Lana Benedek has worked for the last 15 years with adolescents and adults, helping them to resolve mental health concerns. Her focus has been on increasing well being and building resilience in her clients. Although she is medically trained and can use medications when indicated, she also has extensive experiencing working with mindfulness based practices such as yoga and meditation, talk therapy, diet and exercise, and uses these other modalities primarily in her approach.
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 and this led her to begin practicing yoga and meditation. Later working with clients in the faculty practice, at USC, she saw the benefits of incorporating mindfulness based practices within her therapy for individuals with anxiety, depression and addiction. 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. Before that in New York, she volunteered as a patient advocate and educator at Bellevue Hospital and worked 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, she also has a private therapy 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.