Clinical Social Worker / Therapist in New York, NY

Lana M. Ackaway, LCSW-R. CASAC

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"Therapist to the Therapy"
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I am an empathic human being and a highly trained Certified Psychoanalyst, Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and Credentialed Alcoholism Counselor. I help others manage and resolve difficulties of the heart -- love, loss and work during significant life changes; for example, career change, death/illness in family, divorce, relapse with addiction(s), criminal arrests, loss of work, etc. I am committed to providing high-quality professional assessment and counseling/psychotherapy to people who have not accessed or have had prior unsatisfactory experiences with psychotherapy. I am also committed to travel the lengthy road of psychoanalysis with people who want to take this voyage.

A second arm of my private practice is "Second Opinions": Some consumers are in a "stalemate" in their present "therapy"-- where there is a serious impasse and "work" is forfeited. I consult with individuals who can no longer productively work in their current therapy, oftentimes beginning to resolve major impasses. On occasion, the individual's therapist volunteers to be part of this process. In some cases, fruitful work is resumed. In other instances, a decision to leave the current therapy ensues.

My interest in psychotherapy is borne by helping clients learn about themselves in seeing things differently—not changing their world, but having new eyes.
By engaging in this process one finds obstacles in the past that impinge in reaching one’s full potential in the present. Psychotherapy is helpful in working through such issues by addressing the underlying emotions and bringing them into awareness. One may achieve a sense of inner peace and emotional freedom, making possible more fulfilling relationships with oneself and others.

A third arm of my private practice is assistance to criminal defense attorneys specializing in high-profile white collar crime and DWI/DUIs. I have navigated the field of expert witness and prepared confidential psychiatric reports as well as prepleading memoranda to help individuals and their counsel have a win-win situation.
Lana M. Ackaway, LCSW-R, CASAC is a Certified Psychoanalyst, a NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a Certified Alcoholism Counselor. She specializes in high-quality assessment, intervention and psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy (and psychoanalysis) for individuals and groups. Ms. Ackaway also is a friend to criminal defense attorneys, with a speciality in white collar crime and DWI/DUIs. She has prepared detailed and confidential psychiatric reports for use in Court. She has also testified in high profile cases. Ms. Ackaway is very comfortable with herself and can readily reach within to be with most other people. She is imaginatively intuitive, always well-grounded and consistently in touch with another's psychic structure and needs. Ms. Ackaway is a thoughtful and kind person. She maintains a private practice in Midtown, New York City, New York.

With over 27 years experience as a relational psychoanalyst, and a graduate of Columbia University and the National Psychological Association of Psychoanalysis, specializing in psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy, she is currently serving as private practitioner working with a broad spectrum of clients. Among her areas of expertise are individual and group psychotherapy with the hard-to-reach consumer, offering a user-friendly, but professional approach.

In addition to being a prominent relational therapist, Ms. Ackaway has presented at National conferences and to general audiences speaking on the topics of difficulties of the heart -- love, loss and work during significant life changes/transitions; e.g., career/job change, death/illnes in family, divorce, addiction/recovery, criminal arrest, etc.

Ms. Ackaway helps clients effectively address personal life challenges. She integrates complementary methodologies and techniques to offer a highly personalized approach tailored to each client. With compassion and understanding, Ms. Ackaway works with each individual to foster self-awareness and attain the personal growth he/she is committed to accomplishing.
Practice Areas
 Counseling / Therapy  Loneliness
 Addiction / Drug Rehab  Men's Issues
 Adolescents  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder
 Anxiety and Panic  Psychoanalysis
 Coronavirus/COVID-19 Issues  Psychological Evaluation / Testing
 Couples Therapy  Relationship Issues
 Depression  Self Esteem Issues
 Divorce  Seniors and Elder Care Issues
 Gifted / Talented Issues  Stress Management
 Grief and Loss  Trauma and PTSD
 Group Therapy  Women's Issues
 Life Transitions  Work and Career Issues
 Certified Psychoanalyst (State)  Certified Substance Abuse Counselor
 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW)  Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW)

NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Lic. R-029147-1
NYS Certified Alcoholism Counselor, Certification #1057

Additional Training

National Psychological Association for Psychoanalysis (NPAP), 1997
Certified Psychoanalyst, 1997
Certificate in Supervision (NPAP), 1998

Professional Activities and Memberships

American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)
Member, National Association for Women's Health
American Association for Psychoanalysis in Clinical Social Work (AAPCSW)
Member, National Association for Women's Health
New York State Society of Clinical Social Workers (NYSSCSW.org)
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Payments Accepted
Cash, money orders, money-grams
Hours:By Appointment
License:NYS #R-029147-1 and NYS 1057
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280 Madison Avenue
Suite 711
New YorkNY 10016
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