Lana M. Ackaway, LCSW-R
Therapy and "Intervention for Stale Therapy" in New York and US
Lana Ackaway, LCSW-R, CASAC
(917) 294-7883
lanaackaway@cs.com
Welcome

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, early "recovery," 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.

A third arm of my private practice is working with LCSWs and other professionals who have been invested in psychoanalytic psychotherapy and find he/she has not, as yet, been able to work for “oneself.”  For those who need to explore issues that are stumbling blocks for full-time private practice, I am available to set up a series of private meetings. The major benefit of my work is two-fold. (i) One is able to develop a niche for successful private practice based on one's history, passion and interest; (ii) The work is depth-oriented and is not a "how to." Two of my more recent clients have successfully been able to leave managed (“mangled") care and expand private practice opportunities. This is done within a psychoanalytic frame and there are no short-cuts.  I am respectful of boundary issues for those individuals who are presently working in “therapy."
 
A fourth 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.