. I see primarily adults, some couples, and a few adolescents.
I completed my clinical training at Biola University/Rosemead School of Psychology, a theological (Christian) affiliated university with emphasis on classical and contemporary psychodynamic theory. My primary practice interests are in integrative psychology: multicultural psychology and psychodynamic theory; Christian theology and psychology; Buddhist psychology and western psychology; Christianity and Buddhism.
I started teaching in 1999, beginning at Glendale Community College and Azusa Pacific University. In 2005 I began teaching at the Texas School of Professional Psychology (TSPP) at Argosy University, Dallas, where I've taught courses in assessment, multicultural psychology and held a position in the Clinical Training Department since 2007. I became the interim Program Chair of TSPP in 2011 and the Program Dean in 2013. I am a teacher at heart, and all my clinical work takes on a teaching flavor (despite my mentors' criticism).
Perhaps most importantly, I am an administrative nightmare, spiritually curious, and cultural rooted in many spaces.