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Leah Samler(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PsyD
Anxiety-Depression-Mindfulness-ADHD-Couples counseling-Life transitions-
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Professional statement

Dr. Samler received both her Master’s and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the Illinois School of Professional Psychology/Chicago. Her focus was in Psychodynamic therapy and Forensic Psychology.

Her training background included providing outpatient and residential treatment for adolescents and adults with depression, trauma history, ADHD and anxiety, utilizing a relational Psychodynamic approach.

She spent numerous years delivering individual, family and group therapy services to adolescents with serious emotional and behavioral disorders, many from a background of abuse and neglect. She provided intensive therapy and advocacy to troubled youth in therapeutic day schools. She worked with 504 plans and IEP's providing continuity of care with parents, school and administration.

She trained at Elgin Mental Health Center on UST (Unfit to Stand Trial) and NGRI (Not Guilty by Reason of Insanity) units. She was a mitigation specialist for the Cook County Public Defender's Office working with pretrial detainees whose crimes qualified for the death penalty. She ran outpatient court ordered anger management groups and assertiveness training for men. Dr. Samler also spent six years as the therapist to children and their families in the foster care system.

She collaborated with the Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS) and the Cook and Lake County court systems. She worked with the Chicago Police Department conducting pre-hire screenings and fitness for duty assessments.

Dr. Samler helped develop the diversity training at Allendale Association for psychiatric residential and group home staff to build and strengthen teams.

Dr. Samler is an adjunct professor at Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology in Malibu, California.

Dr. Samler is a certified practitioner through the Center for Mind Body Medicine

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.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 19 years

Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Mitigation Specialist
Elgin Mental Health Center, Psychology Extern
Elgin Mental Health Center, Psychology Extern
ComPsych, Guidance Counselor
Allendale Association , Clinical Psychology Intern
Allendale Association, Clinical Psychology Post-Doc
Allendale Association, Outpatient Therapist
Private Practice, Therapist

Center for Mind Body Medicine, Certified Practioner, 2021
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, PsyD, 2010
Illinois School of Professional Psychology, MA, 2005
Stephens College , BA, 1994


Illinois: 180.010203




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)

Locations & Hours

Free Phone Consultations


Leah Samler 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:$200 (50min)
  • Initial session:$275 (60min)
  • Couples sessions:$200 (50min)
  • Group sessions:$150 (90min)

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
  • 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
Therapist's note

Due to ongoing issues with insurance companies being hacked resulting in compromised personal health information, lack of payments or insufficient pay for service, I no longer accept insurance. I provide Superbills for you to submit to your insurance for reimbursement.

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

Book a Free Initial Consultation

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