James  Leary

James Leary

He/Him/His

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Aurora Center NYC Specialties Insurance & Fees Locations
New York Accepting Online
New York Accepting In-person
Updated September 7, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Artists' mental health
  • College & graduate student mental health
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders & disordered eating
  • Relationship issues

Professional statement

The world we live in is filled with conditions, from capitalism to climate upheaval, political polarization to consumer culture, that make finding our specific meaning and purpose especially daunting. In therapy, we can build a framework to synthesize what’s happening inside of you with the conditions of the world at large. My patients come to treatment to explore their history in addition to the here-and-now experience in the consulting room. I see therapy as a shared creative process where life experiences that feel messy and disordered can be explored and made sense of so that people can be freed to live the life they want.

Having spent a lifetime as an artist and professor of art, I have developed a comprehensive understanding of how creativity supports, expresses, and confirms human experience. In my work in the consulting room, I believe that creativity is a universal human capacity, one that is synonymous with being truly alive and responding with authenticity and vitality to life’s difficulties and opportunities.

I am a psychotherapist specializing in the psychodynamic and behavioral treatment of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety. My specialties include the treatment of trauma, helping individuals with disabilities navigate mental health, working with adoptees and adoptive families, exploring identity and embodiment with LGBTQ individuals, treating substance and alcohol misuse, and exploring love and intimate relationships. I have a bachelor's degree from Cooper Union (where I taught from 2014 to 2020) and a master’s from Columbia University. I am currently a fellow at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia.


Message to clients

If you’re reading this chances are you’re looking for relief, answers, and skills to navigate disordered eating, relationship issues, anxiety or depression. It’s so tempting to want a list of exactly what to do to make everything all better. Who wouldn’t love a quick fix or immediate solution?

Here’s the thing: if we only focus on relieving the symptoms or behaviors that are troubling you today, they end up popping up similarly in another area of our lives. It becomes an exhausting game of whac-a-mole. If we address the eating stuff, it’ll come out in your relationship with money. If we address complications with money, it’ll show up in your relationships.

Instead of putting temporary bandaids on your symptoms, we’ll explore and make sense of your fears, patterns, ways of thinking, and emotions.

We spend time delving into behaviors and reactions that don’t seem to be serving you anymore.

By not jumping to fixing the issues or assuming judgment, we can actually understand what function the behavior is serving.

Instead of judging the thoughts, we become curious about them. We open the door to begin to address the questions you’ve had about yourself for forever. My patients come to treatment to explore their history in addition to the here-and-now experience in the consulting room. I see therapy as a shared creative process where life experiences that feel messy and disordered can be explored and made sense of so that people can be freed to live the life they want.


Specialties

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Artists' mental health - Understanding of highly creative minds; goal setting related to the artistic and creative process; support finding meaningful balance in one’s life

College & graduate student mental health - Specialized strategies for common issues of young adulthood, including school and career stressors, support around healthy relationships, existential concerns, drug or alcohol issues, eating disorders, and anxiety and/or depression.

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Eating disorders & disordered eating - Reducing unhealthy eating patterns, beliefs, and behaviors, such as restricting, purging, and binging; healing the emotional pain surrounding disordered eating

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients

Insurance

James Leary is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.


Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $225 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $125 - $225

Location(s)

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-9pm
  • Tue 9am-9pm
  • Wed 9am-9pm
  • Thu 9am-9pm
  • Fri 9am-9pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

New York practice
451 West End Avenue, Suite 2E, New York, New York 10024
Accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 9am-9pm
  • Tue 9am-9pm
  • Wed 9am-9pm
  • Thu 9am-9pm
  • Fri 9am-9pm
  • Sat Please inquire about hours
  • Sun Please inquire about hours

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year



Licensure

New York: 120338


Languages

English