Laura Impert   LCSW


Background & Scope of Practice

As a relational psychotherapist and psychoanalyst, my approach is more interpersonal than traditional talk therapy. But regardless of labels or therapeutic approach, there are many parts of therapy that help, as the threads of the past link up to one’s life in the present. Often people find that this linking becomes a tremendously valuable tool that provides insight into both one’s inner and outer lives. Yet most patients come to therapy seeking help with concrete, real life problems. My work strives to use an integrative approach, also recruiting cognitive and behavioral tools to shift unhelpful responses in difficult situations and to find new strategies that are more effective. The best outcome for any therapy is a sense of mastery and spontaneity as well as assimilating new strategies to navigate interpersonal issues and symptoms of distress that interfere with living more fully whether they are anxiety, depression, anger or shame.

I like to work with people grappling with transitions: the often fraught entrance into adulthood, with young adults who seek help with their developmental struggles around identity and the myriad of transitions into parenthood, separations, and the losses that are part of our lifespan. Additionally, my work with artists whose stumbling blocks inhibit their creative work is another area of great interest to me. Finally, I’ve researched the plight of the isolated patient when longings for connection and intimacy collide with the comfort of self-sufficiency. I’ve published in professional journals on some of these topics, such as intimacy issues, mourning, grief and nostalgia.

Finally, throughout my career I’ve been committed to gender issues, LGBT issues, working with queer identified patients and difficulties around coming out. I’ve worked with patients in the polyamory community and the kink community.


I graduated from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts in 1975 and received my Master’s degree at Smith College School for Social Work in 1981. After working in a variety of settings in community mental health, I graduated as a psychoanalyst at The Institute of Contemporary Psychotherapy in New York City in1995, an intensive program of advanced practice in psychotherapy with adults. I opened my private practice in Manhattan seeing primarily adults and students in 1986. I’ve worked as a staff clinician in college counseling at Sarah Lawrence College. I’ve also done further training in substance abuse and addictions at the William Alanson White Institute in NYC. I’ve incorporated the use of short term approaches, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) when needed.

I’ve published in the field on several clinical topics: mourning, grief and nostalgia. Additionally, I’ve published on the plight of the isolated patient whose longings for connection and intimacy collide with the comfort of self-sufficiency. I have extensive experience working on struggles around intimacy issues, sexuality and inhibited emotional expression. 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.

I’m involved in the community of psychoanalytically oriented psychotherapists in the New York city area where I currently supervise therapists privately and in training at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy in NYC.


Impert, L. (1999). The body held hostage: The paradox of self- sufficiency. Contemporary Psychoanalysis, 35, 647-671.
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Impert, L.& Rubin, M. (2011). The Mother at the glen: The relationship between mourning and nostalgia. Psychoanalytic Dialogues, 21: 691-706.
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Impert, L.& Rubin, M. (2011). Revitalizing the self through mourning: Reply to commentaries. Psychoanalytic Dialogues: 21: 736-741.
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Dread and Worry 101
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