“What I am is good enough if I would only be it openly.” ― Carl R. Rogers

Openly Being is about the experience of being human. We are all so different, yet there are common challenges we face as we seek contentment, peace, and acceptance in life.

See more from Dr. Leslie Ralph around the web:

9 Promises to Make (and Keep) for a Healthy, Happy Relationship on Mind Body Green

28 Ways to Bounce Back When Everything Goes Wrong on Mind Body Green

7 Ways to Unmask the Super Hero Inside of You on Pick the Brain

Practicing Loving-Kindness Even When (Especially When) You Are Hurting on Tiny Buddha

The 3 Secrets of Change on Cracking the Happiness Code

6 Ways to Live Creatively (Even If You’re Not Artistic) on Inspiyr

5 Ways to Boost Optimism on Psych Central

Self-Affirmation: A Simple Exercise That Actually Helps on Psych Central

4 Ways to Benefit from Envy on Psych Central

Releasing Pressure and Expectations to Make Room for Life on Tiny Buddha

How Throwback Thursday Benefits Our Psychological Well-Being on Psych Central

3 Quotes That Teach Us about Being Human on The Change Blog

Have You Skipped Saying These 6 Things to Your Partner Today? on Having Time

Life is Like a Game of Tetris on Psych Central

10 Ways to Immediately Improve Your Life on Pick the Brain

About me

I’m a licensed clinical psychologist practicing at the University of Arizona Counseling and Psych Services*. I earned my M.A. and Ph.D. in clinical psychology at Texas Tech University.

I have provided psychotherapy, consultation, and assessment services across a range of settings, including adult and child psychiatric clinics, outpatient counseling centers, and medical clinics.

Outside of the office, I am a wife and mother, music enthusiast, weekend runner, and master at living room yoga.

I enjoy meeting with people and learning their stories. I am most fascinated by the universal beliefs, desires, and fears that people present. By virtue of simply being, we (myself included!) experience fear of the unknown aspects of change, feeling out of place, and doubting in our own value. Themes of certainty, control, stability, self-worth, and comparison often emerge as we seek peace, contentment, and appreciation for life.

I try to remind myself to do what I ask my clients to do, and as you might imagine doing something new can be challenging. While I don’t necessarily ask my clients to start blogs of their own (though I have done this on occasion), I do have many discussions about trusting in our true self and sometimes taking a risk.

So, in the spirit of connecting to others, addressing these universal elements of being human, and taking a risk I began this blog Openly Being.



*This site is not associated with the University of Arizona or the University of Arizona Counseling and Psych Services.