Aviva Stavsky-Benor, PhD

Aviva Stavsky-Benor, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow, Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Stavsky-Benor views the therapeutic alliance as a critical agent of change in psychotherapy. Whether working with adolescents, adults, or couples she aims to provide a warm, non-judgmental environment in which her clients can examine the challenges that have emerged in their lives and explore barriers to meaningful change. With sincerity, humor, candor, and compassion, Dr. Stavsky-Benor collaborates with clients to clarify their therapeutic goals, cultivate greater insight into the impact of past experiences on present day functioning, identify and modify maladaptive patterns, and improve quality of life.  She utilizes an integrative approach that combines insight-oriented and goal-directed interventions informed by Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Attachment, Relational, and Psychodynamic modalities.  Her work with couples draws from Gottman Method Couples Therapy and Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy models.  She takes particular interest in understanding all aspects of her clients’ identities through their own lens in order to facilitate increased insight, foster a sense of curiosity, and promote a robust sense of self-efficacy and empowerment.
 
Dr. Stavsky-Benor received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Hofstra University and completed her pre-doctoral internship at the Brooklyn VA Medical Center where she provided individual, couples, and group psychotherapy to veterans and active duty military personnel presenting with a range of concerns, including PTSD, anxiety, depression, and substance abuse. She has also held positions at Bellevue Hospital Center, Northwell Health’s Behavioral Health College Partnership, and Hofstra University’s Anxiety and Depression Clinic and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy Clinic. She has received extensive training in the treatment of anxiety, depression, PTSD, interpersonal difficulties, and adjustment challenges.