LouAnn Smith LCSW

Skilled in the following therapeutic approaches:

  • individual counseling

  • family and couples counseling

  • group therapy

  • pre-marital counseling

  • sex therapy

  • daughter-mother consultation

  • divorce mediation

  • family and estate mediation

  • clinical supervision and workshops

Licensed by New York State
Master's Degree in Social Work (MSW) New York University School of Social Work, 1980.

Along with over 35 years of training and clinical experience, my greatest assets are: dedicated interest, earnest listening and a high regard for the conversation that occurs in the therapy relationship. In therapy, through active listening, reflecting and reframing- we will construct new ways of experiencing and understanding.

My style is warm and sympathetic but I will challenge you to work hard as you rediscover your path toward healing, growth and personal satisfaction.

My patients are individuals, couples and families - coming from a wide variety of backgrounds and presenting with an array of problems and symptoms. I am sensitive to the complex interplay of personal, biological and experiential variables and how these intersect with and impact our intimate relationships as well as relationships at work, with family and friends - how we bring ourselves to the world.

My training is diverse, yet grounded in developmental and psychoanalytic theory. I continue to learn new approaches and strategies and work with a range of modalities to help you move forward. I participate in a large network of professionals for consultation/referral to mental health and non-mental health services.



Social Work Clinical Supervision  
New York University 1985

Psychoanalytic Group  Psychotherapy
Psychotherapy-Training Institute for Mental Health Practitioners 1986

Family and Couples Psychotherapy
Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy 2002

EMDR Psychotherapy

Eating Disorders, Compulsions and Addictions
William Alanson White Institute 2008, 2010 

Divorce and Family Mediation
The Center for Mediation and Training 2009

Level 1
psychobiological approach to couple therapy




Couples Therapy Training Program
Training Institute for Mental Health Practitioners
Faculty and Supervisor

Family and Couples Treatment Service
Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy
Faculty, Supervisor, and Executive Committee

Daughter/ Mother Project Group
Research and Workshop

Sex Therapy Study Group and related conferences (toward ASSECT certification)

Sibling Relationships Study Group   
New York State Society of Clinical Social Work (NYSSCSW) 


workshops & classes

Early Marriage Workshop

LouAnn Smith, LCSW and Rita Gazarik, LCSW have developed 3 “early marriage” workshops-for couples-offered this fall. These are structured educational/ experiential workshops with reading and homework provided as an anchor.

Couples can sign up for 1, 2 or 3 workshops.

Please reach out with any questions.

We appreciate referrals you might send our way.


Previous events and workshops:


Understand the Options for Separation and Divorce, a free facts workshop

Thursday, November 1st, 2018 
Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy



March 12, 2018; 7:30-9:30 p.m.; 
92nd St. Y

Apologizing and Forgiveness:
Understand Why “I’m Sorry” Is So Important

Being hurt and hurting another person are inevitable, and society has often taught us that apologizing is the right thing to do. But why?

Psychotherapist LouAnn Smith, LCSW, facilitates a discussion about what an apology is, why it is so sought after yet so difficult to give or accept, and how it affects relationships.

daughter/mother project

June 9-02, 2018; 11a.m.-4 p.m.
Manhattan locataion TBD

Daughter/Mother Project team to work with Motherless/Daughters NYC Chapter