About Me

I graduated with a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University, and with a Ph.D in clinical psychology from the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at St. John's University.  I have over 30 years of experience working with different types of individual adults and with couples in all stages of life.  

I have success and expertise working with individuals struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem issues, loss, parenting issues and life transitions.  I have had the privilege to work with people in a variety of settings, helping them marshall their own resources and find their best selves.  

In my work with couples, I work actively, collaboratively, and respectfully to provide an environment in which partners can gain a deeper understanding of what happens between them when difficulties come up. Instead of feeling "stuck" in old destructive patterns, distressed couples learn to communicate their needs and solidify their bond.   I will help you decode the dynamics of your relationship so that you can find lasting solutions to old problems and find the strength to face new challenges as a team.

 I specialize in couples therapy and use the Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) model. EFT is recognized by the American Psychological Association as an empirically validated form of couples therapy.  I have spent years searching for the best method, and I find EFT to be the most effective approach for couples. Using the science of adult love, EFT helps partners who feel distant and alone to transform their relationship to one of deeply satisfying connection.

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A connection is the energy that exists between two people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgement; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.
— Brene Brown
Dr. Michelle Avigan

Dr. Michelle Avigan