April 2019

Darcy Lawton, LCSW

Darcy Lawton, LCSW

200 Vesey Street, 24th Floor

New York, NY 10281


646-952-8796 x 8796

Tell us about your practice.

My practice focuses on helping adult clients connect with their unique strengths and positive qualities. My goal is to help individuals achieve solutions to their core concerns, find answers to their present struggles, and to enjoy life in a way that is personally meaningful. Some of the common themes that emerge in my practice are anxiety reduction, stress management, career guidance, and improving upon interpersonal relationships.

What made you decide to open your own business?

I had a vision several years ago, even before getting accepted into graduate school, that it would be incredible to one day have my own private psychotherapy practice. Back then, I didn’t know if I could actually achieve this goal, but I imagined what it would be like to have the freedom to run my own business, and to help clients in a way that would allow them to be their most authentic selves. I set a goal all those years ago, and worked hard to make the dream of running my own practice into a reality. Through my work at clinics, hospitals, community centers, schools, and group private practices, I learned so much about who I am, as well as the clients I served. Over time, I gained confidence and developed my skill set through various clinical experiences, which is what ultimately led me to take the leap in establishing my own practice.

What has been the most challenging aspect of building your business?

Initially, reminding myself to be patient was definitely the most challenging aspect of building my business. When you are so motivated to have everything ready and in place, and you do all of the hard work to get your practice up and running, you want nothing more than for clients to start contacting you right off the bat! It definitely takes time to build a steady client base, though. Trusting in yourself, your skill set, and your experience are key things to remember when challenges arise.

What has been the most rewarding part of building your business?

The most rewarding part of building my business has been establishing the connections and therapeutic alliance I have with my clients. If I hadn’t started my own business, I wouldn’t know the wonderful clients I serve today, and that is very hard to imagine! Knowing that I can impact my clients’ lives in a positive way is extremely fulfilling, and I feel privileged to work with such courageous, brave, and motivated individuals in a truly supportive manner.

How has Private Practice Studio helped you in achieving your business goals?

From the get-go, Private Practice Studio with Liz Morrison, LCSW has been nothing short of an uplifting, encouraging breath of fresh air. Liz and I briefly crossed paths in the past working at a group private practice, and when I learned of her successes as a private practitioner afterwards, it further motivated me to follow suit. I gained a lot of valuable information from her foundational group seminars to get my practice off the ground, and also benefited from her one-on-one coaching sessions for particular scenarios in which I wanted direct support and feedback. Private Practice Studio encompasses a network of hard-working, supportive, enthusiastic clinicians, which makes for a stellar community of professionals.

Anything else you would like us to know?

As a former ballet dancer, I also understand the unique challenges and complexities that performing artists face. Most recently, I served as an independent consultant to American Ballet Theatre’s JKO School, where I worked with young dancers helping them achieve healthy goals related to their performing arts endeavors.

Darcy Lawton, LCSW helps adult clients connect with their unique strengths and positive qualities. Her practice is located in Battery Park City.