Meet the Doctor
Dr. Leesha Ellis-Cox, affectionately known as Dr. Leesha or Dr. EC, is a double board certified psychiatric physician who specializes in the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. She is also a Christian, a wife, mother, author, and maternal wellness strategist. Born and raised in Raleigh, North Carolina, Dr. Leesha earned both her Bachelor of Science and Doctor of Medicine degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She completed her general psychiatry residency training, child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship, and community mental health/public psychiatry fellowship at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta. Since 2009, she has lived and worked in Alabama and provides psychiatric services to children and adults at several community mental health centers in and around Birmingham and in her private practice.
In addition to her work as a psychiatrist, she is a leading mental health authority, dynamic public speaker, and highly sought-after parenting expert. She blogs regularly about motherhood, mental health, and faith at www.drleesha.com. She uses her platform to destigmatize mental illness and to educate communities about the importance of mental health. She also champions maternal mental health, teaching women to let go of the unhealthy and unrealistic societal expectations of motherhood and to instead reclaim their identity that exists beyond the role of “mom.”
She and her husband have three beautiful children, daughters ages 8 and 15 and a 12-year-old son. She enjoys reading, attending cultural events, traveling, and watching her son play baseball. She is also a fitness and wellness enthusiast. She has presented for several community-based organizations including Hoover City Schools, National Black Child Development Institute, Jack and Jill of America, Inc., The Worship Center Christian Church, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Her work has appeared in the media and numerous publications including ABC 33/40, WRBC Fox 6 News, Healthline, and Bustle.
Please contact me at (205) 440-2032 or firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule your initial appointment.
I operate as an out-of-network provider which means I do not bill insurance. This allows me to more fully invest into you and your care while you invest in your health and wellness without the hiccups and hurdles that insurance companies often create. My practice honors your time and the gravity of the commitment you are making for your health. I will provide documentation known as a superbill that is necessary to pursue reimbursement through out-of-network benefits.
I am unable to provide care to beneficiaries of Medicaid and Medicare even if you are paying for services privately.
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I diagnose and treat a wide range of mental disorders including mood disorders (depression, bipolar disorder), anxiety disorders (panic disorder, generalized anxiety, social phobia), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD).
I also treat low self-esteem, grief and bereavement, anger, irritability, relationship stress, parent-child conflict, life adjustments, and mommy guilt.
I take an expansive approach in the diagnosis and care of my patients, one that encompasses biological, psychological, social, cultural, and spiritual dimensions. With such a comprehensive treatment philosophy, I can better address the unique and complex needs of my patients that treat the whole person.
What are your fees?
60 to 90 min Session – $300 – $350
This a comprehensive diagnostic evaluation to review your medical history and psychiatric history, examine your medications and supplements, and explore the symptoms creating emotional distress. This evaluation informs your diagnosis and is used to develop a comprehensive treatment plan that includes a combination of psychotherapy, medications, psychoeducation, and wellness practices such as nutitrion and fitness.
60 – 90 min Session – $350
During this consultation appointment, we will discuss your current symptoms, address areas of concern, and review your medical and psychiatric history. I will formulate a set of recommendations specific to your needs that you can share with another physician such as your psychiatrist or your primary care provider to assist with the coordination of your care.
15 – 30 min Session – $100 to $125
Once we have an established treatment relationship, we will use follow up appointments to review your current symptoms, evaluate your response to treatment, and modify your treatment regimen as necessary to improve your social and emotional health and overall well-being.
45 – 60 min Session – $175 to $200