Leon's Existential Cafe

Leon Garber is a philosophical writer, contemplating and elucidating the deep recesses of man’s soul. He is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor/Psychotherapist-specializing in Existential Psychotherapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, and Trauma Therapy-and manages a blog exploring issues of death, self-esteem, love, freedom, life-meaning, and mental health/mental illness, from both empirical and personal viewpoints.


The Toxicity of Self-Esteem

It's known that low self-esteem creates depression and anxiety, but can high self-esteem be toxic, too? This article explores a healthy alternative to both ... Read More
Don Juan

The Trap of the Self-Assured Don Juan

Why The Kind and Confident Don Juan You’re Looking For Doesn’t Exist “Fake it til you make it” is a cliche that’s repeated ad-nauseum, one that most of us latch ... Read More
Man's Search for Intimacy

Man’s Search for Intimacy

Closeness and Intimacy In 1946, existential psychiatrist, Viktor Frankl, published a book which drastically altered the course of psychotherapy; he titled it Man’s Search For Meaning, and in it, he presented ... Read More
Trauma Recovery

Trauma Recovery: Overcoming Your Past

This article explores how, despite the sorrow it brings, trauma engenders a rebirth, in which the victim becomes greater than ever before ... Read More
Cinderella Man

Cinderella Man – A Poem About Love’s Substitution with Glory

This is a poem about a boy used the pain of a bereft childhood to fuel his hunger for success, and the lack of joy he discovered within it ... Read More
My Admiration for James Cagney

My Admiration for James Cagney

This article chronicles James Cagney's impact on my development, exploring his extraordinary life through the lens of a boy who was coming-of-age ... Read More