Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
Accepting new clients for daytime and weekend appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Loss and grief
Body image issues/body dysmorphia
Leon Garber is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Midtown, Manhattan specializing in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), anxiety, depression, trauma, self-esteem, and existential challenges. The primary focus of his practice is in helping clients manage anxiety disorders, including social anxiety, generalized anxiety, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). He works closely with his clients to help decrease self-destructive behaviors, foster self-compassion, and develop healthy coping skills to live happier, more meaningful lives. He also helps clients recover from narcissistic / emotional abuse in relationships with partners, spouses, friends, and/or relatives.
Leon’s approach is grounded in using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to challenge clients’ unhealthy behaviors, feelings, and thoughts. For clients with OCD, he utilizes Exposure and Response Prevention, a type of CBT to help clients face their fears in a systematic, gradual manner. He also draws upon Existential Therapy to support clients as they contemplate life meaning and explore feelings of doubt or despair.
Supportive and thoughtful, Leon is dedicated to building a safe space for individuals to openly share their concerns and work toward practical goals. His practice is conveniently located near Penn Station and the 33rd Street subway station.
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) – Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions
Anxiety – Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)
Depression – Providing support and promoting healing through hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) – Healing painful experiences and memories from the past
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Existential challenges – Supportive exploration of meaning and purpose in one’s life; finding one’s path in the face of existential anxiety, dread, and feelings of meaninglessness
Body image issues/body dysmorphia – Helping others discover and articulate an individualized system of values which can engender acknowledgement, and acceptance, of their complete selves, both physical and internal
Narcissistic abuse – Recovery through learning about the underlying reasons for remaining with an emotionally and/or physically abusive partner and how to redirect oneself toward healthy and fulfilling relationships.
Anger management – Addressing sudden outbursts of anger or sustained resentment; developing healthy anger expression and outlets
Loss and grief – Emotionally preparing for the anticipated passing of a loved one; managing feelings and reactions to a death or loss of significance; support during the process of healing and acceptance
Personality disorders – Support reducing emotional suffering and addressing relationship challenges
Relationships – Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating
Initial session: $150 (45min)
Ongoing sessions: $150/session (45min)
Couples therapy: $250/session (60min)
Family therapy: $250/session (60min)
Sliding scale: A sliding scale of $80 - $150 is offered to clients who need a reduced fee to receive therapy.
Therapist's note: Leon can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.
Message to clients
"The core foundation of my practice consists of helping my clients become rational and responsible actors in their lives. In the service of these ultimate ends, I teach them how to become analytical thinkers, working together on fostering healthy conceptions of themselves, others, and their circumstances, thus providing the tools needed for emotional regulation and living a healthy and fulfilling life. Additionally, we work together on altering, and often eliminating, unhealthy and destructive behaviors, through the use of practical strategies and reward systems, which are inextricably linked with the skills of rational thinking.
In addition to CBT, I help my clients cope with pervasive existential issues, which are the sometimes paralyzing, often redirected, but persistently present psychological and emotional effects of the ultimate givens of the totality of existence: death, meaning, isolation, and freedom (the groundlessness of life and its consequential need to build life's most inspiring and beautiful creation -- the self). Our main goals for treatment consist of working to reduce the harmful affects of these ever-present truths by creating individualized core values, fulfilling relationships, increased confidence in decision-making, and one's own existential blueprint; thus, meaning for one's life.
My final area of focus is psychological trauma and narcissistic abuse. I help my clients explore and alter the effects of psychological trauma (which is often related to relationships with pathologically narcissistic individuals), providing them with a safe environment in which to work through the resulting, destructive feelings and beliefs in order to lead more meaningful lives.”
Treatment approachesCognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Existential Therapy Existential therapy is a therapy approach that both embraces human potential and recognizes human limitation. The breadth of existential theory falls into four major themes, which it sees as the root of most psychological problems: 1) Death, 2) Freedom (& Responsibility), 3) Isolation, and 4) Meaninglessness. (learn more)
Gestalt TherapyIn gestalt therapy, self-awareness is key to personal growth and developing full potential. The approach recognizes that sometimes this self-awareness can become blocked by negative thought patterns and behavior that can leave people feeling dissatisfied and unhappy. (learn more)
Interpersonal Therapy (IPT)Interpersonal Therapy (IPT) is a time-limited psychotherapy that focuses on interpersonal issues, which are understood to be a factor in the genesis and maintenance of psychological distress. The targets of IPT are symptom resolution, improved interpersonal functioning, and increased social support. (learn more)
Psychoanalytic TherapyPsychoanalytic therapy tends to look at experiences from early childhood to see if these events have affected the individual’s life, or potentially contributed to current concerns. This form of therapy is considered a long-term choice and can continue for weeks, months or even years depending on the depth of the concern being explored. Psychoanalytic therapy aims to make deep-seated changes in personality and emotional development. (learn more)
Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT) is a cognitive therapy with behavioral components that takes a practical approach to changing unhelpful thought and behavior patterns. The therapist helps the client to identify and challenge irrational beliefs and replace them with more realistic and helpful thoughts that promote the client’s ability to achieve their goals. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center, 2015 - 2016
Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY, MA, 2016