Lia Love Avellino, LCSW
Lia Avellino is a relational therapist who supports people in getting in touch with and expressing their authentic selves so that they experience aliveness in mind, body and soul.
Lia Love Avellino, LCSW
Staff Therapist and Licensed Clinical Social Worker
P: (212) 337-3565 Ext. 11
Monday 3PM - 6:30PM
Tuesday 9:30AM - 5PM
Thursday 2PM - 6PM
LGBTQ individuals and their families
"Lia believes in the transformative and healing power of connection, supporting individuals in going deeper into the realities of their lives in order to access the inherent wisdom and richness of their internal worlds."
Lia Love Avellino
With the middle name “Love,” Lia was destined to seek connection. She has done so in a variety of professional capacities, including as a licensed social worker, published sex and relationships author, and a facilitator and community organizer implementing population-based interventions.
With a commitment to social justice, Lia specializes in addressing issues related to gender- and sexuality-based oppression, not limited to: sexual trauma, gender-specific workplace challenges, and LGBTQ identity development. As a relational therapist, Lia emphasizes the healing power of connection while supporting dating individuals, monogamous and polyamorous couples live more freely in themselves and have more fulfilling relationships. She approaches the therapeutic relationship from a strengths-based and person-centered perspective by asking: “what went wrong for you?” rather than “what is wrong with you?”
In addition to practicing as a clinican at R&A, Lia has been on a mission to bring the science and ethos of therapy outside of the clinical setting. To this end, she developed a support circle model, culling from research in the social sciences, fiction and fable, and personal and professional lived experiences. Using social justice and experiential learning frameworks, Lia facilitates a group process that gives people the space to develop deeper connections to themselves and others.
Lia is the Director of Head and Heart at The Well, a science-backed ecosystem for wellness in the heart of NYC, and co-founder and CEO of Spoke, a community-based organization that provides group support to help individuals purposefully engage with others, explore ideas, and clarify their lives’ direction. She graduated with distinction from Columbia University and has received awards for innovative research and excellence in the provision of therapeutic care to vulnerable populations, while managing a national component of President Obama’s initiative to reduce teen pregnancy across the nation.
- - LGBTQIAA-related concerns
- - Sexual and Reproductive Health
- - Modern Love
- - Women's Issues
- - Eating Disorders
- - PTSD and Complex Trauma
With a commitment to social justice, Lia specializes in addressing issues related to gender- and sexuality-based oppression, not limited to: sexual trauma, gender-specific workplace challenges, and LGBTQ identity development. She approaches the therapeutic relationship from a strengths-based and person-centered perspective by asking: “what has been wrong for you?” rather than “what is wrong with you?”
Lia managed President Obama's national initiative to reduce teen pregnancy in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and has developed sexual and reproductive health care curriculum and digital products for adolescents, disseminated across the nation.
She has established and implemented women’s support groups at The Wing, a work and community space in NYC for women on the rise, supporting members in navigating the stressors of modern life.
WRITER AND PRODUCER
With a commitment to making research more accessible to the public, Lia writes content on sex and relationships for a variety of publications, including Glamour, BestLife and The American Journal of Sexuality Education. Lia also has experience as an events writer and producer, working with Women in the World, Tina Brown's organization in partnership with The New York Times, traveling to and bringing women activists from around the world to share their stories on the live and digital stages.
Lia Avellino is an Italian-American therapist born and reared in NYC. She graduated with distinction from Columbia University, specializing in Advanced Clinical Social Work Practice. Lia maintains a commitment to social justice in her practice and has experience partnering with adolescents, adults, couples and families in community-based organizations, health centers, and school settings to achieve shared goals of health equity and social inclusion. She is oriented toward experiential and emotion-focused therapies, drawing on individualized, culturally-sensitive, and holistic models of treatment. She has received training in trauma-focused interventions, Emotion-Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, and Time-Limited Dynamic Psychotherapy.
- - Glamour Magazine on Dating
Five Years Later, What Have Dating Apps Really Done for Us?
- - The American Journal of Sexuality Education
A Lesson in Linking Teens to Health Care
- - International Women in the World panel, in partnership with The New York Times
Why black women are more likely to die of pregnancy related complications
- - Journal of Adolescent Health
Improving the implementation of evidence-based clinical practices in adolescent reproductive health care services
- - Journal of Adolescent Health
Using data to improve adolescent access to quality sexual health services: strategies and lessons learned from the CDC/OAH community-wide initiative to prevent teen pregnancy
- - Contraception Journal
Contraception: Leveraging healthcare delivery system leadership to improve adolescent reproductive health outcomes: lessons learned (so far) from the CDC/OAH teen pregnancy prevention initiative
- - College of Arts and Science, New York University
Inquiry: The social complexities of refusing consumption and permanent domestication: tracing agoraphobia from the late 19th century to the late 20th century