Shana Bacal Lutsky, LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Specializing in life transition challenges, anxiety/depression, pregnancy & infertility issues
Shana is a therapist living in Los Angeles. She has over 25 years experience working within the mental health field. She has worked for the Los Angeles Unified School District for the past 15 years in school settings working extensively with adolescents and their families. In her private practice she works primarily with adolescents, 20 somethings and adults who are struggling with anxiety, depression and challenging life transitions.
Over the past few years, drawing from her own experience, she has expanded her practice to include helping those having difficulty getting pregnant (infertility issues) which can be a very specific time of crisis for an individual or couple. She is also deeply committed to helping new mothers navigate the journey through parenthood and understands the challenges mothers often face when children enter the picture.
Her style of therapy is interactive, empathetic, and solution-focused. Her aim is to provide support and practical feedback to help 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, she works with each individual to help them build on their strengths and attain the personal growth they are committed to accomplishing.
Her private practice is in West Los Angeles.
I received my Masters in Social Work from the University of Toronto in 1997, and prior to that completed my undergraduate studies at McGill University in Canada. During that time, I held internships in a psychiatric hospital and a family therapy clinic.
I have supervised social work interns and am trained in Cognitive Behavioral Intervention Therapy for Trauma in Schools. I am a certified Mental Health consultant and provide consultation to teachers, support staff and administrators on mental health issues.
My personal interest in the field of infertility has led me to expand my practice to issues regarding all aspects of pregnancy. This is an area of expertise that I am highly dedicated to and am eager to help intended parents who are struggling on this difficult journey.
I am a mother of three boys (including a set of twins) which always helps to keep me on my toes. In my leisure time, I enjoy spending time with my family, friends, exercising and traveling to new places.