Dr. Leesha Ellis-Cox

Leesha M. Ellis-Cox, MD, MPH, is a board certified child, adolescent and adult psychiatrist who shares a heartfelt message of acceptance, love, and hope. As a practicing physician, dynamic public speaker, and budding author, she skillfully weaves sound medical advice with practical strategy grounded in years of medical practice and current research. Through Dr. Ellis-Cox's work, individuals and organizations are encouraged, empowered, and educated. The result is a fresh and uncomplicated approach to balanced living for the mind, body, and spirit. 

Dr. Ellis-Cox is now booking a limited number of speaking engagements. Presentations are carefully tailored to educate and inspire the audience, cultivating Dr. Ellis-Cox's dynamic spirit in all who attend.


Dr. Leesha Ellis-Cox’s Philosophy

A tiny seed is one of God’s greatest handiworks. On the surface, it may seem small and insignificant, but with a rich foundation, nourishment, and sustained attention, a seed blossoms into something exquisite.

Allegories of seeds, fruit, and gardens permeate scripture, reflecting the capacity of the human spirit to grow and thrive, even in the midst of life’s challenges.

"They are like trees planted along a riverbank, with roots that reach deep into the water. Such trees are not bothered by heat or worried by long months of drought. Their leaves stay green, and they never stop producing fruit." Jeremiah 17:8 (NLT)


Equal parts physician, therapist and friend, Dr. Leesha Ellis-Cox deems herself a special kind of gardener, one who tends to the human spirit. She encourages, empowers, and educates individuals, organizations and communities about mental health and mental illness through her medical practice and mental health consulting firm. Dr. Ellis-Cox strives to teach others how to live a fruitful life, one that balances mind, body, and spirit.

As a budding author and public speaker, the dynamic and ever-relatable Dr. Ellis-Cox turns the classic “shrink” stereotype on its head. She offers tangible strategies and creative solutions, creating a comfortable, non-judgmental atmosphere that is both engaging and informative. Discussion topics include:

  • Deconstructing myths about mental illness

  • How to recognize when you, a family member, student, co-worker or parishioner needs more than just “sound advice”

  • Reconciling the tension that exists between faith and mental illness

  • How implicit bias can positively or negatively impact our decision making

  • Empowering parents to advocate for their children’s educational and emotional needs within the school setting

  • How to address suicidal thinking in the schools

  • Teaching law enforcement best practices for engaging individuals with mental illness


Through public speaking, workshops, and her blog www.cultivating-minds.com, Dr. Ellis-Cox strengthens communities.