Accepting new clients for daytime and evening appointments
Teenagers (13 - 18)
Young adults / college students (18 - 24)
Specialties & expertise
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Dr. Terri Bacow is a clinical psychologist on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. She has deep expertise in using skills-based therapies to treat anxiety, depression, and eating disorders. Dr. Bacow is dedicated to empowering each client with the concrete, sustainable coping skills to better manage overwhelming thoughts and emotions. She particularly enjoys working with adolescents and young adults (including college students), as well as providing perinatal and parenting support.
Dr. Bacow is an expert in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for anxiety and mood disorders. Her approach is active, directive, and evidence-based, drawing flexibly from mindfulness practices, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy. Dr. Bacow typically provides shorter-term, goal-oriented care, aiming to equip each client with meaningful strategies that serve them beyond the therapy room and into their daily life.
Dr. Bacow received her BA from Brown University and her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Boston University, where she also trained at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders. Since then, she has worked at hospital and outpatient programs for adults, adolescents, and children, including Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Hallowell Center, an epicenter for ADD treatment. Dr. Bacow welcomes clients who are ready to effect change in their lives to her private practice, accessible by the 79th St. and 81st St. stations.
Anxiety – Generalized anxiety, social anxiety, panic attacks, OCD, and other anxiety disorders
Depression – Sleep and energy disruption, overall mood disturbance, inability to enjoy yourself, and difficulty being motivated, amongst many other symptoms
Self-esteem – Cultivating self-compassion, assertiveness, and confidence; developing ways to reduce suffering, anxiety, social withdrawal, and self-neglect
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – a type of therapy in which negative thought patterns are challenged in order to modify problem behaviors in a short-term, skill-based manner
Parenting – Helping parents with their own issues within the context of supporting children
ADD / ADHD (Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) – Managing ADHD and its effects on decision making, studies, relationships, and work; helping with organizational challenges
Peripartum depression – a type of mood disorder that occurs during pregnancy or after childbirth, which can affect both sexes. Symptoms may include sadness, low energy, anxiety, irritability and changes in sleeping or eating patterns."
Weight management (losing weight) – Healthy approaches to losing weight and promoting positive body image
Eating disorders – Including anorexia, bulimia, binge eating, purging; not wanting to give up the eating disorder; feeling lonely but struggling to eat with friends
Dr. Bacow is not in-network with any insurances.
Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.
Initial session: Free consultation (30min)
Ongoing sessions: $250-$350 (depending on length of time)
Therapist's note: Dr. Bacow can provide you with paperwork for reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network sessions.
Message to clients
"If life were easy, we wouldn't need coping skills. I am a proponent of teaching coping skills and self-compassion, because ups and downs are inevitable and it is useful to have someone guide you through it using strategies that are evidence based."
Treatment approachesAcceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) is a form of cognitive behavioral therapy that uses mindfulness and behavioral activation to help people learn strategies to live life more in the present, more focused on important values and goals, and less focused on painful thoughts, feelings and experiences. (learn more)
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)In cognitive behavioral therapy, you work with a therapist in a structured way, attending a limited number of sessions. Cognitive behavioral therapy helps you become aware of inaccurate or negative thinking, so you can view challenging situations more clearly and respond to them in a more effective way. (learn more)
Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) is a cognitive behavioral treatment that often used to treat disorders such as substance dependence, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), eating disorders, and particularly chronic borderline personality disorder. It teaches skills such as mindfulness, pain tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness, and emotional regulation. (learn more)
Family Based Therapy
Mindfulness PracticesMindfulness practices include but are not limited to developing awareness, attention, and remembering. In mindfulness-informed therapy, clients develop tools to become aware of what is occurring within and around them, so they can begin to untangle from mental preoccupations and difficult emotions. Self-acceptance and compassion are also core elements of mindfulness-informed therapy. (learn more)
Supportive TherapySupportive psychotherapy is used primarily to reinforce a patient’s ability to cope with stressors by giving clients the opportunity to express their feelings and thoughts about the issues. Clinicians help patients learn how to move forward and make decisions or changes that may be necessary to adapt, either to an acute change, such as the loss of a loved one or severe disappointment, or to a chronic situation, such as an ongoing illness. (learn more)
Education and work experience
Private Practice, 2016 - Present
The Hallowell Center, 2012 - Present
Mount Sinai Eating and Weight Disorders Program, 2008 - Present
Long Island Jewish Medical Center, Internship, 2006 - 2007
Boston University, PhD, 2007
Brown University, BA, 2001