Avia James

(LPC, NCC, CAADC)

About Me

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.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Anger management
  • Depression
Also experienced 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 , Attachment Issues , Read more...

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

Years of Experience: 7

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Languages

English

Hebrew


Licensing

LPC #PC009790 (Expires: 2021-02-01)


Reviews

Written by J.O. on Jun 22, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and self esteem

Avia is absolutely amazing. She is patient, kind, understanding, and is really great at meeting me where I am and allowing me to set the pace. She listens attentively and asks questions to make sure she understands, as well as to help me figure things out. She responds to messages with impressive speed and regularity, and always addresses everything I've talked about, no matter how much that may be. She is never judgemental in any way and she helps me to work toward be less critical of myself by providing a more balanced perspective to consider.

I am so thankful to be able to work with Avia and I would (and have done so) recommend her in a heartbeat. I so greatly appreciate all that she's done and continues to do in guiding me through my mental health journey.

Written by S.A. on Jun 16, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career difficulties

She is the best. She always makes me feel comfortable and understood. She is readily available whenever I need her and I have complete confidence in her as my counselor. She has helped me in so many ways.

Written by T.O. on Jun 15, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 8 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, and self esteem

Avia was the absolute best choice for me to be paired with. She understands me completely. I feel very comfortable when talking with her.

Written by L.I. on Jun 01, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, and coping with life changes

I love her. I had a bad experience with therapist before but thought to give it a try again. I’m glad I did now I’m on the right path now :) so happy I was match with her she listen to me and get back to me :)

Written by E.R. on Apr 19, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I honestly don't even know where to begin with this review. There are so many great things to say about Avia, I don't know where to start! She is the first therapist that has actually listened to me. Not only what I am saying, but how I am saying it. She is excellent at replying outside of sessions and is very straightforward but in the most comforting way. I'm honestly not sure how she does it. I am beyond happy that I get to work with her and I look forward to changing my behaviors with her help.

Written by R.Y. on Apr 02, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Avia is very supportive, very available, an excellent listener, and very involved in trying to help me figure out what my problems are and how to resolve them.

Written by J.E. on Mar 09, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 8 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Amazing!!

Written by C.O. on Jan 15, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 6 months on issues concerning depression, and stress, anxiety

Good listener, tells you what you need to hear not just want you’d like to hear. Helps resolve issues currently and better prepare for future situations. Also helps to reframe situations so they are easier to manage and understand.

Written by K.A. on Jan 11, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, parenting issues, and self esteem

Avia James is a wonderful counselor and I highly recommend her. She holds space and empowers me to look within myself and make the best decisions for myself. She’s extremely professional and kind, and I always look forward to our time together discussing how I can improve my relationship with myself and people around me.

Written by A.N. on Jan 06, 2020 after counseling with Avia for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

I feel so grateful for being paired up with Avia as my therapist. She has really helped me change my way of thinking and has helped me build confidence and motivation to tackle goals and set myself up for success. She never makes my issues feel trivial and is so patient and understanding. Since starting working Avia, I feel so much better equipped to face challenges and overcome them. I would recommend her to anyone. Thank you Avia!!

Written by J.E. on Dec 27, 2019 after counseling with Avia for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and career difficulties

Working with her for a few months has done a lot to help me gain better perspective and build positive habits and thinking. It’s been so helpful to have someone eager to listen to me and take in my words then unravel them and help sort out hard experiences and frustrations. We’ve also had sessions of reflection to see progress and have a sense of personal accomplishment.

Written by R.Y. on Nov 18, 2019 after counseling with Avia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

I am absolutely blown away by Avia's expertise and helpfulness. I've been in therapy for over ten years and FINALLY feel like I've found someone who listens, cares, and truly wants to help. I'm so thankful to Avia and BetterHelp! I definitely plan to stick around for a while!

Written by C.H. on Nov 05, 2019 after counseling with Avia for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

I was already recommending BetterHelp to others after just one session.

Written by A.N. on Jul 15, 2019 after counseling with Avia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

A very very friendly, understanding and helpful woman. Thank you!

Written by A.S. on Nov 12, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 4 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and bipolar disorder

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!

Written by A.L. on Nov 06, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, and career difficulties

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!

Written by A.N. on Oct 29, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

Ms. James is very professional and adaptable.

Written by A.M. on Oct 25, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, and self esteem

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!

Written by K.A. on Oct 25, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, lgbt, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

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 :)

Written by K.E. on Oct 18, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 days on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

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.

Written by R.O. on Oct 09, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and sleeping disorders

Avia is a very patient and helpful therapist. Highly recommend!

Written by L.I. on Sep 27, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, self esteem, and career difficulties

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.

Written by S.A. on Aug 23, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and grief

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 :)

Written by V.A. on Aug 05, 2018 after counseling with Avia for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar

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.