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Jeff Leichter, PhD


  • Graduate School
    Doctorate: California School of Professional Psychology
    Postdoctoral: Psychology:
    Genesys Regional Medical Center (Flint, MI)
  • Residency
    Postdoctoral: Psychology: Genesys Regional Medical Center (Flint, MI)

Rural Psychology, Collaborative Healthcare Approaches to Managing Medical and Mental Health Problems, Training of Psychologists for Primary Care, Physician/Psychologist Relationships, Adult Psychological Disorders

I see the therapeutic relationship as collaborative. My experience, and research demonstrates this as well, is that the greatest predictor of success in a clinical relationship is the alliance between patient and caregiver. This is nurtured through warmth, empathy, and unconditional positive regard.

I am the clinical director of the Minnesota Consortium for Advanced Rural Psychology Training, an accredited post-doctoral fellowship, started in 2006, that prepares new graduates in clinical psychology to serve as clinicians in rural communities. This program has received statewide and national attention and is housed in Detroit Lakes and Sanford Health is a partner. My clinical interests are in rural mental health, adult psychology, and relationships between psychologists and primary care physicians to effectively treat behavioral health problems in small towns.


I am a doctorate-level trained clinical psychologist specializing in the diagnosis and non-medical treatment of mental health concerns. Through a variety of techniques including psychotherapy, psychological assessments and consultations, I help persons who are experiencing emotional, behavioral and relationship problems improve their functionality. Conditions often treated include depression, anxiety, adjustment and health related disorders.

I am married and have two adult children, both in college.

I enjoy traveling, watching science fiction, baseball in any form (going to a game, fantasy baseball, watching it on TV), spending time with friends, and talking to anybody about Star Trek.

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Sanford Health Behavioral Health Clinic

1245 Washington Avenue
Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

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