Laura Impert, LCSW
200 W. 90th St, #1G
New York, NY 10024
Modes of Treatment:
Supervision of clinicians
Age Range of Patients:
Aetna, Blue Cross/Blue Shield, Cigna, Empire
All other insurances accepted out of network
Sliding scale offered and to be negotiated
Creativity Challenges, Depression and Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Issues, Grief, Separation and Mourning, Interpersonal Issues, Menís Issues, Separation and Divorce, Sexual Dysfunction, Womenís Issues
Psychoanalysis / Psychoanalytic psychotherapy
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Additional Certification or Specialized Training:
Certificate in Psychoanalysis (from ICP);
Certificate in Eating Disorders and Addictions (from The William Alanson White Institute);
Certificate in Supervision Training (from ICP); Training in College Counseling (Sarah Lawrence College)
Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy (ICP)
IARPP (International Association of Relational Psychoanalytic Psychotherapists);
National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
NY State Society for Clinical Social Work-Met Chapter;
Society for Training at the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Therapy is about listening to our patients and helping them to create meaningful narratives of their lives. This journey involves exploring new feelings, sometimes not yet articulated and digging into messy, conflictual dimensions of ourselves. My focus is primarily relational which means looking at how interpersonal relationships currently play out in life. Often patients come to therapy because those old relationship patterns are stuck and problematic. So what helps? I believe that most patients enter †therapy knowing what they need-some patients will tell us and some need to discover it. My job is to listen as closely to the patient as possible to enable them to know their needs themselves. Over the course of my 25 years in the field, Iím more than aware that each patient will come away from treatment with different tools in hand but two at the top of my list are the capacity to be curious and to reflect. These are life long skills to be treasured.
I have published in the field on several clinical topics: mourning and grief including issues around paralyzing losses. Additionally, Iíve researched the plight of the isolated patient when longings for connection and intimacy collide with the comfort of self-sufficiency. I have extensive experience working with men around intimacy issues, sexuality and inhibited emotional expression and consider it a speciality. Similarly my work with artists whose stumbling blocks inhibit their creative work is another area of great interest to me. I also have been trained in working with addiction disorders, from eating issues to internet addictions.
I believe all of us move in and out of challenging transitions in our lives: the often fraught entrance into adulthood, separations or divorces and loss throughout the lifespan. On one end of the spectrum, Iíve worked in College Counseling at Sarah Lawrence College with young adults and their developmental struggles around identity and continue to specialize in it. On the other end of the spectrum is my work with patients grappling with the various stages of the life span: parenthood, career changes, loss, aging and facing death.
Finally, throughout my career Iíve been committed to gender issues, LGBT issues, working with queer identified patients and difficulties around coming out. More recently, Iíve worked with patients in the polyamory community and kink community.
Impert, L. (1999). The Body Held Hostage: The Paradox of Self-Sufficiency. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 35, 647-671.
Impert, L. & Rubin, M. (2011). The Mother at the Glen: The Relationship between Mourning and Nostalgia. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21: 691-706.
Impert, L. & Rubin, M. (2011). Revitalizing the Self through Mourning: Reply to Commentaries. Psychoanalytic Dialogues: 21: 736-741.
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