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Alexandra Leff Psychotherapy, LCAT

Alex Leff is a psychotherapist committed to helping clients create the lives they envision. She specializes in treating eating disorders, addictions, and working with individuals going through life transitions, relationship issues, and self-esteem challenges. Alex integrates EMDR, CBT, DBT, and relational psychotherapy to work collaboratively with you toward a clear end result.

  • General Mental Health
  • Eating Disorders and Body Image
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • $ $ $ $ $
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
  • Out-of-pocket
Licensed in
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  • New York
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“I believe that at every person’s core lies an innate ability to lead a healthy and fulfilling life.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Growing up, I always felt drawn to understanding the human condition, and how we as individuals maneuver and try to make sense of life’s challenges. I started going to therapy at a young age, and I found much of it ineffective. My own path to healing and recovery from an eating disorder provided me with insight into what good therapy looked and felt like. Through that process, I learned to know and value myself, and I discovered a passion for helping others do the same. As creativity also played a huge role in helping me realign with my authentic self, I entered the field as a licenced creative art therapist. I have since expanded my focus to include more advanced trauma-informed and evidence-based theories.
What should someone know about working with you?
I believe that at every person’s core lies an innate ability to lead a healthy and fulfilling life. I bring a down-to-earth, genuine, and transparent approach to therapy. Every client is unique—I’ll meet you where you are on your individual journey. Working with a new therapist can feel scary or overwhelming, so in the beginning we will take all the necessary time to establish a safe, trusting relationship. Then we will work together to explore and uncover patterns of thoughts and behaviors that are keeping you stuck, so you can have a greater sense of autonomy, freedom, and satisfaction in life. Depending on your needs and preferences, I may assign homework and provide resources in between sessions to enhance our work together.
How does collaboration with other providers inform your work?
Working collaboratively with other providers is often an important part of care. When dealing with eating disorders and substance abuse in particular, collaboration with medical doctors, registered dieticians, psychiatrists, and other supportive practitioners allows for a multi-faceted approach designed to produce the highest quality of care. Finding providers aligned with your needs and values can be challenging, so we will work together to create a support system that feels unified and respectful.
What advice would you give to someone who is hesitant to try therapy?
I think many people see going to therapy as a weakness, when in fact it requires real strength to look inward and uncover our limiting beliefs and patterns. One of my favorite authors, Brené Brown, talks about our shame-prone culture and the number of individuals struggling with comparison, disengagement, and scarcity. These issues are all rooted in feelings of unworthiness. Engaging in therapy is inherently vulnerable because it requires bravery and trust. Therapy can be a profoundly healing experience—and the biggest breakthroughs often emerge when we address the things that scare us.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
There has never been a time in my life where we, as a society, have been more vocal about prioritizing our mental health and creating spaces for healing. There's an evolving awareness of how our systems aren't working, even to the point of causing illness and poverty. From mindfulness to bodywork and teletherapy to alternative medicine, mental wellness is more accessible than it’s ever been. Newer body-based and adjunctive therapies, such as EMDR, are providing a more effective approach when addressing trauma, attachment, and addiction.
“Therapy can be a profoundly healing experience—and the biggest breakthroughs often emerge when we address the things that scare us.”
Interested in speaking with Alexandra?