Leon Silvers, LMHC
Leon Silvers is the founder and director of Silvers Psychotherapy. His wide clinical experience includes working with clients from many racial and ethnic backgrounds, ages, religions, disabilities, gender, and sexual orientations. Some of his clinical experiences have been as a full-time psychotherapist at various mental health clinics providing individual, family. and group psychotherapy for adults and adolescents; working in outpatient substance abuse; in crisis intervention for survivors of sexual assault, domestic violence, hate crimes, and HIV-related violence; and in Non-Profit HIV/AIDS service organizations.
Leon uses an eclectic approach combining psychodynamic/insight-oriented therapy, Internal Family Systems, somatic therapy, trauma therapy, and mindfulness-based approaches. He is trained in EMDR and is a New York State Certified Rape Crisis Counselor. He serves as the Clinical Director of Identity House, a non-profit LGBT service organization. He has also presented and published on a wide variety of topics including eating disorders, domestic/intimate partner violence, immigration and acculturation, LGBTQ issues, and gender. Leon graduated from New York University with a Master's degree in Counseling for Mental Health and Wellness. He earned his Bachelor's of Arts in Psychology, Summa Cum Laude, from Georgia State University.
THERESE KEMPF, LCSW
Therese Kempf, LCSW is a psychotherapist, supervising LCSW, and consultant that sees children, adults, and couples clients in private practice in Manhattan and Brooklyn. Therese specializes in treating trauma and PTSD in survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault, systemic trauma from racism and oppression, and early attachment trauma. Therese is also a certified couples therapist, specializing in treating couples with early childhood trauma that have difficulties in their current relationships due to reenactment and attachment issues. Therese completed her Couples Therapy training program at Training Institute for Mental Health. She is also trained in Structural Dissociation model for traumatized adults, Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, and evidence-based treatments such as Seeking Safety, TFCBT and CPP for traumatized children. Therese has presented throughout NYC on such issues as domestic violence and trauma in helping demystify and educate people about what trauma actually looks like. Therese graduated from NYU with a Masters in Social Work. Therese is a woman of color and is committed to making couples therapy and trauma therapy more accessible and safe for people of color.
RACHEL SHANKEN, LMHC
Rachel Shanken is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Yoga Instructor, and a MindBodyWise Yoga Therapy Practitioner with 9 years of experience and training in the field of mental health. Rachel specializes in the use of whole-body approaches to help individuals and groups with healing trauma/PTSD, depression, anxiety, eating disorders, relationship issues and grief/loss.
Rachel’s unique training in Yoga Therapy integrates the mind and the body – gently supporting people with connecting to their bodies as the access point to unearth the emotional issues that often get stuck in the tissues. Through MindBodyWise Yoga Therapy and traditional psychotherapy with body-integration, Rachel has helped countless people with healing the wounds of emotional trauma, while also helping people to learn how to calm the effects of anxiety and create trusting relationships with themselves and their bodies.