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Aviva Rizel is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice in Cedarhurst, NY. She specializes in couples therapy using Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a scientifically sound model that has transformed relationships around the world at rapid pace. To find out more about EFT, check out iceeft.com. To reach Aviva, call 347-292-8482 or email AvivaRizel.mft@gmail.com.

Ask Aviva: Cruisin’ to Work

July 23, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am so lonely and down. Most of my friends are using this summer for leisure. They are traveling or staying in a vacation home, or taking a cruise (or two!) or taking cool road trips. I am not at all in their league and can’t afford any of that stuff. I am

Ask Aviva: Still Slim

July 10, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, Practically everyone in my life is pregnant except for me. I have been married for five years and have been trying to have a baby for four and a half. I have friends pregnant with their second and one just gave birth to her third! While I am happy for them, I feel

Tragedy in Israel

July 1, 2014, by

Dear Readers, It is with deep sadness and shock that I learned of the dreadful fate of our brothers, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Frenkel and Eyal Yifrach. I do not feel it is appropriate to give advice as I normally do in lieu of this heavy news. Instead, I am devoting my column to helping us

Ask Aviva: Modest and Melting

June 25, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, Summer is a real struggle for me. I hate the heat, and I can’t stand putting on all of my layers when I just want to be in a short sleeve shirt and shorts. This morning, when I was getting dressed and searching for a clean shell, my cleaning lady asked me why

Ask Aviva: Seasonally Scared

June 18, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, School ends this week and camp doesn’t start up for nearly two weeks! I am going to be with all four of my kids, who are all different ages and personalities and I am starting to get really scared. I had saved up over the past few months to take them to different

Ask Aviva: Click ‘N Pay

June 11, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am finally starting to realize that I have a big problem. I seem to be a compulsive spender. I used to stop by a store on my way home from work just to pick up a little something. After a while, I noticed that my financial situation was becoming grave. I, to

Ask Aviva: Flustered Femme

June 3, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, Even though I mind my business, there is a married man in my neighborhood who makes inappropriate comments to me. The first time this happened I immediately told my husband because I don’t want to keep any secrets, even if there is nothing actually going on. He laughed and said, “Oh, that’s just

Ask Aviva: Nay to Neighbor

May 28, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I need some guidance about an annoying neighbor—and it’s not what one might think. This neighbor is all of 4 years old and cute as a button, but is constantly ringing my doorbell to see if my 5-year-old wants to play. She is always outside unsupervised, riding her bike in the street (and

Ask Aviva: Desperately Desiring Vacation

May 20, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, My husband and I have been yearning for a break from our everyday lives for a while now. We just feel like escaping for a couple of days to get away from the daily stressors—jobs, kids, etc. We feel that it will really help our marriage and refresh us to better help with

Ask Aviva: Against Anger

May 13, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I read your response to Huffy Hubby, the newly-married husband whose wife was causing him to get angry. I am sorry but I must disagree with your advice: a. Chazal tell us that ‘Kol Hacoese Killoo oived Avodo zoro’ – ‘Anyone that loses his temper is like he served an idol.’ There is