Leon  Garber

Leon Garber

Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC
New York Waitlist Online
Chelsea Not Accepting In-person
Updated August 11, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Self-esteem
  • 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 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 better analytical thinkers, working together on fostering healthy conceptions of themselves, others, and their circumstances, thus providing the tools required for emotional regulation and living a healthy and fulfilling life. Additionally, we work together on understanding the sources of and reducing unhealthy behaviors. This approach is called Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

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 emotional trauma, providing them with a safe environment in which to work through the suffocating feelings and burdensome beliefs in order to regain their lives.


Specialties

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

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) - Reducing unwanted intrusive thoughts and rituals by gradually building comfort and confidence facing difficult fears, thoughts, and emotions

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

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.




Clientele

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

Insurance

  • Cigna
  • Humana
  • NYU Student Health Insurance (Wellfleet / Cigna PPO)
  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (45min)
  • Sliding scale: $100 - $150
  • Couples sessions: $250 (60min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (60min)

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
  • Cash
  • Venmo
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Chelsea practice
120 West 31st Street, New York, New York 10001
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 8:15am-3:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 10:00am-8:00pm
  • Sat 9:00am-8:00pm
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
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 8:15am-8:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu Closed
  • Fri 9:00am-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


Languages

English

Russian