Ava specializes in treating anxiety, depression, and trauma related issues for women, as well as stress and its impact on the immune system. Building on over twenty-five years in mental health, she has helped women across the globe successfully understand how the many currents of their lives affect their emotional health. Ava has extensive training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Attachment Theory and Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT). In addition to being kind, insightful and compassionate, Ava equips her clients with tools to bolster their sense of agency, confidence, and control. Her capacity to believe in people after they’ve given up on themselves bears life transforming fruit. Her holistic approach means she looks at the whole person, not just their mental health needs, but also their physical, emotional, social, and spiritual wellbeing. Ava is now accepting adult and older adult clients and offers both in person and Telehealth therapy.
Education & Experience
Ava has a Master of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Fuller Seminary's Graduate School of Psychology, and a Doctor of Leadership degree from Evangel University. Ava’s doctoral work focused on the psychological and characterological competencies that ensure long-term sustained impact for female leaders in the 21st century. Her capable and compassionate care has taken her to various cultural environments, providing diverse perspectives, where she values cultural competence.
In addition to her thriving psychology practice, Ava serves as Professor in the grad counseling dept. at Tyndale University, where she trains emerging therapists. She is also a member of The California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT), a member of the American Association of Marriage & Family Therapy, and is a registered Marriage & Family Therapist with the California Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS.) She is the Board Chair for Adult & Teen Challenge USA & Canada. She is also a Certified Life Mastery Coach.