Aviella Snitman, Ph.D.


I am a pre-licensed therapist, currently supervised by Dr. Krystal Stanley, Ph.D.  I am a graduate of Howard University’s doctoral program in Counseling Psychology, and am licensed as a Psychology Associate in Washington, D.C.  Prior to moving to D.C., I completed a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology (Mental Health Track) from Boston College in 2007.  Since then, I have been working under the supervision of licensed mental health professionals, with experience helping adults, emerging adults, and children with a variety of mental health concerns and backgrounds, both individually and in groups.

My approach to therapy is integrative, drawing from psychodynamic, cognitive-behavioral, and mindfulness frameworks, depending on my clients’ needs.  Through the lens of cultural humility, I also seek to understand the complexities and nuances of my clients’ experiences with nonjudgmental curiosity, empathy, and warmth.  I generally find it helpful to explore patterns of functioning and communication, both within and beyond conscious awareness, in order to empower my clients to make adaptive changes in their lives.  I believe providing positive coping skills to address immediate emotional distress is important, while providing insight-oriented interventions will help lay the groundwork for long-term growth and resilience.  Ultimately, my role is to ensure my clients feel heard and understood, which, in turn, will help them to realize their own strengths.

Location: Thomas Circle Office Suite 520

My specialty areas include:
• Depression and Mood Disorders
• Adjustment Issues
• Anxiety Disorders and Stress Management
• Identity Development
• Infertility and Pregnancy Loss
• Interpersonal Relationship Concerns
• Substance Abuse
• Family of Origin Concerns
• LGBTQ+ Concerns
• Trauma and Abuse Histories
• Career Counseling