As a clinical social worker providing psychotherapy services,
I help people navigate the challenges of life's transitions, cope with emotional pain, and facilitate the development of healthy relationships.

I believe that in therapy emotional and behavioral change happens in the context of a collaborative relationship between client and therapist that develops over time, and is based on trust and privacy. I know that the decision to enter treatment for yourself or your child is not always an easy one to make; it involves sharing private thoughts and feelings with someone who is initially a stranger, and it requires a significant investment of time and money.

Change and growth do not happen overnight. Some people are curious about past events that contribute to current discomfort; others, prefer to focus on present challenges and solutions.I find that a combination is often informative and productive. I invite you to be an active participant in the process of change. I will gladly discuss any questions you may have during an initial consultation and in the ongoing process of our working together. Please look through the additional information  provided to learn more about my practice.

— Ravit Avni-Singer, MSW LCSW

Areas of specialty as they affect the individual client and family:

  • parenting and the parent/child/infant relationship
  • post partum depression and infant attachment
  • building healthy bonds in families formed by international adoption
  • loss and bereavement including pregnancy loss, abortion, and stillbirth
  • separation, divorce, and remarriage: helping children and parents cope
  • learning disabilities: parenting and advocacy
  • challenges of adolescence, launching to college and young adulthood
  • empty nest, grown up parent/child relationships
  • treatment of anxiety and depression across the life span

Education and Training:

I received a Masters in Clinical Social Work at NYU in 1988 and worked with children, adolescents, and adults in a number of agency settings; in 1996 I opened my private practice in the New Haven area. I bring an eclectic array of therapeutic theories and techniques into my work with clients; these include CBT, relational theory, object relations theory, attachment theory and family systems theory. My clinical thinking is attuned to the cultural influences that affect individuals and families, and is informed by the integral connection and interaction between mind, body and environment.

Clinical Roles and Services:

  • assessment and consultation
  • individual, adolescent, and adult psychotherapy
  • group psychotherapy
  • clinical supervision for social work students and practicing social work clinicians