Ani Buk

Psychoanalyst, MA, LP, LCAT

Contact Info



  • Psychoanalyst
    New York

  • Art Therapist
    New York


161 West 86th Street, 1 AW
New York, NY 10024
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Telephone: 212-560-5556

Ani Buk, MA, LP, LCAT is a Licensed and Board Certified Psychoanalyst and Art Therapist in private practice on the Upper West Side, working with children, adolescents, adults and couples. She also supervises clinicians individually and in small groups.

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

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

Clinical and Academic Appointments

Faculty, Graduate Art Therapy Program, New York University.

Core Faculty, Kint Institute: Restoring Connection through the Arts.

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

Clinical Advisor to Lalela ( ), a non-profit organization that provides educational arts for at-risk youth to spark creative thinking and awaken the entrepreneurial spirit.

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, including Introduction to the Patient, and Introduction to Psychopathology, 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. 


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

Board Certified Psychoanalyst by CIPS - Confederation of Independent Psychoanalytic Societies


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.

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 parent guidance, art therapy, trauma, vicarious traumatization, refugee issues, 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.

“For Wounds of the Mind, The Healer’s Art is Art” by Ralph Blumenthal, The New York Times, October 29, 1997.


Phone: 212-560-5556 (office voicemail service)


Appointment Scheduling: Monday - Thursday

Office Hours: morning, afternoon and evening appointments

Insurances Accepted: Out-of-Network provider for most insurance companies 




  • Adoption
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Life Transitions
  • Parenting
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Orientation

  • Art Therapy
  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Integrative
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Multicultural
  • Play Therapy
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoanalytic
  • Psychodynamic
  • Somatic
  • Trauma Focused

Age Groups

  • Children (6 to 10)
  • Preteens / Tweens (11 to 13)
  • Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 21)
  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
  • Preschoolers/Early School Age (3-6)
  • Young Adults (20's & 30's)