Ever since I was a young child, I loved listening to others and finding ways to help them emotionally. I find being a therapist to be the most fulfilling and rewarding job I could have.
As the founder and lead clinician of Integrative Therapy of Rockland, I provide supervision to our team and direction on the clinical approach for our clients. I'm also available for local therapist supervision.
As your therapist, I provide a comfortable and professional atmosphere where you can feel safe and understood. Drawing from a number of therapeutic modalities, I develop a customized approach for every client.
I can help with issues such as chronic pain, depression, family conflict, infertility, obesity, parenting, peer relationships, relationship issues, self-esteem, sexual abuse, sleep or insomnia, sports performance, and weight loss. I work with adults, adolescents, and couples.
Licensed in the State of New York, I've been in practice for over ten years. I received an MA in Psychology from NYU and an MSW from Fordham University. I also have extensive training in many different modalities. Find out more on Psychology Today.
Therapy is a journey of self-reflection, healing and growth. You are a unique individual with your own background and personality. I appreciate your individuality and will work with you from a holistic perspective. Together, we will build a greater understanding of yourself and others to reach your goals.
The therapeutic relationship and process plays a large role in a client’s progress and growth. Having a warm, safe space to express and explore your experiences and feelings with a compassionate, understanding therapist, can itself be transformative. In addition, obtaining practical skills and tools can be a catalyst for change and self-development.
As your therapist, I will provide a safe environment for you to feel completely accepted and understood. Together, we will formulate viable goals for our work so that, in addition to feeling understood, you will be aware of the growth and progress in your life and know that you can make change happen. The ultimate goal is for you to be able to acquire the necessary tools and skills and incorporate them on your own, to lead an independent life.
I work with children, adolescents and adults presenting with a wide range of struggles, including anxiety, depression, OCD, trauma, oppositional behavior, ADHD, social skills and boundaries, self-esteem, and family issues. I utilize client-centered and psychodynamic therapy approaches, and integrate techniques and skills from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Somatic Intervention, and the Nurtured Heart Approach (parenting).
I received my MSW from Long Island University, hold a CASAC-T certification and am a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker.
Leah Schechter is a Licensed Social Worker. Leah has been working in the field of high school education for many years. She returned to school, attending Wurzweiler University, to earn a Masters degree in Social Work, as a more advanced level of clinical expertise became necessary in her work. Leah works with adolescents, adults and couples. She views the counseling process as an alliance between client and therapist. Within the structure of the therapeutic relationship Leah works with her clients to access their inner strengths and promote their safety and stability. Leah’s passion is to help each of her clients heal from difficult stressors/traumatic experiences in their lives, find healthy perceptions of themselves, strengthen their relationships and journey through life to achieve their dreams and goals. Leah has trained in various therapy modalities including EMDR and DBT.
As a trained trauma therapist, I've come to appreciate the power of listening. Even in the midst of all the pain and suffering, there's also opportunity. I find this work to be a journey of hope, meaning, and strength.
I specialize in the treatment of adults, both individual and couples therapy. I primarily work with depression, anxiety-related disorders, as well as relationship issues.
Individual psychotherapy offers a unique space for personal exploration and growth. Our collaborative work focuses on identifying strengths, addressing stressors, and making necessary adjustments towards a place of strength and comfort. You'll develop skills for more satisfying connections with others. Together, we will maximize the best parts of you.
In couples' therapy, you and your partner will have the opportunity to address difficult aspects of your relationship that seem to endlessly repeat. Our work together aims to strengthen bonds as you navigate communication challenges, major life transitions, and intimacy issues.
I obtained my post Doctoral training from the Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy, and my graduate degree from Yeshiva University at Wurzweiler School of Social Work with a focus on trauma. Throughout my training, I served individuals, couples, and families with various mental health challenges, including personality disorders, mood disorders, and anxiety specific disorders.
As your therapist, I will provide a space of safety, connection, and growth. You will also find that I’m both active and down-to-earth, working from an eclectic approach to create a curative environment for the whole person. I believe that through the work of uncovering trauma, facing fears, and implementing goals, change is possible.
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