Avi is a psychotherapist, father of three and lifelong New Yorker practicing in Union Square. He has been working with men, women and couples since 2009 after graduating from the Columbia University School of Social Work. When he was 23, he began working with homeless families in San Francisco and realized how powerful it was to work on behalf of people - hearing their stories, witnessing their resilience and participating in their growth and healing. He became a psychotherapist after experiencing firsthand the power of a strong therapeutic relationship. Over time, he has come to appreciate how fundamental relationships are to the way people make sense of their world and their sense of wellness. He came to realize that only by attending to these relationships - our relationships with each other and our relationships with ourselves - can we truly grow and thrive.
While studying at the Ackerman Institute for the Family, Avi also worked in outpatient mental health clinics in Chelsea and Upper Manhattan. Prior to starting his own practice, Avi helped run one of the first programs in New York City dedicated to working with young adults with severe mental illnesses. While there, he also co-lead a yoga and meditation group and began to incorporate more work with the body and somatic experience as an element of psychotherapy. Avi is trained in AEDP (Accelerated Experiential Dynamic Psychotherapy) and EFT (Emotionally Focused Therapy), two forms of therapy that emphasize the power of emotion, healing & transformation in relationships.