Relationships are vital to mental and emotional well being and the closer we feel to those we love, the happier and more satisfied we are in our own lives. Leila’s passion is guiding individuals and couples to create more positive, healthier and fulfilling relationships. In her therapy sessions, Leila aims to help clients understand the biological, subconscious and practical reasoning behind their behaviors so they have a more in-depth understanding of why they may act or react a certain way to situations. Understanding these reasons provides a foundation upon which behavior change can start to take place.

In her academic career, Leila has studied the risks of developing depression following traumatic life events, and the impact of childhood codependency and parentification on adult intimate relationships. Having both a hard science and clinical background has allowed Leila a greater comprehension of how the nervous system, brain, and body function and how these connections affect human behavior. By better understanding these systems, Leila is able to guide individuals to create lasting behavioral change using the most practiced evidence based modalities including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and Emotionally Focused Therapy.

In the past, Leila has provided individual psychotherapy and facilitated group therapy sessions at the Federal Defenders of New York, the Center for Court Innovation, and New York-Presbyterian/Cornell Medical Center.

Leila Ostad is a licensed clinical social worker who has a Master of Science in Social Work degree from Columbia University School of Social Work, a Master of Biomedical Science degree from the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology with Minor in Biology from Rutgers College. Leila published in journals.library.columbia.edu the article “Preventing the Re-Traumatization of Individuals who are Arrested for Prostitution by Implementing Trauma-Informed Practices in the Criminal Justice System. In addition to providing psychotherapy, Leila also teaches clinical courses at Columbia University.