About Me

Michael B. Leach, Ph.D.

Michael B. Leach, Ph.D. | Clinical and Forensic Psychologist

Here is a brief outline of my professional credentials.  Of course, I would be most happy to discuss with you whatever you would like to know regarding my professional experience and qualifications.

A.B.  Brown University, 1970
M.A.  Case Western Reserve University, 1972
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, 1976

I was a National Institutes of Mental Health Fellow at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles.

I have taught psychology at several area colleges and universities, including Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, Ursuline College and Baldwin-Wallace College.

Over the past 30 years, I have worked with individuals and families from a variety of backgrounds and a multitude of situations.  It has been my privilege to help them develop lives that are deeply meaningful and emotionally satisfying.  Psychotherapy, as I am sure you are aware, is not a set of tricks and techniques.  Rather, it is a very personal relationship that affects people on a number of levels.  Most of my clients come away from the process with some new practical skills and new, more adaptive ways of looking at life.  They also hone their capacities to look at themselves, with more insight and greater self-understanding.

Particularly rewarding for me has been my work with families, assisting them in healing from the wounds and fractures of divorce.

Perhaps I may assist you – or someone you love – in dealing with the stresses and challenges of life, changing problem behaviors, habits, moods and thoughts, and in making the experience of life more satisfying?

Center for Effective Living, Inc.
I am pleased to be affiliated with the Center for Effective Living, Inc., which is a multidisciplinary practice group that I founded in 1979, comprised of psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers and clinical counselors. I see clients in the East Side (Beachwood) office and also see clients in the West Side (Fairview) office of the Center for Effective Living, Inc., in Westgate Mall. You may want to check out their website at www.effective-living.com. When you call for an appointment, you can specify the office where you would like to see me. Clients comprise all cultural, racial, and economic backgrounds, including individuals with different sexual orientations.