Dr. Langsam is a Nova Southestern University trained clinician specialized in treating children and adolescents.

How Trauma-Informed Teaching Builds A Sense of Safety And Care

"Students interact with teachers close to 30 hours a week. Training teachers in understanding trauma and interventions for individual students supports the developments of a strong attachment between student and teacher that enables children to feel safe and secure at school. " - Leah

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Leah Langsam, Psy.D. returns to the horse world with a unique set of performance coaching qualifications that can teach riders, parents and trainers the mental skills to anticipate success, concentrate on the task at hand, and overcome adversity.Mental skills coaching is a collaborative process and individual sessions are offered in person at R&A’s Manhattan office or via Skype for out of state riders

She has worked with a range of diagnoses and life stressors, including:

Anxiety and Mood Disorders
ADHD and Disruptive Behavior
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Trauma
Post-Adoption and Parent-Child Attachment Related Concerns

The information below provides a better sense of Dr. Langsam’s professional training and interests.

  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Langsam’s directed study examined the role of motherhood for women with mental illness and reviewed empirically validated treatments.
  • B.A. in English and Psychology from Skidmore College

Child and Adolescent

  • Introductory training in Child Parent Relationship Therapy (CPRT) at AFCTN’s 2nd Annual Statewide Training in Albany, NY with Sue Bratton, Ph.D.
  • Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), South Shore Mental Health
  • Parent Guidance and Training in Parenting Skills (TIPS), Nova Southeastern University
  • Emotion Focused Family Therapy (EFFT) and Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP)Two-Day Workshop with George Faller, LSCW and Dan Hughes, Ph.D. at Ackerman Institute for Families
  • Level II training in Dyadic Developmental Psychotherpy (DDP) with Dan Hughes at Quittien Glen Center for Mental Health currently in the process of becoming a certified practitioner .


  • Family Talk Prevention Intervention with Dr. William Beardslee, Boston Children’s Hospital and South Shore Mental Health
  • Level I training in Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP) with Diana Fosha, Ph.D., AEDP Institute, New York, NY.

Child and Adolescent

    • Pre-Doctoral internship at South Shore Mental Health. Provided individual and family therapy for children and adolescents with emotional, behavioral, and academic difficulties in an outpatient clinic. Provided wrap-around care as member of the In-Home Treatment Team to children and adolescents with serious emotional disturbances at-risk for out of home placement. Served as part of the mobile crisis intervention team performing comprehensive risk assessments for children and adults.
    • Clinical Psychology Trainee at the School Psychology Assessment and Consultation Center of Nova Southeastern University. Conducted psychoeducational evaluations, including assessments of intelligence, achievement, cognitive processing, social and behavioral functioning, as well as personality and emotional functioning. Worked closely with families, teachers, and school staff to provide feedback regarding the results of the assessment, including treatment and education recommendations based on best practices.
    • Clinical Psychology Trainee at Child, Adolescent, and Family Services of Nova Southeastern University. Utilized a behavioral-family systems approach to provide parent training and individual therapy services to children and adolescents. Interventions used included Coping Cat, Barkley’s Defiant Child and Helping the Noncompliant Child, and Solution Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT).
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship at Rennicke and Associates. Provided individual, dyadic, and family therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. Addressed practical issues (e.g., establishing routines, making transitions, enhancing school performance) and attachment-related concerns. Trained and supervised in evidence-based approaches including Dyadic Developmental Psychotherapy (DDP), Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS), and Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy (AEDP).


    • Clinical Psychology Trainee on the Spinal Cord Unit at the Miami VA Health Care Systems. Provided psychological services and consultation and liaison work on the Spinal Cord Injuries unit for patients ranging in age from young adult to geriatric. Utilized interventions, including Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR). Conducted educational and process oriented group therapy on a weekly basis for patients with Multiple Sclerosis.


  • Perle, J. G., Langsam, L. C., & Nierenberg, B. (2012, December). Controversy clarified: An updated review of clinical psychology and tele-health. Clinical Psychology Review, doi: 10.1016/j.cpr.2011.08.003.
  • Heinowitz, A. E., Brown, K. R., Langsam, L. C., Arcidiacono, S. J., Baker, P. L., Badaan, N. H., Zlatkin, N. I., & Cash, R. E. (G.) (2012, July 2). Identifying Perceived Personal Barriers to Public Policy Advocacy Within Psychology. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0029161.
  • Perle, J., Langsam, L., Randel, A., Lutchman, S., Levine, A., & Neirenberg, B. (2012, September). Attitudes toward psychological tele-health: Current and future clinical psychologists’ opinions of internet-based interventions. Journal of Clinical Psychology, doi: 10.1002/jclp.21912.
  • Perle, J.G., Langsam, L.C., Wallace, B.M., Zlatkin. N.I., Serrano, R.M., & Dorfman, W.I. (2012). Client perceptions and attitudes toward computer-based modes of psychological intervention: What practitioners need to know. Counseling, Psychotherapy, and Health, 7(1), 1-13.
  • Chisholm, T. L., Karle, J., Langsam, L., Brown K. (2009). Advocacy for school psychology: An exploration of predictors of involvement. Poster presented at Florida Association of School Psychologists Annual Convention, St. Petersburg, FL.
  • Karle, J., Langsam L., Luna, Y., Chisholm, T. L., Warnock, M., & Dorfman, W. I. (2009). Social support and burnout in mental health providers: A moderating effect? Poster presented at the International Council of Psychologists Sixty-Seventh Annual Convention, Mexico City, MX.
  • Karle, J., Dorfman, W. I., Delucia, C., Lambert, S., Langsam, L. (2009). Exploring burnout in mental health providers of chronic clients. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, CA.
  • Lloyd, A., Lewis, J. E., Brown, K., Langsam, L., Cannon, M. A., Mulcahy, A. B. (2009). Differential impact of cultural variable on MCMI-III scores. Poster presented at the American Psychology Association Annual Convention, Toronto, CA.
  • Orleck, R. C., Langsam, L., Brown, K., Lennertz, L. E., Goesel, K., Araujo, K. R., Cash, R. E. (2011). Benefits of and methods to increase involvement in public policy advocacy. Poster presented at the National Association of School Psychology Annual Convention, San Francisco, CA.
  • Perle, J. G., Langsam, L. C., Wallace, B. M, Serrano, R. M., Smith, S., Zlatkin, N., Bell, J., Dorfman, W. I. (2011). Patient perceptions and attitudes toward computer-based modes of psychological intervention. Poster presented at Nova Southeastern University Research Fair, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
  • Perle, J. G., Langsam, L. C., Randel, A., Lutchman, S., Levine, A. B., Odland, A. P., Nierenberg, B. (2011). Current and future psychologists’ attitudes towards psychological internet-based tele-health. Poster presented at the Florida Psychological Association, West Palm Beach, FL.
  • Zlatkin, N., Jacobsmeyer, J., Langsam, L. C., Cash, R. E., (2011). Beyond school grounds: The nature and impact of cyberbullying. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, D.C.
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • Adoption/Foster Care Therapist Network (AFCTN)