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Areas of Specialty:

As a therapist, I have a particular expertise in treating:

  • Anxiety disorders

  • Mood disorders (depression)

  • Relationship issues and self-esteem

  • College Adjustment (academic stress, roommates & more)​

  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)

  • Eating disorders that are secondary to a primary problem

  • Parent Mental Health (keeping our sanity!)

  • Maternal Mental Health (infertility, pregnancy and postpartum)

I especially enjoy working with clients experiencing life transitions, such as starting college or graduate school or adjusting to becoming a mom or dad. Change is GOOD but is not without stress.  It is important to learn coping strategies for stress, anxiety and mood management to help us get through it!

I work mainly with young adults (18+) and adults, but will occasionally see an older adolescent depending on the issue. 



My background includes a B.A. in Psychology from Brown University (Magna Cum Laude) where I graduated as a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society.  I went onto receive a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Boston University where I trained at the esteemed Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. I completed my postdoctoral fellowship in Mount Sinai’s Department of Psychiatry , and have been on the faculty at the Icahn School Mount Sinai as a Clinical Instructor since 2008.  My past experiences also include working at the Hallowell Center in NYC (an epicenter for the treatment of ADHD, anxiety and mood disorders) ; I served as their Director of Clinical Training from 2012-2021.  I am a member of the New York Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Association (NY-CBT), the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA) and Postpartum Support International (PSI).


In addition to my clinical experience, my strengths include  teaching, supervision and research.  I greatly enjoy supervising psychiatry residents and psychology graduate students learning how to implement CBT and other evidence-based therapies.  I provide weekly clinical supervision for trainees at the NYU Center for Counseling and Community Wellbeing and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.  I am a consultant for the New York Anxiety Treatment Center, where I supervise trainees on a part-time basis.  Additionally, I have served as a clinician for grant-funded treatment studies and I have published several papers in peer-review journals.  I am also a coach for Robin, a community that connects coaches to students and educators interested in learning more about social emotional wellness.

These experiences have afforded me the opportunity to provide special lectures, and I enjoy speaking occasionally at hospitals and clinics about a variety of topics related to psychology.  For example,  I have been interviewed in blogs and podcasts across several different platforms.  I especially enjoy contributing comments about mental health to Women's Health Magazine and Shape Magazine as well as Scary Mommy. You can see my work below and/or follow me on Instagram @drterribacow. I can also be found on Facebook and LinkedIn

I am especially proud of my NEW book for tweens, teens and young adults (and their parents!) titled Goodbye Anxiety: A Guided Journal for Overcoming Worry that is published by Spruce Books, an imprint of Sasquatch Books/a Penguin Random House company.




Hey there! If you’ve found yourself on this page, chances are you’re looking for a psychologist in New York City. Well, you're in the right place. I’m Dr. Terri Bacow, and I'm here to help you navigate the challenges life throws at you. My office is situated on the beautiful Upper West Side of NYC, and I have a soft spot for helping college students, parents dealing with parenting stress, and folks dealing with anxiety and a wide array of emotional hurdles.


So, what’s the big deal about Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)? Well, I've found that CBT isn’t just another buzzword—it's a practical approach that helps us dig into how your thought patterns affect your behavior and feelings. The goal? To equip you with the tools to reshape those thoughts and, by extension, your life. CBT has been a game-changer for many of my clients, whether they're dealing with stress, anxiety, or even more complex issues.


1. Experience Counts: Having practiced therapy in NYC for over 15 years, I get it. The city is a vibrant place but it comes with its unique stressors. I've been around the block and understand the emotional toll city life can have.


2. Let's Talk CBT: I specialize in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT). This means you’re getting an expert approach tailored to your needs. In addition, I offer the following evidence-based therapy approaches:


  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)

  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)

  • Schema Therapy

  • Supportive Therapy

3. Location, Location, Location: My practice is right here on the Upper West Side. So whether you're a busy college student or a Manhattan resident, I'm easy to get to. I also offer telehealth sessions.


4. All About You: When you walk through my door, it's a judgment-free zone. We focus on what you need, and we go at your pace.


The Services You Can Take Advantage Of:

  • In-Person Individual Therapy Sessions

  • Diagnostic Consultations

  • Telehealth Appointments (Because hey, we're all busy!)

  • Customized Therapy for College Students

  • Specialty Focus in Maternal Mental Health

  • Clinical Supervision in Evidence-Based Therapies


To book an appointment or find out more about how I can help you, contact me today. My Upper West Side office is open from Monday to Thursday, and telehealth appointments are available for those who prefer online sessions.

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