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Welcome to Psychotherapy with Lana - Midtown NYC

Welcome to Psychotherapy with Lana - Midtown NYC


I am an empathic human being and a highly trained Certified Psychoanalyst, NYS Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and NYS 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.

Therapy Supervision

Offering  supervision to experienced LCSWs and other licensed professionals, to include the "beginner."  Candidates at Institutes and employees or fee-for-service clinicians at agencies who need additional supervision are welcome. Focus is on transference and countertransference to patients/clients -- in particular personal and induced reactions/countertransference to patients/clients. Flexible times for your schedule.

Lana M. Ackaway, LCSW-R is a graduate of NPAP (circa 1997) and holds a Certificate in Supervision (1998) from NPAP. Ms. Ackaway provided supervision to psychoanalysts and psychotherapists in private and agency practice for over a quarter of a century. She has participated in short and long-term supervision study (peer) groups focusing on transference and countertransference case material with emphasis on process.

Second Opinions for Mental Health

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.

Psychotherapy Consultations

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.


Criminal Defense Attorney Assistance

 A third arm of my private practice is assistance to criminal defense attorneys representing high-profile defendants in a variety of white collar crime (fraud, embezzlement, bribery, RICO, regulatory violations), controlled substance violations, weapons violations, and violent crimes. I have also evaluated and testified in assault cases, domestic violation and complicated divorce proceedings. I have prepared confidential psychiatric reports (writing without “psychobabble”) to aid with prepleading memoranda, helping individuals and attorneys have a win-win result.

With over 27 years experience as a relational psychoanalyst, a graduate of Columbia University and the National Psychological Association of Psychoanalysis, specializing in psychodynamically oriented psychotherapy and psychoanalysis as well as complicated consultation/assessment, I serve a broad spectrum of clients. Among my areas of expertise are individual and group psychotherapy with the hard-to-reach consumer, offering a user-friendly, but professional approach.

I’m here to help. Feel free to  call me at (917)294-7883

Lana Ackaway


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