“May your choices reflect your hopes not your fears.” - Nelson Mandela
“The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones.” - Confucius

Psychotherapy, Coaching, Workshops, & Meditation

I have had the good fortune of working with people who are going after what they want in life. With over 25 years of studying human behavior, psychology, and communication, 15 of which include experience as a psychotherapist & coach, I share what I have learned about maintaining emotional well-being, consistent fulfillment, and determination.

Regardless of whether you are following your dreams of being an artist, academic, or entrepreneur, there are times when each of us experience difficulties. Finding support and advisement during challenging times can help maintain momentum and direction. 

Keys to well-being include intention, attention, flexible perspective taking, and maintaining or developing a compassionate disposition towards yourself. As these skills progress, we become more resilient and effective at handling our problems.

Committing to what gives your life meaning, regularly noticing what is going well in your life, and tolerating unpleasant emotions deepen inner strength and self trust. 

My goal is to help you live a life you feel good about. Using proven methods from both psychotherapy and mindfulness, we will work together for you to experience greater satisfaction and improved well-being.

Follow this daily maintenance plan to start now
  • Ask yourself: "What do I need? What helps me?" 
  • Take care of your body through regular movement, rest, relaxation, and good nutrition
  • Practice grounding techniques and paying attention on purpose
  • Connect with others you feel supported by
  • Make friends with the parts of yourself that are critical, cause embarrassment, and keep you stuck in fear. Offer yourself understanding and love.
  • Have fun. It is important, not frivolous and greatly restorative.

If you would like to work with me on building and maintaining a plan for your well-being, please email me at aviva@authenticvida.com

"You can't stop the waves but you can learn to surf." - Jon Kabat Zinn