Laquanique  Lake

Laquanique Lake

Licensed Master Social Worker, LMSW Practice: Resilience Lab
New York Waitlist Online
Harlem Not Accepting In-person
Updated April 21, 2021

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Self-esteem
  • Mindfulness
  • Body image

Professional statement

Laquanique offers a heart healing path approach to therapy, wherein the client is their own healer, and she is their heart healing path guide. This approach affirms that all human beings are Love despite the sum of their behaviors and the consequences of those behaviors; that Love is perfection; that perfection is wholeness; and that all human beings are whole despite experiences of suffering. Heart healing is the practice of choosing to hear one’s heart through the fiercest of the mind’s distracting lies about who one is and what one has to offer. The healing journey or path is, then, not the process of rewriting oneself as whole, but, rather, it is perceiving the wholeness that one already is.

As the heart has a profound and often suppressed consciousness of its own – one that speaks truth to the mind’s distortions of who one is and what their purposes are – Laquanique uses multiple frameworks to help healers hear the heart’s voice more precisely and more frequently within the context of day-to-day living. Developing one’s ability to purposefully discern between the heart’s voice and the mind’s voice (the internal source of self-love talk and the internal source of self-distortion talk; wholeness perception and fragmented perception) is a potent healing tool, for it makes ‘choice’ apparent to the healer in a way that is not only understood but also internally experienced. The healer is made aware of their right to choose heart guidance over mind guidance and the choice to train the mind to be in service to their highest good or life’s purposes.

The heart healing path approach places fundamental, clinical social work theory, practice, ethics, tools, and symptom conceptualization/categorization within the context of heart-centeredness, thereby, revering and making space for ways of perceiving self that extend beyond the mind. It acknowledges the soul’s ability to be expressed through nonverbal mediums such as uninhibited, heart-led art, and it acknowledges the body’s innate wisdom and (often undervalued) ability to share healing truths. It acknowledges the whole lived experience of a person – mind, body, and soul – by practically melding intuition and intellect. This approach is, thus, multifaceted, mobilizing celebration, curiosity, experience, practice, reflection, awareness, imagination, exploration, and soul expression while drawing from the frameworks of dialectical behavior therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, functional family therapy, strengths perspective, client-centered perspective, mindfulness, problem-solving/solution-centered perspective, and soul-expressive art/heart-led art (via movement, lyrical expression, free writing, free-from poetry, wordless vocalization).

There is not one kind of person who can benefit from the heart healing path approach to therapy. All are welcome who desire to see themselves whole and with Love. Here are some kinds of challenges that can be explored through the heart healing path approach: fear of Love, distrust of Love, fear of unknown future events (worry), resentment, disgust with Life, shame of physical appearance, despair and the desire to self-harm, difficulty with finding meaning in life’s experiences, desire to pass on from this life into peace, fear of expressing oneself fully through the use of voice, desire to be in freedom from past pain, difficulty loving self, fear of the experience of freedom, fear of rejection of true self-expression, experience of being constrained by dominating emotions, experience of non-medically explained pain or discomfort, reexperiencing of unresolved past pain.

The healer’s heart healing journey is not confined to the healing space cocreated by client and clinician/healer and guide. Laquanique will, therefore, assist healers in creating their own healing practices, for what is persistently practice will become the healer’s patterned way of living, and the healer’s patterned way of living will continuously create the quality of their lived experiences.

Laquanique L. Lake is formally recognized by the state of New York as a licensed master social worker. She earned a BA Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University and an MSW degree from New York University’s Silver School of Social Work.


Message to clients

Dear Beautiful Being,

Be not discouraged by your past pain or current tribulation, for you are none other than Love. Be not deceived any longer by the mind’s loveless image of who you are and what you have been given by Love to offer to the world. You have come to begin this healing journey not because you are broken, but because you are ready to see you with your heart. To heal is to see yourself as you truly are – that which is whole. Love is wholeness, and, therefore, you are Love.

You are not fear. You are not hatred for yourself and others. You are neither loveless nor unworthy of being loved. You are not incapable or irrelevant. You are not disgusting or repulsive. You are not desperate or lacking. You are not defective. You are not a diagnosed illness or disease. You are not dirty. You are not shame. You are not in bondage to the false conceptualizations and misconstructions of who you are. You are not the sum of your behaviors. You are not born to die or live in waiting for death. You are not a mistake.

You are a powerful force of good – perfect and precisely placed in time. What is required to unveil your goodness shines within you, even now, for you possess all that you need in order to stand firmly and full of life in your authentic power/ in your glory/ in your wholeness.

The time has come for you to harvest the medicine within you, to see yourself healed, as you are, to hear your heart, to shift into your authenticity, and to transform the mind into a tool that works in service to your healing.

It is, therefore, with profound love, thanksgiving, and celebration, that I write to the wholeness that is you, “Love, be Love, for you are always whole. And wholeness does not exist apart from freedom.”

Let’s begin to cocreate the process of unveiling the Love that is you!

With Joy,
Laquanique L. Lake, LMSW

“Fear not, for behold your truth is wholeness.” - Healing Heart of Love


Specialties

Anxiety - Conquering fear; coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Moving toward and into joy; providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Self-esteem - Developing self-Love practices; cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect

Mindfulness - Developing active awareness of self in the present; developing practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Body image - Developing body-love practices; development of skills for handling negative thoughts about physical appearance; building habits of more positive self-talk and self-perception




Clientele

  • Adults (24+)
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Teenagers (13-18)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Insurance

  • United Healthcare
  • Oscar Health
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $150 (60min)
  • Initial session: $150 (60min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Courtesy billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week

Location(s)

Harlem practice
Not accepting new clients in-person
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6:30pm
  • Wed 9:30am-6:30pm
  • Thu 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Fri 10:00am-7:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Online Sessions (New York)
Accepting new clients with a 2 - 3 week wait online
Currently Available Times
  • Morning (Before 10am)
  • Daytime (10am - 1pm)
  • Afternoon (1pm - 5pm)
  • Evening (After 5pm)
  • Weekends
Regular Hours
  • Mon 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Tue 10:00am-6:30pm
  • Wed 9:30am-6:30pm
  • Thu 11:00am-6:30pm
  • Fri 10:00am-7:30pm
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Resilience Lab, 2020 - Present
Rising Ground Prevention Services, 2019 - 2020
Four Winds Hospital, 2018 - 2019
Visiting Nurse Service of New York, Assertive Community Treatment, 2017 - 2018
HELP Women's Center, 2016 - 2017

New York University, MSW, 2019
Fairleigh Dickinson University, BA in Psychology, 2015


Licensure

New York: 109323


Languages

English