Aviva Cahn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the Chicago area for over 20 years. She graduated from Emory University with a BA and received her MA in Social Work from University of Chicago. Aviva has spent the majority of her career working with families of divorce including working as an expert witness conducting child custody evaluations for the Circuit Court of Cook County. She has considerable experience helping individuals and families cope with loss and change brought on by divorce including reunification when there is alienation or estrangement in the parent-child relationship. This usually involves working in a team to recalibrate a challenging family system to effect healing and change, small or large.
Aviva’s expertise working with high conflict personalities within the legal system generated her interest in Narcissistic Personality Disorder and a specialization in treating the effects of Narcissistic Abuse, working with the victim whether they are women or men, must co-parent or choose to stay in the relationship, or leave.
Aviva has experience with the following:
- Divorce-related concerns (contemplation, recovery, co-parent work)
- Relationships with high conflict spouses, ex-spouses, and family members
- Employment-related matters (work relationships, sexual harassment)
- Domestic violence
- Grief and Loss
- Family of origin issues
Aviva is a provider for Cigna, Humana, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO.
Life doesn’t always turn out the way we thought it would, whether it’s an unexpected life event or a significant person who disappoints us. We can be left feeling confused, frustrated, betrayed, or even traumatized, and the effects on our life are multidimensional and can be disruptive to our lives. I use a warm and collaborative approach to help clients sort out conflicting feelings, work through grief and sadness, understand their own patterns, contributions, and boundaries, and move forward in a way that is also informed by compassion for themselves.
Based on both personal and professional experience with Narcissistic Abuse, I bring a level of depth and authenticity in treating those affected by such relationships, and my clients tend to feel that I understand this unique and challenging issue.