Hello, and congratulations on your first step in becoming BetterHelped. With blended experience in different therapeutic settings and modalities, including Inpatient, Outpatient and Correctional Facility, I am confident that I have the tools, experience and knowledge to assist and support you in your endeavor to rise above life challenges. I hold a Master's of Arts in Professional Clinical Counseling and am licensed in the state of Pennsylvania. I have experience working with substance abuse in all forms of counseling, including individual, groups and family. My experience extends to mental health, from the worried well to more acute cases and the severely mentally ill. I specialize in depression and other mood disorders, anxiety and stress related disorders, adjustment issues and trauma and personality disorders. Additionally, I am certified as a Co-Occuring counselor, which allows me to provide counseling to those affected by both substance abuse and compromised mental health.
I believe that establishing a good, solid therapeutic relationship is of utmost importance in our effort to meet the goals on your treatment plan. I believe that having a good connection with your counselor is key in putting theory into practice. For that reason I try to create a working environment that feels safe, positive and non-judgmental, in my effort to encourage you to be YOU and to help you feel comfortable with who you really are. I strive to empower you as an individual and help you bring up all your personal strengths to the forefront. I make all effort to assist you in strengthening the connection with your inner voice that's gone loose, with the goal of prompting you to see your ability to self-heal, moving forward.
Thank you for considering me as your next counselor and I look forward to being a part in your self-search endeavor.
- Stress, Anxiety
- Anger management
I also have experience in LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder
LPC #PC009790 (Expires: 2019-02-28)
She is so sweet and really makes an effort to fully understand what you're going through so she can provide you with the best help there is. Definitely recommend!
She has been amazing so far and extremely helpful. She has given great advice and does not judge at all. She has a true gift!
Ms. James is very professional and adaptable.
Avia is wonderful! I've been going to a traditional therapist for the past few months with little success. She was able to help me in one session. She gives out wonderful worksheets, explains the material, and works with my needs. Avia and BetterHelp are a blessing in my life, thank you!
She’s absolutely lovely. She’s very upfront and honest with you and she very much comes across as someone who, from the very beginning, is on your side and wants you to be your best. I’m quite happy with her so far and look forward to working with her on my recovery :)
Immediate establishment of rapport and understanding of next steps. Comfortable with a dynamic approach to therapy, and 100% honest, intelligent, and believable. Looking forward to all future sessions, and to the results this work will bring.
Avia is a very patient and helpful therapist. Highly recommend!
Literally the best counselor I have ever had. She is so kind and non-judgemental and asks you the best questions to help you think differently about what you are discussing with her. She makes sharing things so easy and she makes you feel welcomed and safe. She is soooo positive, thorough and also very educated because she helps you set goals. Avia James is da best best best! I am so glad I got paired up with her and she is also very reliable. She responds back quickly and is always there when you need her! Thank you for all you do! (: I would recommend her to anyone! She is my favorite counselor that I’ve worked with through online counseling.
Avia is honestly the best counselor I have ever experienced! She is so kind and caring, and just really understands me. I have come miles fro where I once was, and it is all thanks to her :)
Avia is very thoughtful and a positive influence on me as a patient. She is reliable and always available. She gives good suggestions on what I need to improve on and gives me something to work towards. Her help and support has given me more confidence to better reach my goals and improve my mental health.