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Leandro Salina, LCSW

Leandro Salina, LCSW

He/him/they/them

Licensed in NY #090103
Insurances Accepted: UMR for Mount Sinai, Aetna, Cigna/Evernorth
Speaks spanish
I am dedicated to creating a warm, empathic, and most importantly authentic space for you to safely explore yourself, including your mind and heart.

My Therapy Style

Hello! I am a sex-positive, LGBTQIA+ affirming psychotherapist with experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals across inpatient and outpatient settings. I identify as a Latinx, Queer, Cis-male and enjoy working with clients of all genders and sexualities, especially LGBTQ+ individuals. I offer trauma-informed compassionate support to individuals sifting through the endless complexities of our modern life. I am dedicated to creating a warm, empathic, and most importantly authentic space for you to safely explore yourself, including your mind and heart. I aim to create a space where you can freely express all of your painful and angry feelings non-judgmentally. I bring many years of professional training and lived experiences which I incorporate into my practice to help you feel safe in exploring how you can build a more rewarding and fulfilling life.

Education & Training

MS - Social Work from Columbia University School of Social Work

Get to Know Me

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I am a naturally curious and relationally oriented individual. I find great joy and meaning in meeting people from all walks of life and getting to learn their individual stories.

What are your interests outside of work?

In my spare time, I enjoy cooking Italian dishes and reading books that I can get lost in and that transport me to a different time and place. I also enjoy spending time with my cats who are great reading companions.

What book have you read more than once?

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl must rank as one of the most important books I have stumbled upon. It speaks to the ability to maintain hope and find meaning in the unimaginable. I think this book wrestles beautifully with how we have the capacity to heal and grow as individuals following traumatic experiences.

How do you recharge?

If the sun is out after I have had a difficult day, I throw on some comfortable sneakers and go out for a quick walk around my neighborhood. I always find that exposure to sunlight, some light physical activity, and fresh air helps me clear my head. By paying close attention to the life around me I am usually able to arrive at a new perspective or let go of thoughts or feelings that are not serving me.