Shani Leichter, LMHC

Somerville, MA Therapist


Hi! I’m Shani (she/her) and I’m so glad you’re here! Thank you so much for taking the time to learn a little bit more about me, my style, and my work.

I’m a laid-back, dog-loving, coffee-drinking, adventure-seeking, queer, cis, white woman. I am also a late-diagnosed ADHDer. I believe that everyone is doing the best they can, and I believe that we all hit points where what we’ve been doing no longer serves us in the ways we need. As we grow, change, and face adversities we may find ourselves needing different ways of processing, managing, and healing. I’m so honored to do this work and I looking forward to learning more about how I might be able to support you on your journey. You got this. I got you. 

(The handsome pupper in the picture is my bestest boy, Jake. You may see him pop up during appointments from time to time. He’s a great listener and always upholds the highest levels of confidentiality.)

Shani Leichter, Somerville, MA Therapy

My Approach and Philosophy

I’m a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Massachusetts who works with women and members of my queer community. I have experience supporting clients with a variety of issues including challenges with anxiety, life changes, identity, body image, grief, and relationships. My goal is to help you identify and break negative self-thought patterns and guide you to a place where things feel calmer, more manageable, and more hopeful.

My professional lens centers on understanding clients in their unique contexts at every level – individual, familial, cultural, and societal. There are so many factors and forces that influence us; sometimes they add to our challenge and sometimes they shield and support us. I take a multifaceted approach to my work and pull from a variety of therapeutic schools, including person-centered, humanistic, emotionally-focused and strengths-based realms. 

Here are some things you can expect from me:

  • I am welcoming and accepting of all clients for who they are without exception. You are valuable and worthy of care.
  • I use the relationship we build as a tool to help you create positive change in your life.
  • I aim to help you better understand the wisdom you innately have. 
  • I work to support you in living with intention. 
  • I am committed to self-work and self-reflection around issues of oppression, power, and privilege and how these things present themselves in our work.
  • A space free of judgment, presumption, and expectation – you are always enough here.
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