Ava Griffiths

(LCSW)
Therapist Ava Griffiths Photo

About Me

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, and have been in the field since obtaining my Masters degree from New York University, in 2001. I have worked primarily with children and adolescents and Adults, living with mental health and or other social stressors. I have also received a 3 year Post masters certificate in Clinical implications when working with Children Adolescents and families. In my experience, I have also worked with ones who deal with depression, anxiety, self esteem, borderline personality disorder, Bipolar Disorder, Relationship issues, parenting issues and overall enhancing ones self perception.

My general stance is that everyone wants to be heard, loved, accepted and not judged for their thoughts and feelings. In therapy, that is my primary goal, by providing the safe and judgement free space, to share and explore those underlying thoughts and feelings, that cause unrest or angst within ones soul. I look beyond what is presented at the surface, and might explore environment, spiritual, and relationships. I am also a Certified Holistic Doula, with ability for full spectrum service, however, current focus is on PostPartum care; I am a moon worshiper, and crystal lover who uses crystal as part of my healing practice and in general, understand the metaphysical elements which make us human, and our connection to the universe. Catch me on any given day, by a river, giving offerings to Gaia, walking barefooted in the grass and out in the moonlight with crystals, chanting with gratitude. Weird, right? But it works for me to keep me grounded. Let explore what works for you, to bring you back to self and equilibrium, that the universe intended.

I look forward to being a part of that journey, and seeing you thru the process towards your end goal. I am honest, direct, yet mindful of where you are in your process. If you seek a neutral voice, then I am here, however, if you seek to be told, only what you want to hear, we might not be a good fit. Let's get this work started!


Specialties

  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
Anger management , Abandonment , Avoidant Personality , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Emptiness , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 20

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LCSW #CSW004521 (Expires: 2022-09-30)


Reviews

Written by D.A. on Aug 08, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Ava has been great to work with. She's very patient and understanding and meets me where I am, giving excellent guidance. She's wonderful about letting me communicate in the ways I'm most comfortable with (written messages) while knowing when a real conversation is needed. I've made a lot of progress over the year in understanding my needs to keep myself more mentally healthy thanks to her.

Written by M.I. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks

I had 3 sessions with Ava. She helped me a lot getting to the bottom of things. She listened and asked the right questions, opened my mind. I truly thank her for that. I would clearly recommend her.

Written by K.A. on Jun 08, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Ava is supportive, positive and encouraging. She understands what I am going through and I really appreciate the help and understanding she has given me.

Written by A.J. on May 17, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 5 months on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, career difficulties, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I love working with Ava. She listens and provides me support. She responds promptly and doesn’t sugar coat things.

Written by B.R. on May 09, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

She’s a great therapist...very easy to talk to. I definitely feel that speaking with her has been beneficial so far.

Written by D.A. on May 07, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 1 year on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Ava has had a huge impact on my life. I've made great strides since working with her and her guidance and knowledge has been extremely helpful in my growth and healing. She was able to relate to my personal experience and comfort me when I felt alone. I also really appreciated her use of astrology, energy, and alternative views.

Written by J.E. on May 05, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and bipolar disorder

Ms. Griffiths is truly a dope soul. She has been vital in helping me grow for the better. I feel like she really understands me and somehow helps me understand myself much better. I give thanks for her work.

Written by A.N. on May 05, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Has been very responsive and understanding

Written by R.. on May 03, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, and self esteem

I have only had 2 sessions with Ava so far but I already feel that it has been helping me a lot with my anxiety. I find it very difficult to discuss my feelings but she asks enough questions to help me get to the bottom of my thoughts. She has been very kind and respectful and has given me some great advice in managing my thoughts.

Written by S.U. on Apr 30, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 years and 9 months on issues concerning relationship issues

Thanks Ava, for your continued support and challenging me to think for myself!

Written by R.O. on Apr 22, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, parenting issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

I’ve had the opportunity to have two sessions with Ava. I felt an immediate connection with her. Seeking help and finding the right therapist is not easy. I know there are many, many to choose from. I encourage everyone who reads this review to have one session with Ava and experience for yourself. She is a rare find in the field of mental health experts.

Written by A.N. on Apr 06, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and sleeping disorders

She's a great counsellor

Written by N.I. on Mar 08, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, career difficulties, and adhd

She’s helping me out and I think it’s hard because I feel like I’m still trying to get to know her!

Written by J.A. on Mar 03, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and bipolar disorder

Ava gives a lot of helpful feedback and ideas. I feel calm and clear when conversing with her. I highly recommend.

Written by D.E. on Feb 18, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and compassion fatigue

Ava has incredible insight. I feel like she truly listens. Also, her sense of humor makes me feel relaxed and comfortable. Ava has already helped me immensely. She even sent over worksheets for me and my fiance.

Written by A.N. on Feb 16, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and coping with life changes

Ava has been a guiding light for me. She listens to me and helps point me in the right direction (always gently!). I'm very grateful to her.

Written by K.E. on Feb 05, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, and coaching

Very professional and makes you feel at home.

Written by M.E. on Feb 01, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Ava was extremely kind and helpful. I highly recommend!

Written by J.A. on Jan 31, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Ava is very encouraging and she listens to you as if you were a friend of hers:)

Written by S.H. on Jan 21, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, anger management, and coping with life changes

Ava is great, she listens to you and is non-judgemental! I highly recommend her, she also gives very insightful tips and reading materials.

Written by S.A. on Jan 10, 2021 after therapy with Ava for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Very grateful to have a voice of reason who doesn't know me and able to impart knowledge, wisdom, and helpful tools as coping mechanisms.

Written by J.U. on Dec 30, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I have been working with Ava for the past 3 weeks and so far, I like our dynamic. She is very welcoming and attentive. She also gives homework, which I think is beneficial to therapy. I strongly recommend her and I can’t wait to continue working with her in the future.

Written by I.K. on Dec 07, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 2 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and adhd

Ava is really nice and non-judgmental. She really listens and gives her input from a caring and objective perspective.

Written by K.A. on Dec 04, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Ava is sweet and extremely insightful!

Written by N.A. on Nov 05, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 6 months on issues concerning depression, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, coping with life changes, and compassion fatigue

Ava is truly amazing, she is really insightful and knowledgable, and I feel I have grown so much thanks to her support and guidance. I feel that she genuinely cares and understands. She has always gone the extra mile to support me through a range of issues and she has challenged me to see different perspectives which have helped me overcome issues I've been struggling with. I feel so much more empowered now. She has touched my life in such a positive way, I am so glad to have met her. Thank you for everything!

Written by C.O. on Nov 05, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and coping with life changes

She is so wonderful and I cannot imagine going through the year without her.

Written by M.I. on Oct 06, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and anger management

Only had one session so far but liked the result!

Written by J.O. on Oct 05, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Ava is a great listener but also is knowledgeable about lots of things outside of just the therapy. I look forward to interacting more as time goes on

Written by V.A. on Sep 26, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava is always supporting and caring and makes me feel listened and understood. I work with her for 2 years now and she's been a huge help in multiple occasions.

Written by J.U. on Jun 18, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 1 year on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava is beyond the best counsellor in years - professional yet personal, strong yet compassionate. Conversations are natural and feel more like you're talking with a friend you've known for years who is willing to give you 'tough love' and is your advocate for change. She is simply the best!

Written by J.U. on Jun 17, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 1 year and 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ava, really listens and responds with valid information. She helps me feel better about my situations and how to cope. It’s been 2 years since I’ve spoke to her and I specifically requested to have her back due to the bond and positive feedback I receive from her. Ava’s amazing :)

Written by C.H. on Jun 03, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava really takes her time to access what is going on to provide the best solution and allows you to think of different ways to handle situations! I am so grateful that I am matched with her! Thanks for all you have done so far in my journey!

Written by A.D. on May 14, 2020 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks

Ava is extremely friendly and helpful and is a joy to talk with. She has helped me overcome a good few issues that I’m facing and I look forward to our sessions together.

Written by N.O. on Dec 31, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 10 months

Ava is a nice person. She knows a lot, but she is wise enough and patient enough to let me figure it out.

Written by N.U. on Nov 05, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 4 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts, and parenting issues

My experience with Ms. Griffiths has been great. I do feel like she gets me and her feedback is always spot on. My anxiety has gone down significantly since I started working with her. She's amazing.

Written by R.U. on Nov 05, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning sleeping disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ava is great, she gives you great advice and ideas.

Written by E.M. on Oct 25, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Ava's lovely, very down to earth and honest. Wish I could speak to her more!

Written by T.I. on Oct 23, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Ms. Griffiths has helped me so much in a short amount of time. Having a kind & wise sounding board to be able to bounce my thoughts, feelings, and fears off of really helped me through some big things in my life. From the first call I could tell that she was the real deal and I'm so glad we clicked for a therapeutic relationship.

Written by R.A. on Aug 19, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava was a great help to me. She supported me through a transition period in my life and also helped me work through some issues that I have been facing with a parent. She is very frank but also listens and reads with a keen and empathetic ear. I appreciated having a counselor of similar racial and ethnic background to me as she had insight into the particulars of my family dynamics and past experiences. I am happy with my experience with her.

Written by S.Y. on Jul 22, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and adhd

I appreciate Ava for always be there whenever I feel like falling apart.

Written by J.A. on Jun 08, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava is not only a great counselor but a great person. She really helped me figure out a lot of things when I needed it the most. She is a great listener and always checks in to see how I am doing even on weekends! I honestly can't thank her enough for all the support and help she has given me!

Written by R.O. on Feb 25, 2019 after therapy with Ava for 5 months

Ava is has a positive compassionate attitude. She is a good listener and understands the root of the problems fairly easily. Highly recommended.

Written by K.R. on Nov 13, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 3 months

Ava is an awesome counselor, she makes you feel like more of a friend than a client. She's so easy to talk to, I would recommend Ava to anyone who is thinking about trying counseling, great experience.

Written by W.I. on Nov 01, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 1 week on issues concerning depression, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, and anger management

Ava is literally the best thing to ever happen to me. She has help me navigate what I thought were impossible obstacle with my marriage and life in general. If you are looking for a straight talking woman to help you sort “life” out Ava is the one. Cannot speak highly enough of her.

Written by L.I. on Oct 15, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ava is very insightful. After only a few exchanges and one conversation she was able to help me identify some of the issues I was having and suggest some strategies to help deal with them.

Written by M.A. on Oct 09, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ava is amazing, understanding and nonjudgmental. Everything you’d want in a therapist.

Written by S.A. on Oct 07, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ava is absolutely amazing to deal with. She listens and gives our advice when needed. She responds so quickly especially with the time difference for me as I live in a different country. She is always willing to have calls to see how you are going and sends messages to check up on you. It has been nothing but a pleasure having Ava as my counselor.

Written by S.A. on Sep 24, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 1 week on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Ms. Griffiths was of great help. I felt stuck and now I feel I have options.

Written by B.O. on Aug 12, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, sleeping, and career

She is extremely easy to talk to and accepting and encouraging.

Written by A.M. on Aug 07, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship, and anger

Ava’s been great so far! She responds quickly, offers perceptive insight for why you may feel the way that you do, and is very supportive. I’d recommend her to anyone!

Written by A.N. on Jul 26, 2018 after therapy with Ava for 6 days on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, grief, and self esteem

She is excellent. Offered me appropriate resources as I needed them and helped me perceive things in a way that I could not have on my own. I've really appreciated being able to speak to her during quite an emotionally charged point in my life. She is honest and respectful, and has worked really well with me! Thank you Ava!