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Leah Wachtel(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhDPhD
New York
Adjustment difficulties & disorders- Anxiety - Depression- Life transitions- Relationship issues-
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Professional statement

Dr. Leah Wachtel is as a Post-Doctoral Fellow at The Flatiron Center for Psychotherapy, offering support to individuals facing various life stressors and challenges. Her prior experience working in hospital outpatient clinics and university counseling centers have shaped her therapeutic perspective and highlighted the importance of person-centered care. She specializes in assisting clients dealing with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, identity development, life transitions, substance use and chronic illness. Dr. Wachtel works with individuals across the adult lifespan, from adolescence to mature adulthood, aiming to foster healing and personal growth in each therapeutic relationship.

Dr. Wachtel adopts an integrative approach, primarily conceptualizing cases within a psychodynamic framework while incorporating additional modalities such as behavioral techniques and mindfulness to optimize your therapy and best meet your needs. She grounds her work within the latest research and advancements in theory, which allows for a dynamic and open approach to therapy.

Dr. Wachtel seeks to nurture personal growth and facilitate positive change in her client’s lives by helping them understand their challenges and emotions, while learning to access their resilience and strengths. She strives to provide a warm, empathic space that opens the door for self-discovery and a more authentic you. By adopting a holistic and compassionate outlook, she works with you to alleviate symptoms and distress, while fostering emotional well-being.

Appointments are available through telehealth and in-person, with mornings and evenings available to meet your schedule.

Message to clients

No matter what brings you to therapy, you deserve a compassionate therapist who prioritizes your needs and well-being. Whether you are looking to increase self-awareness, manage stress, enhance your relationships, develop more effective coping strategies, or learn more about yourself, together we can work towards your goals and help you feel better. I use a client-centered, insight-driven method, where we explore your unique inner world and past experiences that shape your present self. I embrace cultural diversity with sensitivity, encouraging you to explore how your identifies influence your life. Your feelings are important, and my goal is to support you in understanding and navigating them.

I’ve heard from my clients that I am “patient, thoughtful, and flexible,” and “non-judgmental, kind, and supportive.” They’ve said that “[Dr. Wachtel] has a calm demeanor and I felt at ease in her presence right away, ” and “[Dr. Wachtel] has a deep understanding of the human psyche and a genuine desire to help people.” And “what I find truly helpful is that each session seems to build upon the previous one. She ties in details from things that I have mentioned in previous sessions, which slowly uncovers feelings/behaviors that are all interrelated. I have had several "aha" moments which provide incredible insight.”

I hope to have the opportunity to meet you, learn more about you, and discover how we can help you towards a more grounded and fulfilling life.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 1 year

The Flatiron Center for Psychotherapy, Post Doctoral Fellow

Fielding Graduate University, PhD, 2023
New York University, MA, 2017
SUNY New Paltz, BA, 2012


New York: 68-P126441-01

Supervisor: Anna Tedesco(PhD 024186)




Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

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

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

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


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Families
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


Leah Wachtel 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:$175 (45min)

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:

  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Therapist's note

As an out-of-network provider, the practice does not accept any payment directly from insurance. We want to help streamline your reimbursement process. We can check your eligibility and submit claims directly to your carrier on your behalf.

Therapy Groups

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Depression: Finding Support and Resilience

This is an 8-week virtual support group where adults living with depression can share their experiences, find support, and learn from others. We’ll experiment with new perspectives and practice new skills, and discover your inner strength and resilience.

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Building a Stronger, More Loving Relationship

This 8-week in-person group is for people in romantic relationships to share challenges while moving from initial stage of dating to deeper commitment. Sessions involve open dialogue to develop your understanding of yourself and relationship patterns.