Interested in understanding what drives others and what inhibits them from pursuing a more fulfilling and balanced life, Leon became a Certified Life Coach from the Institute of Professional Excellence in Coaching and went on to received a Master’s in Mental Health Counseling from the City University of New York. He also researched creative ways to bring out others’ gifts and overcome limitations in thinking at the Torrance Center of Creativity and Talent Development at the University of Georgia, where he received a Master’s in Educational Psychology.
Leon believes the best way to understand someone is through compassion and non-judgment, and to provide a space for others to fully express themselves and what troubles them. At the same time, he uses effective, scientifically-validated psychological tools in his collaboration with clients, to find meaning in their lives, build a stronger sense of self, and find creative ways to start making changes in their lives.
Leon uses an eclectic approach suited to individual needs. He believes in using a balance of Person-Centered Theory (PCT) to place the client at the center of their own self-development, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) as a mindfulness and values-driven approach, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT) to develop more constructive and flexible ways of thinking, and Motivational Interviewing (MI) and coaching tools to inspire a spirit of change. Leon also enjoys playing the guitar at shows and the subway.