Ani Buk, MA, LP, LCAT




Licensed Psychoanalyst and Art Therapist

Description of Practice/Services Offered

Private practice on the Upper West Side, working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. Private and group supervision of psychotherapists.

Therapeutic Modalities: an integrative, collaborative, evidence-based approach that combines psychoanalytic, cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness practices, as well as art therapy when desired.

Specializations: anxiety; depression; trauma, including medical trauma and bereavement; life transitions; LGBTQ experience; artists’ issues; career and interpersonal struggles; parent guidance; couples and family therapy; art therapy.

Clinical Appointments/Hospital Affiliation:

Faculty, Graduate Art Therapy Program, New York University

Core Faculty, The Kint Institute: Restoring Connection through the Arts (post-graduate certificate program)

Permanent Faculty and Training and Supervising Analyst, The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society

Faculty appointment at the rank of Associate in Psychiatry, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 4/1996 – 6/2007

Preceptor in the Human Rights Clinic, training Primary Care Residents to assess the psychosocial sequelae of torture and imprisonment, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 3/1995 – 9/2004

Small-group co-facilitator of the year-long, first-year course Introduction to Clinical Medicine, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 1/1994 - 6/1997

Preceptor for the elective course Child Abuse: Identification and Treatment, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, sponsored by the The New York Center for Children, 9/1997 - 12/2001. Director of Art Therapy Program, School Based Health Center, Intermediate School 70, 9/1997 - 6/2000

Director of Creative Arts Therapy Department, North Central Bronx Hospital, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, 8/1993 - 3/1998

Professional Education

Post-graduate certificate in Adult Psychoanalysis - The Psychoanalytic Training Institute of the Contemporary Freudian Society

Post-graduate certificate in psychoanalytic psychotherapy with children, adolescents, parents and families - The Institute for Child, Adolescent and Family Studies

MA in Art Therapy - New York University Graduate Art Therapy Program

MFA in Graphic Design - Yale School of Art

BS in Mental Health, magna cum laude - Tufts University   

Credentials/Board Certification

LP - Licensed Psychoanalyst in NY
LCAT - Licensed Creative Arts Therapist in NY
ATR-BC - Board Certified and Registered Art Therapist
FIPA - Fellow of the International Psychoanalytical Association  


Buk, A. (2009). The mirror neuron system and embodied simulation: Clinical implications for art therapists working with trauma survivors. The Arts in Psychotherapy, Special Issue: The Creative Arts Therapies in the Treatment of Trauma, 36, 61 – 74. PDF available at

Buk, A., Freed, D., Katoh, M., Metalios, E., Moore, A., & Smullian, D. (2003). Human Rights Clinic: Training Manual for Physicians and Mental Health Professionals. New York: Doctors of the World.

 Buk, A., Duff, E., Katoh, M., Metalios, E., & Thiel de Bocanegra, H. (2001). Facilitators’ guide: Training health care providers to work with refugees. New York: Doctors of the World/Safe Horizon/Office of Refugee Resettlement.

Buk, A. (1999). [Review of the book The portable studio – Art therapy and political conflict: Initiatives in former Yugoslavia and South Africa]. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association, 16 (4), 206 - 207. 


Ani Buk has conducted numerous presentations and intensive training sessions on a national level covering a wide range of topics related to art therapy, trauma, vicarious traumatization, refugee issues, parent guidance, creativity and the psychology of the artist.  


Featured expert/clinician in:
"Emancipation From War Trauma: A New Installation in Union Square Puts a Face on Veterans’ Experiences," by Phoebe Hoban, The Wall Street Journal, November 8, 2012.

“Creative Arts Therapists Heal 9/11 Trauma Victims” by Carl Blumenthal, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, September 2, 2004

“The Art of Healing” by Hope Reeves, Rosie Magazine, December, 2002.

“The Art of Healing” by Marianne Szegedy-Maszak, U.S. News & World Report, Commemorative Issue: One Year After 9/11 – A Nation Changed, 2002.

“9/11: Six Months Later” by Stephanie Smith, Scholastic News Senior Edition, March 4, 2002.

“Coping with Chaos” by Colleen DeBaise, Chicago Tribune, January 1, 2002.

_ Contact_____________________________________________________________________

Phone: 212 560-5556 
Appointment Scheduling: Monday - Thursday
Office Hours:morning, afternoon and evening appointments
Insurances Accepted: Out-of-Network provider for most insurance companies