Ava Griffiths

(LCSW)

About Me

In my experience, after an in depth clinical training at NYU for working with children, adolescent and families, coupled with a 3 year post masters certificate in working with children, adolescent and families, I feel confident that I can promote change with your teen. Whether walking them thru ways of enhancing their self esteem, enhancing communication with parents and others, so as to have healthier and more positive relationships and outcomes. I assist them with finding their positive voicem which will allow them to negotiate needs instead of acting out. I help them to see that there is a broad range of emotions outside of anger and sadness. Adolescence as we know, is such a complex time, riddled with oscillating emotions, confusion and self doubt, and in general worry about identify and their future. Couple those personal things with peer pressure, the media and parents expectations, no wonder this time is a whirlwind.

One of the most important things to work thru with your adolescent, is helping them with enhanced decision making skills, improved communication and conflict resolution skills and a healthy dose of reality testing. As we know, our young people tend to be "know it alls", as if we haven't been teeangers ourselves! With that, providing real time psychoeducation is going to be key. Providing information and using technology, to bring the learning together for them. The other thing to consider, is also the notion that we, adults, can learn from the youth of today. Lets get your young person back to optimal functioning, so they can move towards becoming a health young adult!


Specialties

  • Family conflicts
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Career difficulties
  • Depression

I also have experience in Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 18

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LCSW #CSW004521 (Expires: 2020-09-30)


Reviews

Written by J.U. on Oct 08, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 4 months on issues concerning relationship issues, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava is not only proactive but caring and a great support. She takes time to understand her patients' concerns and is flexible in adapting both her routine and schedule to accommodate the changing demands that patients often face in their day to day routines. She is thoughtful and mindful and provides a great sense of both comfort and confidence to those that are fortunate to work with her.

Written by M.A. on Sep 10, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Really friendly, sympathetic and friendly counselor.

Written by R.A. on Aug 19, 2019 after counseling 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 counseling 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 N.O. on Jun 24, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 4 months

Ava is a kind lady. She is supportive. She is wise.

Written by J.A. on Jun 08, 2019 after counseling 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 A.L. on May 13, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 2 weeks

Ava is wonderful and, immediately upon speaking with her, my wife and I felt comfortable and that she would be a great fit for our daughter. She's been incredible as a support and a resource, and we've noticed significant changes in our daughter's attitude in what has really been a very short time. Thank you, Ava!

Written by M.A. on Apr 16, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Ave has been great, she is supportive and un-biased. She has shared multiple links with me so that I can get all the support I may need.

Written by B.R. on Mar 22, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 8 months on issues concerning relationship

She is wonderful!

Written by S.H. on Mar 05, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

She is very warm and friendly right away. She isn't afraid to make assessments and give guidance from the start, rather than simply allowing the patient to talk on and on. Wonderful counselor

Written by R.O. on Feb 25, 2019 after counseling 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 T.O. on Jan 08, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 2 weeks

Highly professional. She understands the world of teens. Impressed with the ways she carried out the session. I can see and feel the positive impact of her works in my son. Thank you, Ava.

Written by V.A. on Jan 04, 2019 after counseling with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ava is a great resource for when I feel down and emotional. I have been mostly texting her for now, but she would always answer to my texts and give me some points for reflection.

Written by K.R. on Nov 13, 2018 after counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 counseling 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 J.U. on Sep 06, 2018 after counseling with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, family, grief, intimacy-related, self esteem, and career

Ava has really helped me to understand what I was dealing with, get a better understanding and how to deal with it in a timely manor. Ava understood my situation right away and was there to support. She has helped me get out of my comfort zone and challenge myself in areas I dismissed or ignored in my life. And the results are positive and effective as I continue to grow in my everyday life.

Written by B.O. on Aug 12, 2018 after counseling 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 K.E. on Aug 11, 2018 after counseling with Ava for 3 weeks on issues concerning relationship

Ava is awesome. She is kind, listens to both my partner and I, and always has wise and insightful thoughts that help improve or relationship. She rocks!

Written by A.M. on Aug 07, 2018 after counseling 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 S.U. on Jul 29, 2018 after counseling with Ava for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship

It felt like Ava understood me from the first contact, as though we had been talking for years. It was so helpful to get clarity on my situation and she pointed me in a direction where I could begin to help myself from day one. The chats are easy and honest. Ava gently challenges me without judgement and makes me feel heard in this world. She is really helping me grow and make sense of things.

Written by A.N. on Jul 26, 2018 after counseling 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!

Written by N.A. on Jul 16, 2018 after counseling with Ava for 4 days

Ava knows how to ask thoughtful questions to both parties and to get the dialogue going. I feel that she is trustworthy and I was ready to open up to her. She is non-judgmental and honest yet also kind. So 5 out of 5 stars from me.