Leia Charnin, Ph.D.


Leia Is a Licensed Psychologist in Charlotte, NC


Hi, I’m Leia (yes, as in Princess Leia!).

I nurtured my inner nerd (lovingly called the “nerd sister” by her big brother) by developing ChangeWell Psych and accumulating a number of roles along the way, such as licensed psychologist, speaker, trainer, researcher, and podcast host.

I have a deep fascination with human behavior and development, which I fostered through research on some of the following topics: stereotype and prejudice formation; ways that bias affects career choices; and trauma-informed care models. This foundation resulted in my core value of being a social justice advocate. I prioritize equity and observe human experiences through a multicultural lens.

Other topics that delight me include every single dog that I see, the outdoors (I’m an avid hiker), and live music (that band nerd from high school will always be a part of my identity).

  • Licensed Psychologist, North Carolina
  • Licensed Psychology Interjurisdictional Compact (PSYPACT) Telepsychology Provider
  • Intensive trauma training implementation at VA Boston, including gold standard trauma-therapies of Prolonged Exposure and Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Intensive training and implementation of full-model Dialectic Behavior Therapy
  • Somatic Attachment Therapy Certification
  • PEERS Social Skills Certified through Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
  • Intensive Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Training
  • Post-doctoral Fellowship specializing in PTSD and BPD at VA Boston Healthcare System
  • Pre-doctoral Internship at University of Delaware Counseling Center
  • Safe Zone Trainer for LGBTQ+ awareness and ally education
  • Certified Question, Persuade, Refer suicide prevention presenter
  • Member of Charlotte Transgender Healthcare Group
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology, University of Missouri at Kansas City, dissertation on implicit race bias and ethnocultural empathy
  • Bachelor of Arts with Honors in Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Publications and Presentations:

  • Charnin, L. (2018). Developing group counseling in university counseling centers: The role of group therapy assessment. Open session presentation at American Group Psychotherapy Association, Houston, TX.
  • Charnin, L. & Iverson, M. (2016). Trauma-informed care in college counseling centers: Lessons from the literature and implications for students. Poster presented at Annual National Department of Veterans Affairs Research Week, Boston, MA.
  • Charnin, L. (2015). Implications for multicultural counseling training: Motivation, implicit race bias, empathy, and attribution bias. Doctoral dissertation, University of Missouri at Kansas City. Counseling and Educational These and Dissertations (UMKC).
  • Bertram, R. M., Schaffer, P., Charnin, L. (2014). Changing organization culture: Data-driven participatory evaluation and revision of wraparound implementation. Journal of Evidence-Based Social Work.
  • Marszalek, J. M., Santee, J., Charnin, L., Zhang, T., & Youan, B. C. (2011). Assessment of students’ learning and perceptions of task value of a physical pharmacy laboratory course. International Journal of Pharmacy Education and Practice, 7(2), 1-15.
Life can feel more fulfilling by cultivating compassion, knowledge, and courageous exploration.
- Dr. Leia Charnin
Leia Charnin, a Licensed Psychologist based out of Charlotte, NC and founder of ChangeWell Psych

Counseling for Adolescents (13+) and Adults

While my training foundation is broad, I specialize in working with eager-to-engage teenagers and adults who are struggling with:

Anxiety, particularly performance, health, and social anxiety
Trauma, with a special focus on relational trauma
Stress management and burnout healing related to work and career
Relational development to strengthen existing relationships and form new ones
Changes and transitions
Emerging adulthood issues
Diversity and cultural identity
LGBTQIA+ issues

Leia's Approach to Therapy

Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma (CPT)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Somatic Attachment Therapy
Prolonged Exposure for Trauma

Meet ChangeWell Psych's Therapists

Talley Mortara, LMFTA

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

Aliya Saulson, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Emily Soukhanouvong, Psy.D.

Licensed Psychologist


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