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!
- Coping with life changes
Stress, Anxiety , Family conflicts , Parenting issues , Anger management , Self esteem , Abandonment , Avoidant Personality , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Emptiness , Expats , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Midlife Crisis , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Personality Disorders , Postpartum Depression , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
LCSW #CSW004521 (Expires: 2022-09-30)
I love working with Ava. She listens and provides me support. She responds promptly and doesn’t sugar coat things.
She’s a great therapist...very easy to talk to. I definitely feel that speaking with her has been beneficial so far.
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.
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.
Has been very responsive and understanding
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.
Thanks Ava, for your continued support and challenging me to think for myself!
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.
She's a great counsellor
She’s helping me out and I think it’s hard because I feel like I’m still trying to get to know her!
Ava gives a lot of helpful feedback and ideas. I feel calm and clear when conversing with her. I highly recommend.
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.
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.
Very professional and makes you feel at home.
Ava was extremely kind and helpful. I highly recommend!
Ava is very encouraging and she listens to you as if you were a friend of hers:)
Ava is great, she listens to you and is non-judgemental! I highly recommend her, she also gives very insightful tips and reading materials.
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.
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.
Ava is really nice and non-judgmental. She really listens and gives her input from a caring and objective perspective.
Ava is sweet and extremely insightful!
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!
She is so wonderful and I cannot imagine going through the year without her.
Only had one session so far but liked the result!
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
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.
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!
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 :)
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!
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.
Ava is a nice person. She knows a lot, but she is wise enough and patient enough to let me figure it out.
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.
Ava is great, she gives you great advice and ideas.
Ava's lovely, very down to earth and honest. Wish I could speak to her more!
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.
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.
I appreciate Ava for always be there whenever I feel like falling apart.
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!
Ava is has a positive compassionate attitude. She is a good listener and understands the root of the problems fairly easily. Highly recommended.
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.
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.
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.
Ava is amazing, understanding and nonjudgmental. Everything you’d want in a therapist.
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.
Ms. Griffiths was of great help. I felt stuck and now I feel I have options.
She is extremely easy to talk to and accepting and encouraging.
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!
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!