Renee Leff, LMFT, JD has both a Juris Doctor in Law and a is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Although she is a psychotherapist and not an attorney, Renee Leff finds her legal background helpful for families in transition. Her specialties consist of relational issues, pre and post divorce issues and child-related issues stemming from non-marriages. Additionally, she assists parents in the creation of parenting plans that fit the needs of any given family, including parenting plans for infants and children, and children resisting visitation.
She helps each member of a family cope with their unique divorce and other relational issues. She assists high conflict couples in acquiring co-parenting skills and coaches couples undergoing child custody evaluations. She is certified with with young children, age 0-5 and has also worked as a parenting plan coordinator.
Renee Leff, J.D., LMFT
Address: 16110 Ventura Bl., #215 Encino, CA. 91436
AREAS OF PRACTICE
Los Angeles County
B.A. in English and History from Cal State University, Los Angeles;
J.D. from Southwestern University College of Law; and
MA in Marriage and Family Therapy fom Phillips Graduate Institute;
Completed Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis; and
Obtained Certification for Infant-Parent Mental Health at University of Massachusetts.
Mediation/Collaborative Law Training
Coalition for Collaborative Divorce
Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association
Professional Associations and Memberships
Past President of the San Fernando Valley Chapter of the California
Association of Marriage and Family Therapists;
Former Adjunct Faculty at Phillips Graduate Institute;
Former Adjunct Faculty at Cal State University Northridge;
Past board member of the Los Angeles Collaborative Family Law Association;
Member of the Los Angeles Valley Bar Association;
Member of the San Fernando Valley Bar Association;
Member of the Association of Family Conciliation Courts.
Honors and Awards
Lectures at various universities and conferences on the topic of:
Law and Ethics; and The Role of the Mental Health Professional in the Legal Arena.
Many published works including the following:
“Child custody: Should the pendulum swing back to a primary caregiver,” which was published in the Los Angeles Daily Journal on January 25, 2012;
“When a Parent Moves Away,” which was published in the July/August 2010 edition of Valley Lawyer Magazine;
“Co-Parenting vs. Parallel Parenting: Which Strategy Should Be Implemented in Family Law Custody Disputes?,” which was published in the May 2009 edition of Valley Lawyer Magazine;
“Joint Custody Moms,” which was published by The Coalition for Cooperative Divorce in 2001.