About Me

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 New York City, New York, in the Midtown / Midtown East area.  Conveniently located near Grand Central.

With over 25 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 very 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.


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

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