About Leslie Becker-Phelps, PhDAs a NJ and NY licensed psychologist based in Basking Ridge, NJ, I am also licensed to do telehealth (secure video therapy) in 26 other states. I am a therapist, author, speaker, and teacher with the goal of guiding people toward happier, more productive lives. This includes helping people overcome problems, as well as build on their strengths. I do this by focusing on improving their relationships with themselves and others. Fundamental to this process is what I have described as Compassionate Self-Awareness (a combination of self-awareness and self-compassion). Its powerful influence in nurturing a sense of well-being cannot be underestimated. So, I encourage my patients and those I teach (through my articles and videos) to develop this skill.

In the therapy I offer to individuals and couples (as well as in my other work), I do my best to understand those I’m trying to help. I try to empathize with their struggles and work collaboratively to determine their goals and how to attain them. Although my training has provided me with a wide variety of tools, my experience has taught me which tools are most likely to help in any given situation. Along with helping patients to develop compassionate self-awareness, some approaches I use are: psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, interpersonal, mindfulness, and mentalization.

Other information you might find helpful to know about me:

Licensed Psychologist

  • NJ license number: 3363
  • NY license number: 023084-1
  • FL telehealth provider registration number: 498 (Florida Department of Health)
  • APAIT Number (to provide telehealth in other PSYPACT participating states): 10398

Private Practice in Basking Ridge, NJ

  • Offer outpatient individual and couples therapy in NJ office
  • Offer telemental health (online therapy) for people in NJ, NY, and other states that participate in PSYPACT


  • On medical staff at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset


  • Bouncing Back from Rejection: Build the Resilience You Need to Get Back Up When Life Knocks You Down (2019; New Harbinger Publications); Author
  • Love: The Psychology of Attraction (2016; DK Publishing)
    Finalist for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society’s prestigious Books for Better Living award (2017); Consultant Psychologist
  • Insecure in Love: How Insecure Attachment Can Make You Feel Jealous, Needy, and Worried and What You Can Do About It (2014; New Harbinger Publications);  Author


  • Making Change blog for PsychologyToday.com


  • Wrote Relationships blog and was community online relationships expert for WebMD.com for over 10 years
  • Clinical director of Women’s Psychological Services at Somerset Medical Center, NJ
    (currently Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, Somerset)

Developed program that treated:

  • Women with histories of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
  • Postpartum depression
  • Relationship issues
  • Eating disorders
  • Concerns related to peri-menopause
  • Issues related to a diagnosis of cancer

Chief of Psychology, Somerset Medical Center, NJ

  • Staff Psychologist, Monmouth Medical Center, Pollak Mental Health Services, NJ
    Responsibilities: Provide outpatient individual, couples, family, child and group psychotherapy. Supervise interns and work on committees.
  • Psychologist, based in Acoma-Canoncito-Laguna Hospital, NM
    Responsibilities: Treat Native American children as psychologist at elementary and middle schools.

Member, New Jersey Psychological Association Public Education Committee
Staff Editor, NJPA E-Newsletter
American Psychological Association
New Jersey Psychological Association
Morris County Psychological Association
Society for the Exploration of Psychotherapy Integration
New Jersey Association of Cognitive Behavioral Therapists
Postpartum Support International
American Telemedicine Association
Founding member of steering committee, Healthy Outcomes Partnership through YMCA