Leela Ehrhart holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling with specializations in addiction and trauma treatment. Today she works outside the system. She is also certified as a professional life coach, and has undergone extensive training in herbalism and reiki.

Leela has provided support and guidance to hundreds of people within the layperson psychiatric drug withdrawal community since her own involvement beginning in early 2017. Today she helps run multiple online communities focused on supporting those who are withdrawing from psychiatric drugs and creating a future for themselves outside of the conventional mental health system.

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One of her greatest passions is helping people better understand and reclaim their power surrounding what we often think of as ‘mental health’ struggles, psychiatric diagnoses, prescribed psychiatric drugs and withdrawal, cultivating well-being, and coming home to oneself again.

This includes working one-on-one with individuals, family members, and professionals, assisting them as they navigate the myriad of challenges that arise while weathering the transition from long-term reliance on psychiatric drugs.

Her own ‘mental health’ and psychiatric drug withdrawal journey served as a catalyst to teach her that mental and physical health are integrally connected, and that we have far more choices about how to care for ourselves and our well-being than many of us ever realize.

As Leela began exploring ways to care for herself with discernment and reclaim the health of her whole being largely outside of any conventional systems, she came to realize a truth that changed everything: we each already have within us everything we need to heal.

This breakthrough has continued to help her recover not just from her own (S)SRI use, but also from the deeper wounds of disempowerment and disconnection that were always at the heart of her suffering and struggle. She continues to explore and expand her experience, increasing her understanding of how we can all live more fully and vibrantly.

Trusting the inner wisdom of the body and how it expresses itself has since become a way of life for Leela. A major part of her mission is to help others learn to trust their own inner wisdom so they can truly nourish and care for themselves well–in mind, body and spirit. It is through such nourishment and care that we may thrive well beyond the clutches of any manufactured diagnoses or drugs, and live from a place most deeply rooted in all the richness and wonder that life has to offer.