Veronica Abney, Ph.D, L.C.S.W., D.C.S.W.

 VERONICA ABNEY, PH.D. License # LCS6642

Los Angeles Office
119 S. La Jolla Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90048
(323) 658-7201

Santa Monica Office
1137 Second St, Ste. 213
Santa Monica, CA 90048
(310) 576-1878

Veronica D. Abney, Ph.D., LCSW is a psychoanalyst in private practice in Los Angeles and Santa Monica specializing in the treatment of child, adolescent and adult survivors of childhood sexual trauma. She is a training & supervising analyst at the Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis where she also co-chairs the Ad hoc Committee for Diversity, has taught seminars on dissociation in the psychoanalytic training program and has facilitated programs related to diversity. Dr. Abney is a past president of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and has taught numerous workshops around the country on issues related to countertransference and dissociation in the treatment of adult survivors and on cross-cultural treatment. She is particularly interested in the application of modern psychoanalytic theories in cross-cultural practice and countertransference issues that arise in the treatment of adult survivors. Dr. Abney’s doctoral research was on African-American psychoanalysts in the United States and their history and presence in the field of psychoanalysis.



Child abuse and sexual trauma
Cross-cultural practice


1969 -1973 BA, Pitzer College, Claremont, CA 91711

1973 -1975 MSW, Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, MA 01063

1992 – 2006 Ph.D., Institute of Contemporary Psychoanalysis, Los Angeles, CA

Dissertation: African-American Psychoanalysts in the United States: Their Stories & Presence in the Field


Nov 1978 Licensed Clinical Social Worker (California)

Dec 1994 Diplomat in Clinical Social Work

Dec 1995 Qualified Clinical Social Worker


V. Abney and L. Jackson (1991). How Group Therapy Can Help Survivors of Sexual Abuse. Behavioral Science Media Lab, Neuropsychiatric Institute, University of California, Los Angeles.

V. Abney, J. Yang, and M. Paulson (1992). Transference and Countertransference Issues Unique to Long Term Group Psychotherapy with Adult Women Molested as Children: The Trials and Rewards. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 7:4.

V. Abney & K. Gunn (1993). Cultural Competency: Rationale and Reality. APSAC Advisor, 6:3.

V. Abney (1995). Review of Crossing the Boundary: Black Women Survive Incest, by Melba Wilson. Affilia, 10(1), Spring 1995: 92-93.

V. Abney and R. Priest (1995). African-Americans and Sexual Child Abuse. In L. Fontes (Ed.) Sexual Abuse in Nine North American Cultures: Treatment and Prevention. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage

V. Abney (1996). Cultural Competency in the Field of Child Maltreatment. In L. Berliner, J. Briere, J. Bulkley & C. Jenny (Eds.),

APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment. Thousand Oaks, CA: SagePublications.

V. Abney (2000). What Principles and Approaches Can I Use to Engage Clients Across Cultures?. In H. Dubowitz & D. DePanfilis (Eds.)

Handbook for Child Protection. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

V. Abney (2002). Cultural Competency in the Field of Child Maltreatment. In J.E.B. Myers, L. Berliner, J. Briere, C.T. Hendrix, C. Jenny & T.A. Reid (Eds.), APSAC Handbook on Child Maltreatment

(Second Editon). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

V. Abney (1975). Psychological Effects of School Desegregation on Black Children. Abstracted in Smith College School for Social Work Journal, 46-1, (16).

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