Izy Leighton

MA, Marriage and Family Therapist Associate

(she / her / hers)

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Relationships and sexuality are important and complex parts of our lives. They contain significant potential for intimacy and vibrancy, but they can also evoke fear, sadness, disconnection, and shame. As your therapist, my mission is to create a safe space for you to explore these parts of your experience. Together, we will make sense of what arises and use it as a guide toward deeper connection with yourself and others.

I believe healing occurs in relationship, through the telling of our stories, and by relating to our emotional, relational, and cultural experiences in new ways. I would be honored to guide you through this process and help you move toward greater intimacy and wholeness.

Izy specializes in…

  • Licensure
  • Marriage and Family Therapist Associate
  • Clinical Supervisors: Alana R. Ogilvie, MS, LMFT, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist and Lauren Goldstein, MSW, LCSW, AASECT Certified Sex Therapist

  • Degrees
  • Master of Arts in Marriage, Couples and Family Therapy with specialization in Sex Therapy – Lewis & Clark College
  • Advanced Trainings
  • Emotionally Focused Individual Therapy (EFIT): Attachment-based Interventions to Treat Trauma, Anxiety, and Depression
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy Externship (EFT)
  • Clinical Trauma Professional Training Level 1 (CCTP): Working with the Neurobiological Legacy of Trauma

My Journey

I entered this work with my own multilayered sexual and relationship history. I am grateful for many parts of my story: safe and loving relationships, a sex-positive upbringing, and autonomy over my body. Other parts have been painful and confusing.

As a queer and intersex woman, I have felt that my desires and body were “wrong”, leading to experiences of shame and disconnection. I learned to share myself selectively with others and keep parts of myself hidden or quiet. It has felt profoundly difficult at times to connect with my own experience and to let myself be fully seen.

So much of my own healing has come from allowing myself to be seen in the safe container of therapy and close relationships. Through my experience, I have come to believe in the transformative power of having your story witnessed by others and received with compassion. I aspire to offer others these same safe containers and “corrective emotional experiences” in their journeys toward pleasure and connection.

I utilize a combination of experiential, emotion focused, and narrative therapy to facilitate a process that is attuned, curious, and loving. Based on your specific wants and needs, I may also offer mindfulness practices and tangible “tools” to reduce distress. I attend to the intersections of biological, psychological, social, and spiritual factors in my clients’ lives and the work we do together. My practice is trauma-informed and aligned with the values of equity and social justice.

When I’m not doing therapy, I love to eat delicious food, get out in nature, spend time with my dog and favorite people, and occasionally watch the trashiest TV you can possibly imagine.

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