Leon  Garber

Leon Garber

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC

Not accepting new clients in Chelsea practice (updated April 30, 2020)

Offers Online Sessions

Specialties & Expertise

  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-esteem
  • Existential challenges
  • Body image issues/body dysmorphia
  • Narcissistic abuse

Professional statement

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.

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.


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.

General expertise

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (60min)

Therapist's note

Leon can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Chelsea practice

120 West 31st Street

New York, NY 10001

  • Mon 8:15am-3:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice, 2016 - Present

Interborough Developmental & Consultation Center, 2015 - 2016

Bernard M. Baruch College, CUNY, MA, 2016


  • English
  • Russian

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