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
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:
- Relationship Issues
- Alcohol Abuse
- Coping Skills
- Life Coaching
- Peer Relationships
- Substance Abuse
- Emotional Disturbance
- Self Esteem
- Trauma and PTSD
- Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
- Mindfulness-based (MBCT)
- Somatic Experience Techniques
- Trauma Focused
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.
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:
Fees vary depending on needs of the client.
Please contact me to discuss.
Sessions are 45-minutes.
Reduced fee services are available on a limited basis.
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.
Donna Stern-Bavuso, LCSW
210 West 70th Street
New York, NY 10023
177 Prince Street
New York, NY 10012
917 940 8973