Aviva Zahavi-Asa MSW, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker, Individual, Couples and Family Therapist


Each individual, couple and family has its own unique way of looking at the world and its own special way of coping with life’s challenges. When our customary ways of approaching these challenges no longer work for us, therapy can help fuel our creativity and can help us discover new possibilities for how to go about living our lives. These possibilities expand our understanding of our current difficulties; explore how the present is connected to the past; and allow us to tell different stories about ourselves and about the significant people in our lives.

With more than 20 years of clinical experience in both California and Israel, I have been privileged to assist at-risk children and adolescents, adults of all ages, couples and families learn to navigate their lives in new directions. As a certified couples and family therapist, I specialize in helping clients of all ages cope with normative life transitions as well as traumatic or unexpected events which disrupt the usual course of development for individuals, couples and families.


San Francisco State University

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Years in Practice:

Additional Credentials:

Certification as Couple and Family Therapist, The Israel Association for Family Therapy, 2012
License, Clinical Social Worker, State of California, 1989, license not current
Family Therapy Supervision Course, Machon Shiluv, Jerusalem 2015
Certification as Social Work Supervisor, Hebrew University, 2013
Certificate in Counseling and Family Therapy, The Family Institute, Neve Yerushalayim 2008


Average cost per session
250-350 NIS


Discounts Available
Sliding Scale




Can Adolescents Act Abusively?

August 9, 2016

Parents are often reluctant to admit that their teenager is acting in ways which are abusive due to their own feelings of guilt, shame or a sense of failure. In some of these cases, the adolescent was exposed to domestic violence or experienced abuse within the family at an earlier age and then repeats familiar family patterns at a later stage. In other cases, however, no history of abuse exists within the family.

The Connection between ADHD and Anxiety Disorders or Depression

April 20, 2016

Several theories exist to explain the higher incidence of anxiety disorders or depression among individuals with ADHD. One theory presumes that because the same neurobiological systems that control attention also control mood, it is reasonable to assume that the neurological causes of ADHD also cause anxiety disorders or depression. Another theory posits that anxiety disorders or depression are an outcome of living with ADHD, especially if attention difficulties have gone undiagnosed or untreated for many years, often leading to chronic feelings of failure, frustration, disappointment and being overwhelmed.

Adult ADHD

Success for adults with ADHD often stems from identifying and building on their strengths, while not over-focusing on their weaknesses. Discovering one particular talent or specialized area of accomplishment is critical for adults (and children) with ADHD. The earlier in life that individuals with ADHD identify their strengths, the greater the likelihood that they will succeed as adults in their chosen academic or occupational fields of interest.

Last Updated: May 8, 2018


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Abuse, Anxiety / Panic, Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Child Abuse, Codependency, Depression, Domestic Violence, Family Issues, Grief, Learning Disabilities, Marital Counseling, Parenting Issues / Training, Trauma / Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD, Sexual Abuse / Rape, Sexual Issues


Children (ages 0-16), Adolescence (ages 16-21), Adults, Couples, Families, Men, Women, Geriatric
Hebrew, English


Family Systems/Attachment
CPP (Child-Parent Psychotherapy)