Donna Stern-Bavuso offers Couples Therapy, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Therapy, Somatic Therapy, Addiction Recovery Therapy, and Depression Therapy in New York City, Upper Westside and Soho.



As a therapist I am privileged to help. I provide a space where clients can rediscover or develop authentic selves and deepen emotional connections with others. I enable clients to recognize how thoughts, beliefs and values affect relationships and to consider new ways of being in the world; to develop healthier adaptive strategies when facing problems, and to work through past and present trauma, grief, and losses. Psychotherapy does not have to be painful – it can be a safe, creative, and playful process of strengthening one’s health and well-being.

My clinical approach is interactive and integrates contemporary psychoanalytic theory with other approaches including cognitive behavioral therapy, mindfulness practice and Somatic Experiencing, a mind/body-based trauma resolution method that works directly with the nervous system — where all mental health symptoms reside – to resolve symptoms and promote emotional healing.

The area of my clinical expertise include depression, anxiety, post traumatic stress, relationships, adoption and fertility issues, substance abuse and recovery.

Please call or email me for a therapy consultation today.

Education and Experience

NYU Graduate School of Social Work


Somatic Experience Practitioner

About Somatic Experience



Therapy for individuals and couples

My expertise and experience offer a wide range of skills that have worked well in helping my patients receive the best possible care and attention. Weather you are depressed, facing a major life change or simply feel overwhelmed, my goal is to work with you to improve the obstacles you are facing.

Treatment specialization includes:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Relationship Issues
  • Addiction
  • Alcohol Abuse
  • Coping Skills
  • Grief
  • Life Coaching
  • Peer Relationships
  • Substance Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Codependency
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Infertility
  • Parenting
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma and PTSD

Treatment Approach:

  • Attachment-based
  • Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
  • Humanistic
  • Interpersonal
  • Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic
  • Somatic Experience Techniques
  • Trauma Focused


The short answer is yes. Therapy can help you understand why things upset you and what you can do about them. Talking to a therapist is about working toward solutions, not just “talking” about what upsets you, but doing important things to make positive changes. Psychotherapy (which is talk therapy) can be an important part of treatment for depression, ADD and bipolar disorders to name a few. A good therapist can help you cope with feelings and symptoms, and change behavior patterns that may contribute to your illness. Focusing on the past can help explain things in your life, but focusing on the present can help you cope with the present and prepare for the future. You might see your therapist more often at the beginning of treatment, and later, as you learn to manage problems and avoid triggers, you might go to psychotherapy appointments less often.
Currently, doctors typically prescribe antidepressants on a trial-and-error basis, selecting or adding one antidepressant after another when a patient fails to respond to the first treatment. Rarely does a clinician switch to an empirically proven psychotherapy like cognitive behavior therapy after a patient fails to respond to medication, although these data suggest this might be just the right strategy. One day soon, we may be able to quickly scan a patient with an M.R.I. or PET, check the brain activity “fingerprint” and select an antidepressant or psychotherapy accordingly. Read more about this subject in this interesting New York Times article.
Everything that we discuss in therapy is confidential. If you ask me to share information or give an update to someone on your healthcare team, I cannot release this information without obtaining your written permission first.
I require a 24 hour in advance notification in order to cancel an appointment. Please note that you will be charged for you session if you do not notify me 24 hours in advance.



To schedule a therapy appointment or to obtain additional information about my counseling services, please fill out the form below or give me a call.


I am a BC/BS provider. 

I also provide all the necessary paperwork for my clients to be reimbursed by their insurance provider. The majority of my clients receive some form of reimbursement form their insurance. Please call your insurance provider to determine your coverage.


I accept cash, check and all major credit cards accepted for payment. Payment is due at the end of each session.


Please fill out the New Client Intake Form and the Confidentiality Form and bring to your first session.

New Client Intake & Cancellation Policy Form

Confidentiality Form

If you would like me to coordinate care with another professional (e.g., your psychiatrist, primary care physician, etc.), please complete the applicable release of information form below:

Consent to Release Information Form


Fees vary depending on needs of the client.  

Please contact me to discuss.

Sessions are 45-minutes.

Reduced Fee

Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.

Cancellation Policy

If you do not show up for your scheduled therapy appointment, and you have not notified us at least 24 hours in advance, you will be required to pay the full cost of the session.


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Donna Stern-Bavuso, LCSW

210 West 70th Street
Suite #1
New York, NY 10023

177 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012

917 940 8973