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Avena Psychological ServicesGroup practice

Group practice
New JerseyNew York
Adjustment difficulties & disorders- Relationship issues- Anxiety - Depression- Trauma- Life transitions-
AboutSpecialtiesLocationsInsurance & Fees

Practice Information

At Avena Psychological Services, we work with individuals and couples seeking support and guidance as they work toward personal goals and lasting change. We understand that the decision to seek therapy can take a great deal of courage and commitment, and it is our distinct pleasure to be considered as part of your journey toward personal growth. We are committed to providing therapy of the highest quality, and are dedicated to helping you navigate the process every step of the way.

We believe the most important aspect of an effective and satisfying therapy experience is the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. Long gone are the days of the silent therapy room and the blank-faced therapist we are used to seeing in movies and television. Modern approaches to therapy are much more interactive and collaborative, and we find that our easygoing, empathic, and conversational styles invite clients into the sense of hope and possibility that therapy can bring. Through that healing therapeutic relationship, we work with individuals and couples from diverse backgrounds and experiences to learn more about themselves, identify the sources of their emotional struggles, feel more connected in their relationships, and sort through the various challenges life can bring.

Therapy with our clinicians is genuine, culturally-sensitive, and non-judgmental. Our work is primarily rooted in a psychodynamic, insight-oriented, and client-centered perspective, and we are also well-versed in incorporating various cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness-based techniques into our work. At Avena Psychological Services, our approach to psychotherapy is highly individualized, and we strive to provide interventions based on the unique needs of each client. At this time, we are exclusively offering telehealth appointments in order to better maintain a safe environment for our clients, and to promote the convenience of remote services.


What services does your practice offer?

Avena Psychological Services is a full-service psychotherapy practice in New York City. We offer individual, couples, and group therapy sessions. We also offer clinical consultation and supervision services.

What are your practice's specialties?

Avena Psychological Services has a diverse staff who specialize in a variety of areas in adult psychotherapy. Some of our areas of expertise include anxiety, depression, trauma, substance abuse, relationship issues, sleep disturbance, life transitions, LGBTQIA+ experiences, cultural and religious identity, self-esteem, and work-related stress. Several of our clinicians also have experience working with serious mental illness, forensic populations, and employee-assistance referrals.

Why should I choose your practice?

At Avena Psychological Services, our top priority is offering quality therapy services that are individualized to the unique needs of each client or couple. Our practice is comprised of a diverse group of therapists with a variety of specialties and clinical experiences, which allows us to be able to be so individualized in our services and ensure a successful fit between the therapist and the client. Additionally, most of our providers are trained at the doctoral level, and all have gone through rigorous training in order to be able to deliver services of the highest quality.

How does payment work at your practice?

All therapists at Avena Psychological Services now accept insurance! We are in-network with Aetna, Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, and Optum (including Oscar Health and Oxford). We also accept out-of-network benefits and self-pay. Our fees range from $150-275 depending on the service offered, and we can offer reduced rates when feasible.

Head of Practice's Licensure

New York: 022044 - New Jersey: 35SI00687400




Adjustment difficulties & disorders - Support around adapting to new and/or challenging life circumstances; skill-building for improved stress management and reduction of anxiety.

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Depression - Providing support and promoting healing of hopelessness, low motivation and energy, sadness, irritability, sleep disturbance, and loss of interest and pleasure in life

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse

Life transitions - Coping with difficult or impactful life changes, such as moving to a new area, relationship transitions, child rearing, or career changes; learning self-care to better manage resulting stress


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • Aetna Student Health Insurance (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • Columbia University Student Health Insurance Plan (Aetna) (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • Empire Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • FIT Student Health Insurance (Aetna) (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey (in-network in NY, NJ)
  • New School Student Insurance (United Healthcare Student Resources) (in-network in NY)
  • Optum (in-network in NY)
  • Oscar Health (in-network in NY)
  • Oxford Health Plans (in-network in NY)
  • UMR (in-network in NY)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in NY)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan (in-network in NY)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$250 (55min)
  • Sliding scale:$150 - $250
  • Initial session:$250 (55min)
  • Couples sessions:$250 (55min)
  • Group sessions:$60 (90min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
  • Courtesy billing
  • Direct billing
Payment options
  • Cash
  • Check
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
  • Venmo
  • Zelle
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
  • Multiple times a week