Saila Akhtar


About Me

I am a licensed mental health counselor from New York. I have over 10 years of experience working with at risk children and their families. I have worked directly with clients with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD, ADHD, substance use concerns and family conflicts. I also helped many people who have experienced physical trauma or emotional abuse.

My counseling style is interactive. I believe in building good rapport with my clients and providing a safe space to have open dialogues about their concerns. I believe in treating everyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion. My approach combines cognitive-behavioral, motivational interviewing, psychodynamic, and person-centered. I will tailor our dialog and treatment plan to meet your unique and specific needs.

It takes courage to be aware of your needs and to seek out support to change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to partner with you and work towards the change you crave.

I look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Relationship issues , Grief , Intimacy-related issues , Parenting issues , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Coaching , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Abandonment , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Existential Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video


LMHC #008338 (Expires: 2023-04-30)


Written by V.A. on Jan 13, 2021 after counseling with Saila for 4 months on issues concerning eating disorders

Saila listens carefully and understands my struggles. She is supportive and nonjudgmental and her insights help me to unravel my emotions, reactions and behaviors. It’s comforting to have her available between sessions to provide timely and focused support. Working with Saila has been just what I need.

Written by P.R. on Jan 11, 2021 after counseling with Saila for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and parenting issues

Saila, is an amazing threapist. She really listens and gives some amazing insight and tools on whatever your goals, ambitions, personal struggles and battles you are going through. She has been with me in my darkest hours and has given me soo much hope. I definitely recommend her.

Written by S.H. on Dec 30, 2020 after counseling with Saila for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, parenting issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

I really like talking about my issues with :
Saila because she gets me.

Written by Z.O. on Nov 17, 2020 after counseling with Saila for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and family conflicts