Hello, and congratulations on your first step in becoming BetterHelped. With blended experience in different therapeutic settings and modalities, including Inpatient, Outpatient and Corrections, 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 I am licensed as a Professional Counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I am certified as a Co-Occurring Counselor by the Pennsylvania Certification Board and specialize in providing counseling to those affected by both mental health and substance use disorders.
I believe that having a strong therapeutic alliance is at the core of successful outcomes. I believe that having a good connection with your counselor is key to putting theory into practice. That being said, my main goal, with any therapeutic encounter I have, is to create a working environment that feels safe, positive and non-judgmental. I employ creative methods in my effort to encourage and allow you to be YOU and to help you feel more comfortable in your own skin. I strive to empower you as an individual and help you bring all your personal strengths out to the forefront. I aim to assist you to strengthen the connection with the inner voice I am confident you have deep down, as I aspire to get you to see your ability to self-heal.
Thank you for considering me as your next counselor and I look forward to being a part in your self-search endeavor.
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Attachment Issues, Body Image, Co-morbidity, Codependency, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Forgiveness, Immigration Issues, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Self-Love, Social Anxiety and Phobia
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Narrative Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy
PA LPC PC009790
I haven't met all the therapists in the world, but I'm still pretty sure Avia is the best one ever. Such a great heart and amazing application of her expertise.
Written on Feb 19, 2022 after therapy with Avia for 1 year and 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem
She the best I would highly recommend her
Written on Jan 10, 2022 after therapy with Avia for 1 year and 7 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes
I’ve been working with Avia for a long time. She’s a great therapist and I couldn’t be more thankful for her help. I believe that her services have helped me progress in ways I didn’t believe therapy could do when we began working together, and still don’t fully understand myself. I’m glad she got me to trust her.
Written on Dec 20, 2021 after therapy with Avia for 3 years and 2 months on issues concerning lgbt, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, and self esteem
Avia has taken the time to really get to understand where I am coming from and help me discover the root of my issues so I can work on healing and growing
Written on Nov 18, 2021 after therapy with Avia for 2 years and 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties
She is compassionate and validating. I don't know where I'd be without her. And she's very flexible with timing and always responds quickly.
Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Avia for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem
Working with her for two years now. I’ve made a lot of progress and she is good at seeing the next steps, changing where needed, and also recalling where I started from to show me progress.
Written on Sep 27, 2021 after therapy with Avia for 1 year and 11 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties