Shani  Leichter
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Shani Leichter


Licensed Mental Health Counselor, LMHC Master of Arts, MA
Massachusetts Accepting Online
Updated February 1, 2023

Specialties & Expertise

  • Women's issues
  • LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics
  • Identity development
  • Life transitions
  • Body image
  • Adolescent mental health

Professional statement

Shani Leichter is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts, where she works with young adults, women, and couples. Many of her clients are dealing with major life transitions including coming out, grief, transitioning to adulthood, or shifting family dynamics. They may also be working through identity exploration, relationship difficulties, low self-esteem, anxiety, or struggling with body image. She is particularly passionate about supporting members of the LGBTQIA+ community and their families.

Shani is trained in person-centered and emotionally-focused therapy. The foundation of her work is the development of strong therapeutic relationships with her clients. Shani focuses on helping her clients notice and name patterns in their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. This approach supports clients in being able to better understand themselves and their relationships. Shani’s clients tend to be insight-oriented and motivated to engage in the therapeutic process.

Shani's style is warm, non-judgmental, patient, and highly attentive to issues of social justice. When clients first start therapy, she takes great care to establish a counseling space where they feel safe, supported, respected, seen, and heard regardless of background. Shani deeply values the trust that her clients place in her when things are hard and is grateful for the opportunity to be of help in their times of need.

Shani received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lesley University. Prior to entering private practice, she worked at a public four-year high school serving adolescents with a variety of life experiences and challenges. Shani offers counseling in a convenient virtual setting. She is often accompanied by her dog, Jake, who has been known to make occasional appearances in sessions. Should he ever happen to overhear anything, he promises to uphold the highest level of confidentiality.

Message to clients

Welcome! I know that looking and asking for help can be incredibly hard and I admire you for taking this step. I view therapy as a partnership and this space welcomes you to show up as your full, quirky self. Grab a cozy drink, get comfy, and by all means kick off your shoes.

One of my clients recently told me that the person they live with commented to them that they overhear a lot of laugh a lot in their therapy sessions. Hell. Yes. We laugh a lot. We swear a bit. We do the work.

I deeply believe that you, as a perfectly imperfect human, are worthy of love, respect, and the happiness that comes only from living as your authentic self. Many of my clients have been to therapy before and are back for a different, deeper experience. The first (or second, or third) time they went to therapy, they weren't quite ready to do the messy work. After some time, they realized that in order to really heal, they need to get some dirt under their fingernails. It's not always easy, but it's always worth it.

Even if you don't fully believe it yourself just yet, I know that things can - and will - get better, and I am so looking forward to working with you.


Women's issues - Therapy tailored to common concerns among women; providing a safe and understanding space to address life challenges, stressors, and questions around identity as a woman

LGBTQIA, gender, and sexuality topics - Exploring topics of sexuality, gender, and identity; coping with discrimination and oppression; navigating relationship, family, and cultural challenges

Identity development - Understanding, accepting, and strengthening one’s sense of self through the exploration of family, work, and personal values; addressing issues such as, race, class, gender, and sexual orientation, in the context of self experience

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

Body image - Development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception.

Adolescent mental health - Working with adolescents, teenagers, and parents on social, academic, and/or emotional challenges throughout teenage years; addressing anxiety, family conflicts, peer relationships, school stress, transition to college, social media pressures, self-esteem, hopelessness about the future, emotional disregulation


  • Adults (24+)
  • Families
  • Parents
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)
  • Loveland Therapy Fund Clients


Shani Leichter 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: $220 (50min)
  • Family sessions: $250 (50min)

Additional session information

Payment options
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

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

  • Weekly
  • Multiple times a week
Therapist's note


Online Sessions (Massachusetts)
Accepting new clients online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 12-6
  • Tue 10-6
  • Wed 10-6
  • Thu 10-6
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 9 years

Reaching Wellness LLC, Owner/Therapist, 2021 - Present
Newton Public Schools, Counselor (9-12), 2014 - 2021

Lesley University, Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School and Community Specialization, 2014


Massachusetts: 12776