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Certified Eating Disorder Specialist and Trained Dialectical Behavioral Therapist

 Alicia Ayvas, MSSW, LCSW, CEDS-S   

Nantucket, MA

a Bluff in MA

Antigua

St. Johns

Bronx, NY

Central Park, NY

Specialties, Services, and Groups

Alicia's Therapeutic Specialties:

Eating Disorders

Depression / Anxiety

Loss and Grief

Adolescent Issues

Trauma

Self Harm

Stress Management

Individual Therapy:

Individual therapy is a place where you can focus on yourself and the problems that keep you from feeling at peace with your life. My approach is primarily cognitive-behavioral, interpersonal, and a focus on DBT skills. I believe that a strong client-therapist relationship is essential to creating a space where you can feel confident challenging thoughts and beliefs that keep you stuck. I emphasize the development of skills such as mindfulness, distress tolerance, and emotion regulation. I received training in DBT, a powerful intervention for eating disorder treatment. DBT is beneficial for anxiety, trauma, self harm, stress management, and other emotional struggles. Ultimately, therapy is individualized to meet your specific needs, and geared toward helping you to achieve your desired outcome in a safe and confidential environment.

Weekly Support Groups run by

Alicia Ayvas, LCSW, CEDS-S and/or

Katie Sharpe, LCSW:

(Please scroll down for current groups)

Please reach out via email or phone if you are interested in starting / joining a group

Currently Enrolling Members for Adult and Adolescent DBT groups

12 week DBT Skills Group (16-21 years)

I have been trained in DBT in 2009 and I am currently taking names to enroll for a 12 weeks DBT skills group. The group is energetic, educational, and targets all 4 modules in DBT and will leave clients with a comprehensive binder of all of the skills learned throughout the group.

Issues: Eating Disorders / Trauma / Self Harm / Depression /Anxiety / OCD

Gender: All

Age: Younger Adolescents 16-21

Where: Virtually

When: Thursday's at 3:30pm - 5:00pm

(This group opens up for new members at the start of each module)

Cost: $80 per group

12-Week DBT Skills Group (ages 22+)

I have been trained in DBT in 2009 and I am currently taking names to enroll for a 12 weeks DBT skills group. The group is energetic, educational, and targets all 4 modules in DBT and will leave clients with a comprehensive binder of all of the skills learned throughout the group.

Issues: Eating Disorders / Trauma / Self Harm / Depression /Anxiety / OCD

Gender: Female and Males

Age: Adults ages 22+

Where: Virtually

When: Thursday's, starting January 28th, 2018 at 5:00pm - 6:30pm

(This group opens up for new members at the start of each module)

Cost: $80 per group

8- Week Teen Process/Coping Skills Group

This group is meant to provide a safe space for teens to share and receive feedback while also learning skills amongst peers. The group will focus on topics each week taken from DBT like communication skills, coping skills, managing stress as a teen, along with many other topics decided on as a group. The group is an open group and meets weekly in the Gainesville location.  

Issues: Eating Disorders / Trauma / Self Harm / Depression /Anxiety / OCD

Gender: Female and Males

Age: Adolescents (13-18yrs)

Where: 7150 Heritage Village Plaza, Unit 201

Gainesville, VA 20155

When: Thursday evenings from 6:00pm - 7:00pm

(This is an open group, but all new members are required to meet for an assessment with group leader prior to starting the group to ensure that it is a good fit)

Cost: $60 per group

ZOOM Group For Parents and Supports

This NEW monthly meeting is meant to help bridge the gap in treatment by providing information and coaching to parents and supports. March's topic will focus on DBT and provide an overview of the 12-week DBT skills group offered here at Clarity.

Alicia Ayvas, LCSW, CEDS-S, Clarity's Founder and Executive Director, is excited to offer this new monthly meeting, and hopes to focus on different topics each month for education, coaching and support. 

Issues: Parents & supports who have loved ones in treatment for mental health disorders or illnesses

Topic: 

(Topics will change monthly)

Gender: All

Age: 18+

Where: All meetings will be offered via a Zoom meeting. All participants must register prior to the group to receive an invite for access

When: Tuesday, March 26th at 12-1pm (currently registering participants)

The Zoom group has a fee of $25 per individual and $40 per family.

20 - 30's Young Adult Process Group

This group is meant to provide a safe space for Young Adults to share and receive feedback while also learning skills amongst peers. The group will focus on topics like 'Adulting,' communication skills, coping skills, managing stress as a young adult, along with many other topics decided on as a group. The group is an open group and meets weekly in the Gainesville location. The group will also include skills coaching and use material from both DBT and CBT woven into the hour.

Issues: Transitions/ Eating Disorders / Trauma / Self Harm / Depression /Anxiety / OCD

Gender: Female and Males

Age: Adolescents (20 - 30 year olds)

Where: 7150 Heritage Village Plaza, Unit 201

Gainesville, VA 20155

When: Thursday evenings from 5:00pm - 6:00pm

(This is an open group, but all new members are required to meet for an assessment with group leader prior to starting the group to ensure that it is a good fit)

Cost: $60 per group

Groups below are currently not running, however if you are interested in this group, please email me either through this website or at [email protected]

Anxiety Group (Adolescents)

This group meets every Thursday night to understand anxiety, build skills, and gain insights to foster healing followed by prevention for the future. The group is currently open and all are welcome!

Issues: Anxiety or Fears, Depression, Eating Disorders

Gender: All

Age: Adolescents / Teenagers (14 to 18)

Where: 7150 Heritage Village Plaza, Unit 201

Gainesville, VA 20155

When: TBD (please reach out if you are interested in attending this group)

Recovery Support Group (Adult)

The Recovery Support Group meets every Wednesday night. This group is mean for individuals who are in recovery and who are not actively using substances or behaviors. The Recovery group is a safe place to process thoughts and feelings and to gain education, skills, and preventative tools to apply in real life situations. Each week will focus on a different topic in a safe and confidential environment. The group is currently open and all are welcome!

Issues: Substance Abuse, Addiction Disorders, Eating Disorders, Obesity, and Weight Loss

Gender: All

Age: Adults (18+)

Where: 7150 Heritage Village Plaza, Unit 201

Gainesville, VA 20155

When: TBD

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Please note that I do not accept insurance. I require full payment at the time of service, and will provide you with a billing statement that you can submit to your insurance for reimbursement if out-of-network benefits are a part of your insurance package. Please check with your insurance carrier for specific information about out-of-network mental health benefits

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