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: Can’t Stand the Heat

November 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am a wife and mother who dreads Shabbat. It’s shameful for me to say that, but here’s why: I hate to cook. I hate cooking and preparing and serving. I hate the mess, the clean-up, the putting dishes away, only to do it all over again the next day. And of course

Ask Aviva: Man Up!

October 22, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, Why does my husband turn into a big baby whenever he catches a cold? He totally shuts down and it annoys me to no end. It also bothers me because if I’m sick I don’t get the luxury of resting in bed and being taken care of. It’s not fair! —Woman Who Mans

Ask Aviva: Clingy in College

September 17, 2015, by

I am 19 years old and am worried that I have a problem. My best friend just told me that she doesn’t want to be friends anymore because I am too needy and too draining for her. The problem is, I know she’s right. A guy I was dating for six months broke up with me recently

Ask Aviva: Morning Madness

September 3, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, This is going to sound so silly, but it is a real problem for me: I have a very difficult time getting up in the mornings, let alone getting up early! With the new school year approaching, and having to get my kids “up and out,” I fear the morning routine. In previous school years

Ask Aviva: September Blues

August 24, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are dreading that camp is ending. Our 8-year-old daughter did so well in camp with her friends and was so, so happy. She is a drastically different child than when she is in school. Every year she suffers academically, and even though she is so social and popular in

Ask Aviva: Extreme Vacationing Edition

August 13, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, My wife and I are opposite in a lot of ways and we are still able to have a good relationship. There is one thing that we are opposite in and it really gets in the way of things for us. I am very adventurous and she is very nervous. I love going

Ask Aviva: Hating the Green-Eyed Monster

August 6, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I have a wonderful dear friend who is amazing in all ways except for just one. But that one is a biggie, as it is one of the Ten Commandments! My friend is a coveter. She covets the things in my home, my car, my style—you name it! At times I find it

Ask Aviva: East Vs. West

July 29, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I am concerned about my son. He was set up with a very nice girl from LA at the end of his spring college semester. They went on a few dates and really hit it off, but she flew back home for the summer before things got serious. They have been in touch

Ask Aviva: Dreaming of Nefesh B’Nefesh

July 23, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I think I am in a really impossible situation… I caught the Aliyah bug but my husband is vehemently against it. He says we have our roots here, and we will have too much financial uncertainty. Plus, he says, the kids are too old and I should have thought of it earlier if

Ask Aviva: Roller Coaster of Love

July 14, 2015, by

Dear Aviva, I don’t know what to make of my marriage. It seems bipolar! When it’s good, it’s unbelievably amazing. When it’s bad, it gets ugly and feels like Gehinom. I don’t think this is normal… What should I do? -Roller Coaster Ride Dear Roller Coaster Ride, Oy, this doesn’t sound like a fun ride.

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