What is Psychotherapy?

At Illuminate Psychotherapy, Inc., licensed clinical professionals apply evidenced-based psychotherapy to help people develop healthier, more effective habits. There are several approaches to psychotherapy including cognitive-behavioral, dialectical behavioral, interpersonal, solution-focused, mindfulness-based and other kinds of talk therapy — that help individuals work through their problems.

Psychotherapy is a collaborative treatment based on the relationship between the client(s) and psychotherapist. Grounded in dialogue, it provides a supportive environment that allows you to talk openly with someone who is objective, neutral, and nonjudgmental. You and your psychotherapist will work together to identify and change the thought and behavioral patterns that are keeping you from feeling your best.

By the time you’re done, you will not only have solved the problem that brought you in, but you will have learned new skills so you can better cope with whatever challenges arise in the future.


About Leya Solis, MA, LMFT

Leya Solis, MA, LMFT is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT85493) who practices psychotherapy in Long Beach, California. Her licensure is regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences. She holds a Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from Antioch University, Los Angeles (2012).  She has earned a Bachelor of Arts in Child Development and Family Studies with a minor in Biology from California State University, Long Beach (2009).  Leya actively participates as a Clinical Member in the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT), as well as, the local Los Angeles CAMFT chapter.

Illuminate Psychotherapy, Inc. was founded in January 2020 after transitioning from her sole proprietorship. Leya opened this Marriage & Family Psychotherapy Corporation with plans to expand her practice with other clinicians and staff to implement her dream of providing accessible high quality mental health care and emotional wellness to the community.

Opening a private practice was a personal and professional goal. Leya’s main purpose is to help others reach their potential in living a happy, healthy and satisfying life.  She is really amazed with how people are quite resilient. Sometimes, we are simply not aware of our capabilities, and that is when and where psychotherapy can help foster personal growth.  Leya is a wholehearted person-centered psychotherapist and believes that our mind, heart, spirit, and body are all interconnected.  With research-based interventions and unconditional positive regard, we can help improve your emotional and psychological well-being.

Illuminate Psychotherapy, Inc. provides psychotherapy and counseling services to various populations: from young children & adolescents, to adults, parents, couples, and families.  We work and collaborate with mental health school-based programs,  the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (DMH) and the Los Angeles County Department of Probation


What is a LMFT?

A Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) is a mental health practitioner educated and trained to help with relationship difficulties; they assess, diagnose, and treat mental health disorders utilzing the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM 5).  LMFTs provide psychotherapeutic services to individuals, couples, families and groups wherein interpersonal relationships are examined for the purpose of achieving more adequate, satisfying, and productive marriage and family adjustments.

LMFTs are regulated by the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS). LMFTs must have earned a masters or doctorate degree and have at least 3000 hours of supervised clinical experience prior to being eligible to take two rigorous board exams to become licensed.

Leya Solis, MA, LMFT’s California Board of Behavioral Sciences license number is LMFT 85493.

For more information regarding LMFTs visit: BBS: What is a LMFT? and CAMFT: Who are LMFTs?


Graduate/Post-Graduate Clinical Trainings, Workshops, & Certificates

  • November 2011: Trauma Focused – Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT)
  • January 2012: Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT)
  • June 2012: Assessment of Infants/Toddlers ages 0-3 years old (DC: 0-3R)
  • March 2013: Nonviolent Crisis Intervention
  • February 2014: Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP–an evidenced-based model for children and families)
  • February 2014:  The 3 As–Asperger’s, Autism, ADD/ADHD
  • September 2014:  Effecting Change through the use of Motivational InterviewingSeven-Principles-Leader-Badge-1-1
  • May 2016: Advanced Transgender Mental Health Training
  • February 2017: Family-Based Therapy for Anorexia
  • November 2017: Leader in 7 Principles for Making Marriage Work