Lana Benedek, MD, is an integrative psychiatrist, consultant and teacher who has worked for more than 15 years with adolescents and adults, helping them to resolve issues of anxiety, depression and addiction.
Throughout her career, Lana has been keenly interested in empowering individuals to create long-term healing beyond prescription medication and give them the tools to create lasting well-being. To that end, she has practiced mindfulness meditation and yoga for more than a decade, using it as a foundation for her own life and her approach to treatment.
She currently facilitates mindfulness-based therapy groups for individuals with anxiety, depression and addiction throughout Los Angeles, including at the Mind Body Tree House and Resolutions Treatment Center. Additionally, she is on the clinical faculty of the University of Southern California (USC) where she teaches psychiatry trainees about mindfulness and self care to reduce burnout and stress.
Early in her medical career, Lana became interested in the marriage of medicine and other modalities of healing. During medical school while working on the pediatric ward of Howard Hospital in remote Zimbabwe, Lana became attuned to our society’s dependence on external medical treatments which led her to begin practicing yoga and meditation. Later working with clients in the faculty practice, at USC and within the student health center at University of California at Los Angeles, she saw the benefits of incorporating mindfulness-based practices within her therapy.
For much of her life, Lana has been passionate about helping others. While attending medical school in Toronto, Canada, she volunteered to help the city’s homeless population with their addiction issues at one of the first large scale harm reduction program for alcoholics in North America. Even before medical school she volunteered as a patient advocate and educator at Bellevue Hospital in New York, working to improve access to medical care and information for the city’s low income and homeless populations. Early in her medical career, she specialized in working with young adults, feeling a need to help teenagers through the often anxiety ridden years of adolescence.
She attended McGill University, in Canada where she earned a bachelor’s degree in economics. Lana obtained her medical degree at McMaster University and completed her psychiatry residency and fellowship at the University of Toronto. In 2009 she moved from Toronto to Los Angeles. Currently, in addition to her teaching and consulting work, Lana has a private practice in Santa Monica where she sees individuals and groups.
She lives in the Pacific Palisades with her husband and two children. And in her free time she loves to practice yoga, hike, dance and sing.