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Leslie Moulton Asplund, Ph.D., is a psychotherapist and licensed social worker in private practice and currently living on Camano Island, Washington, USA. She co-owns Spirit Ridge Counseling with her husband, Kurt (www.spiritridgecounseling.com). Leslie was Adjunct Faculty for many years at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work, where she taught Clinical Practice and other courses in the Masters and Doctoral programs.
Specializing in marriage and family therapy, trauma resolution, and the treatment of depression and anxiety disorders, Leslie has also expanded her more traditional education with training in EMDR, solution-focused brief therapy, and hypnotherapy. Leslie’s graduate work focused on domestic violence and included work in criminal justice settings. She accomplished publishing and conference presentations: (Nurius, P.S., & Asplund, L.M. (1994); “Community Responses to partner abuse: Challenges and opportunities for social work and feminists”, The Journal of Applied Social Sciences: Special Issue on Feminist Thought, Social Policy and Social Work, 18 (1), Fall/Winter)
As part of the original team that created the Authenticity Project (an effort to integrate Bahá’í ethical principles and the psychological dynamics of growth), Leslie has long been dedicated to the study of human psychological dynamics as they function in the context of spiritual development. She is a former board member of the Bahá’í Association for Mental Health and the Bahá’í Association for the Advancement of Arts and Media. She is a current board member of the Uniting Hearts Networking Institute, a non-profit corporation for The Unity Museum: A Bahá’í Perspective on Peace.
Leslie and her husband Kurt have made several presentations at the Association for Bahá’í Studies conferences, focusing on the arts as well as the psychology of spirituality (see “Borderlands of Heaven, A Play in 3 Acts” by Kurt Asplund). Leslie worked for many years in Hollywood as an assistant director on shows such as Charlie’s Angels, Cagney and Lacey and Happy Days. More recently she has produced and directed theatre. She directed and produced the arts programming at the Social and Economic Development Conference in Orlando for two years, including main stage productions and arts “lead-ins” opening each of 48 workshops. She sings in the BlueStreet Voices jazz ensemble.