In practice for over seven years, Leslie Santos is a resilience mentor. She studied positive psychology under Martin Seligman at the University of Pennsylvania. It was while working with Seligman that she discovered how childhood adversity affects adult behaviors, an epic realization that catalyzed her mission and compelled her forward.
Her working model is that all humans suffer from childhood hardship (known in psychology as trauma), and through this adversity adaptations are formed. Left unresolved, these adaptations become maladaptive in adulthood and hinder wellbeing. These findings led to the development of her resilience process.
Leslie is a courage teacher, and as such, her methods differ from others in this way: She is compelled with a fascinated, inexhaustible interest in all of her students' thoughts, beliefs, adaptations, stories, adventures, fears, failures, rages, villainies and nobilities. Like a star-crossed lover for their beloved, this ardent fascination is a spinning, thrilling, curiosity to deeply understand their deepest pain and together find the path to transformative healing. Leslie becomes your ardent fan, your partner in health, your mentor to freedom.