Ananda Leininger, LMHCA

A Note from Ananda:

Welcome to Twin Lakes Counseling!
I'm so glad you are here.

Are you worried about your child's behavior at school or at home? Are you wondering about how to improve your relationship with your partner? Do you have concerns about how your family interacts with each other?

 I enjoy working with children, families, and couples, to help everyone feel heard and supported. I believe in establishing a safe and trusting space in the counseling room to allow clients to explore new ways of interacting. Each client will follow their own path towards greater awareness, understanding, and peace.

I specialize in working with kids, families, and relational issues. I use play therapy to engage kids of all ages in the therapeutic process.

Ananda Leininger, LMHCA


Ananda received her master's degree in Psychology from Saybrook University in San Francisco, California. She also holds a Masters degree in Mathematics from the University of California - San Diego, and a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Prior to coming to TLC, she gained experience working in community mental health with both children and adults.

One aspect of therapy Ananda is most appreciative of, is the opportunity she gets to see the incredible inner wisdom that each person brings into the room, whether they are a child or adult, and then subsequently guide them on a journey to begin recognizing that inner wisdom themselves. She believes that this allows for growth into an increasingly authentic version of themselves.

To accomplish this, Ananda finds techniques such as play, art, mindfulness, humanistic theory, and family systems therapy most useful to help clients confront a variety of issues. Ananda specializes in working with individuals, couples, families, and children with a variety of issues including depression, anxiety, disruptive behavior, life transitions, and relational distress.

Ananda takes a strengths-based approach, believing that each client comes in with strengths and resources which can be tapped into to create positive change in their lives. Ananda offers a peaceful and accepting presence to help clients process their experiences without fear of judgment. 

Ananda Leininger is a master's level clinician and a licensed mental health counselor associate in the state of Washington. She is supervised by Rebekah Woods, PhD, LMFT.


  • Licensed Mental Health Counseling Associate (MC 60787747)
  • Masters in Clinical Psychology

Memberships & Trainings

  • Treasurer, Pierce County Counselors Association
  • The Interpersonal Neurobiology of Play: Brain-Building Interventions for Emotional Well-Being (5 hours; 2019)
  • TF-CBT (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy) (10 hours; 2015)

Ananda helps clients facing many challenges.

  • Individual Counseling
  • Pre-marital Counseling
  • Discernment Counseling
  • Classroom Consultation
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Mediation
  • Telehealth Sessions

Ananda Leininger is a masters-level clinician under supervision at Twin Lakes Counseling. Her hourly rate is $120/hour

Let’s Begin

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