Justena Kavanagh

Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW-R

Contact Info

212-777-NYCC (6922)


  • Clinical Social Work/Therapist
    New York


NYC Counseling
220 Fifth Avenue, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001
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Telephone: 212-777-NYCC (6922)

Miami Office
Miami Beach, FL 33139-2452
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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 has been a Professor of Psychology at NYU’s graduate school and at Saint Louis University in Madrid, Spain, where she also had a private practice. Before becoming a therapist, she consulted for Fortune 100 companies and was a journalist for ABC News.

       A native New Yorker, Justena has lived, worked and studied throughout the United States and in a number of European countries. She speaks French, German, and Spanish, and loves surfing, kitesurfing and skiing as well as gentle yoga and meditation.

       With over 20 years of clinical experience, Justena is constantly honing her craft through training and a variety of experiential modalities. Realizing that the external markers of success which our society and culture worship often do not translate to inner contentment, she helps people find and pursue their unique desires and dreams.

She founded NYC Counseling to assemble an exceptional group and has been on the Executive Board of the Women's Mental Health Consortium for several years. She sees people from all walks of life including high-level executives, entrepreneurs, professionals, and artists.

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



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

Treatment Orientation

  • Eclectic
  • Integrative
  • Psychodynamic
  • Relational
  • Somatic

Age Groups

  • Adults
  • Elders (65+)
  • Young Adults (20's & 30's)

Alternative Language

  • French
  • German
  • Spanish