Justena Kavanagh

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R

Contact Info



  • Clinical Social Work/Therapist
    New York


Midtown East Office
1110 2nd Ave, Suite 304
New York, NY 10022
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Telephone: 917-312-5101

Union Square Office
80 5th Ave, Suite 903A
New York, NY 10011
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Telephone: 917-312-5101

Justena graduated magna cum laude from Dartmouth College where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She earned her MSW at New York University.  Justena has been a Professor of Psychology at NYU’s graduate school and at Saint Louis University, Madrid, where she also had a private practice. She previously consulted for Fortune 100 companies and was a journalist for ABC News.

Justena works with adult individuals and couples. She is a certified Relational Life Therapist and has trained extesively with Terry Real and Esther Perel. Justena is also certified in Brainspotting.

Throughout her education and careers, Justena has become increasingly aware that external markers of success do not always translate to inner contentment. Justena founded NYC Counseling, a large group psychotherapy practice, in 2014 to widen the range of affordable, high quality therapy and training available.

Justena is a native New Yorker but has lived throughout the United States and in a number of European countries. She speaks French, German, and Spanish, and enjoys kitesurfing, wakeboarding, skiing, and, most of all, reading.


  • Substance Abuse
  • Divorce
  • Infertility
  • Couples Therapy
  • Addiction

Treatment Orientation

  • Eclectic
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic

Age Groups

  • Adults

Alternative Language

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish