Leah Goldgar, MA, LPC, NCC   (Pronouns – she/hers)

Who am I as a therapist? I aim to show up as my most authentic self – warm, engaged, compassionate, and deeply invested in healing – and invite my clients to bring their full selves into session as well. I know therapy to be a space where we can get in touch with our innermost truths as we explore our pain and wounding, as well as our wishes, desires, and longings. I feel immense gratitude that I get to offer this space to clients, and co-create an experience where exploration, healing, and growth happen.

Who do I work with? I primarily work with adults looking to expand their understanding of themselves and who are motivated to increase their insight and explore where they get stuck.

My areas of interest: I focus on issues related to anxiety, depression, life transitions and stressors, and relational concerns. I am particularly interested in providing treatment for eating concerns and disorders, body image, family of origin concerns, and wounding from childhood trauma.

How I practice: I create a therapeutic relationship that is supportive, trusting, and empowering, which helps clients move towards their innate knowing and access the parts of themselves that need to be held and nurtured. I work with clients to add to their coping practices and vulnerably explore their inner world to deepen and expand both self-awareness and self-compassion. I help clients notice what is happening for them in the present moment and explore adaptive patterns that appear in how they relate to themselves and others. I incorporate both systemic and body awareness, understanding that the systems we exist in are directly linked to our lived experience and that our bodies hold those stories. I am an LGBTQIA+ affirming and fat-positive therapist, and encourage clients to name their experience of me and our relationship as it unfolds, and give feedback about therapy.

My background: I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and received my Masters in Counseling Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology in 2017. I have trained and worked in outpatient settings, as well as in a Partial Hospitalization Program and an Intensive Outpatient Program. My previous training and work focused on people with serious physical health conditions, their caregivers, and grieving loved ones; eating disorders and body image concerns; life transitions and relational concerns; and people healing from trauma. I have experience providing individual, couples, family, and group therapy.

If you would like to learn more about what therapy may look like, please schedule a consultation appointment.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment with Leah, please contact Centered Therapy Chicago: (773) 569-1468 or CTC@centeredtherapychicago.com.