Sara  Lavner

Sara Lavner

Licensed Psychoanalyst, LP

Master of Arts, MA

Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst, NCPsyA

Registered Drama Therapist, RDT

Accepting new clients for daytime appointments in Union Square practice (updated November 18, 2019)

Specialties & Expertise

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Mindfulness
  • Couples counseling
  • Adoption
  • Women, ages 25-38

Professional statement

Sara Lavner is a Licensed Psychoanalyst in downtown New York City who specializes in couples counseling, adoption, drama therapy, relationships, and anxiety. She sees men and women of all ages. One of Sara’s areas of expertise is working with couples. She is especially skilled at helping couples learn how to accept each other’s point of view and respect one another. Another area that she excels in is working with younger women who are looking for a relationship or have social anxiety.

Having been the first drama therapist to become a psychoanalyst in New York City, Sara especially enjoys working with individuals who are interested in exploring their creative side or are curious about who they are. She will integrate drama therapy when appropriate. This is especially useful for clients who are having trouble taking on a new role or becoming comfortable with a certain facet of their identity—whether it be as a parent, manager, partner, etc. Sara helps the client take on that role in a creative way.

Sara’s treatment approach is grounded in Psychoanalytic Therapy, and she helps individuals get to the root of the cause of their anxiety, including exploring experiences that happened in their childhood. However, she also looks at what the client is presently experiencing and how the two may connect.

Sara is thoughtful and incorporates humor into her sessions to make her clients feel more at ease. She wants all of her clients to reach their goals and experience all of the joy life has to offer. Before she was a therapist, Sara was an actress. She looks forward to meeting you near the 14th Street subway station.

Message to clients

I have extensive training and experience and have a creative attitude with all my patients. They seem to quickly feel comfortable and trusting and we often laugh together and also feel free to share all their feelings.


Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Mindfulness - Practices to encourage a state of active, open attention on the present

Couples counseling - Addressing relationship challenges and life transitions; strengthening communication and feelings of security, desire, connection, and love

Adoption - Helping individuals looking to adopt and adoptees themselves

Women, ages 25-38 - Working with women ages 25-38

General expertise


Sara Lavner is not in-network with any insurances.

Read about the benefits of seeing an out-of-network provider here.

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Ongoing sessions: $200 (50min)
  • Sliding scale: $150 - $200
  • Initial session: $200 (50min)

Therapist's note

Sara can provide you with paperwork for your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement.


Remote video therapy sessions offered? Yes

Union Square practice

80 5th Avenue

Suite 1503

New York, NY 10011

  • Mon 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Tue Closed
  • Wed Closed
  • Thu 9:00am-7:00pm
  • Fri Closed
  • Sat Closed
  • Sun Closed

Work and Education

Private Practice for 20 years

Gracie Square Hospital

The Institute For Expressive Analysis, Psychoanalyst Training

New York University, MA in Drama Therapy

Sara also teaches at a university and leads workshops.


  • English

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