Aviva Rizel

Aviva Rizel

Aviva Rizel, MA, is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. Aviva maintains a busy private practice in Cedarhurst, NY where she sees couples, families and individuals. She previously served as the Clinical Director of The Five Towns Marriage Initiative. She is Certified in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFT), the most effective, research-based model for strengthening couples' connections. Aviva is also active in educating therapists and laypeople about EFT. Mrs. Rizel and her husband, Meir Rizel, LMHC, enjoy co-lecturing across the tri-state area together almost as much as they enjoy raising their three children together in Far Rockaway, NY. To reach Aviva, email AvivaRizel.mft@gmail.com or call 347-292-8482 To find out more about Emotionally Focused Therapy, go to iceeft.com.

Ask Aviva: Mezinka Mom

February 26, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am almost embarrassed to write this email, because I know that my “problem” is a real blessing. I feel very selfish to complain about this, but I don’t think anyone would understand it if I said it out loud. My problem is that my daughter is getting married and while I have been davening

Ask Aviva: Summer Bummin’

February 19, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’m having some issues with how to deal with “moving on.” It’s nothing major, but my family spent the past three summers away from home at a program on a college campus. My husband worked on the program and I had the freedom to be a “Camp Mommy” and traipse all around the town—or state—having fun

Ask Aviva: Stay at Home Dad

February 12, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I lost my job last year when my wife was 6 months pregnant with our fourth child. She had been a stay at home mom for all these years, even though she has a medical degree. We decided that the most financially sound thing for us to do is for her to go back to

Ask Aviva: Plumped up

February 4, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’ll just come out with it: I am an overweight person. I haven’t always been overweight, but after a few pregnancies, and the joys and distractions of motherhood, I’ve put on a few extra pounds that I’d rather not have. But, I choose to be happy and not worry about it at the moment where

Ask Aviva: Sour Sibling-in-Law

January 28, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am having an issue with my sibling-in-law. Whenever said in-law comes to visit, she makes herself too comfortable in my home. She opens my fridge, eats whatever she pleases, and uses her own utensils at the dinner table to scrape off the food from the main serving utensil, which I find quite distasteful! This in-law

Ask Aviva: Dialectically Different

January 15, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I’m a 40 year-old, Brooklyn-born convert and have since moved far from New York. B’H everything that has to do with Judaism has come naturally to me. But there is still one thing that keeps me from feeling like everyone else. My issue is that no matter how much I try when I speak I sound

Ask Aviva: Frowning Friend

January 8, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I have a very good friend with whom I hang out a lot. It used to work out really well when our children were still babies. Now that our boys are preschoolers I find that her son has grown to be quite a bully. No actual violence takes place, but he chases my son around

Ask Aviva: Pining for Piercing

December 24, 2014, by

Dear Aviva I am an orthodox married woman who likes to think outside the box, but still within halachic confines of Orthodoxy. My creative and artistic side is yearning to get a nose ring, but my serious and self-conscious side is telling me to stop that nonsense! If it is not halachically wrong (which it

Ask Aviva: Bummed in Burglarville

December 18, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am almost convinced that the woman I hire to clean my house is stealing from me. Nothing major—small things like my Tide pods or tissue boxes. I am not sure if I want to actually find out if it’s true because I wouldn’t know what to do if it is. First, it

Ask Aviva: Dragging to the Doctor

December 11, 2014, by

Dear Aviva, I am a woman in my mid-30s and I take proper care of myself: regular check-ups, flu shot, dentist appointments every 6 months, etc… My husband of 15 years, however, is the exact opposite. I feel like I am fighting a child every time I gently remind him it’s time for a flu