Lia Love Avellino, LMSW

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.

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Lia Love Avellino, LMSW
Licensed 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



  • -    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.


Lia has experience as a 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. As a therapist who believes in the radical power of re-scripting the individual’s life narrative through an empowerment lens, she has developed and implemented memoir writing groups for immigrants and LGBTQ youth.

Lia has published manuscripts in professional journals, most recently in the American Journal of Sexuality, and received awards for innovative research and excellence in the provision of therapeutic care to vulnerable populations. Cited in Glamour magazine as a dating expert, Lia has created a blog for Millennials, sharing personal and professional insights on sex, sexuality, and healthy relationships.



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.



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