I am LeAnn Gardner, LISW-CP, MDiv, a licensed clinical social worker and an ordained minister. I received a Master of Social Work degree from Baylor University and a Master of Divinity from Truett Seminary, also at Baylor. I began my career as a frontline Child Protective Services worker in Waco, Texas before serving in a local church as Associate Pastor.
I taught Master's level social work students at Baylor for 2 years on campus before I found myself back in Charleston. It was here I began working at the Dee Norton Lowcountry Children’s Center as a therapist, conducting forensic interviews as well as helping children heal from their traumatic experiences through therapy. I have continued to serve as an adjunct faculty member with the Garland School of Social Work at Baylor and have helped to pioneer their distance learning program.
My passions are finding the intersection between faith and social work issues, particularly how people find resilience and healing through their faith after a traumatic event occurs. I also enjoy helping parents navigate 21st century issues with their children, with special attention to sexual development, using intuition as a protective factor, helping establish healthy communication patterns between parents and their children, and helping to mobilize a community of trusted adults to share in the privilege (and daunting) task of loving and rearing children. I am also interested in helping people navigate the hurdles of life by empowering them to utilize their own inner resources.
Please get in touch for a consultation to discuss how I might be able to help you on your journey.
Areas of Interest:
- Clergy Services
- Peri and Postpartum Depression
- Birth Trauma
- Perinatal Loss (miscarriage and stillbirth)
- Premarital Counseling
- Marital Counseling
- Faith issues
- Sexual Behavior, development and education
LeAnn has special training in:
- Attachment and Adoption (certified Homestudy provider and can accept birthmother relinquishments)
- PREPARE-ENRICH premarital, marital and parenting inventory (trainer)
- Normative and Problematic Sexual Behaviors
- Integrating faith into treatment
*LeAnn accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield (all kinds) and Tricare insurance. Please contact her to work out a payment arrangement.