Leah Samler, Therapist in Illinois — Zencare
Leah B Samler
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Leah B Samler


Psychologist, PsyD
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Updated November 7, 2022

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • ADHD
  • Couples counseling
  • Life transitions

Professional statement

Dr. Leah Samler is a Clinical Psychologist in Chicago, Illinois who specializes in anxiety, depression, and trauma. Her practice is open to individual adults across the lifespan, as well as couples.

Clients often come to Dr. Samler when facing anxiety or distress over a major life change – such as moving to a new city, making a change in their relationship, or switching jobs. For others, the catalyst might be internal; they might start to feel residual effects from a traumatic event or history like sexual assault, abuse, domestic violence, or painful childhood memories.

Dr. Samler works with each individual to ensure they receive a comprehensive, in-depth assessment before moving forward with treatment. Her approach is collaborative, and she often helps her clients measure their own progress with open, engaged discussion. She also encourages the use of mindfulness for clients to manage overwhelm and negative emotions.

Dr. Samler received both her master’s degree and her doctorate in clinical psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology, where she deepened her understanding and practice of a relational psychodynamic approach. Her office is located close to Millennium Park, where she looks forward to meeting you.

Message to clients

My approach relies on collaboration with my clients in order to develop individual treatment plans.

I believe the answers to many of our worries lie within us, yet often life events make finding clarity problematic. My goal is for clients to learn how to navigate their current experiences and find balance and peace within their lives.

I see my role as a facilitator where the focus is assisting my clients in achieving integrated and progressive healing. Our work together is based on safely addressing issues of concern while finding a path to healthy and stable choices that work for your life and circumstances. Each step forward of unwinding the challenges you are facing leads to healthy choices that enhance and improve your life.


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 of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Mindfulness - Developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

ADHD - Skill-building and support around organizational challenges, distracted attention, procrastination; building and maintaining healthy routines and structure

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)


  • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions: $150 (50min)
  • Initial session: $225 (60min)
  • Couples sessions: $200 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week
  • As needed


Online Sessions (Illinois)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Tue 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Wed 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Thu 12:00pm-8:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 17 years

Illinois School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2010
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, MA, 2005


Illinois: 180.010203



Client testimonials

"Dr. Samler is smart, thoughtful, and talks with you rather than preaching at you."
- Zencare client • June 2020
"She was thoughtful, direct, and clear."
- Zencare client • June 2020