Aviva Cahn is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been practicing in the Chicago area for over 25 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 court-involved families of divorce and child custody disputes.  Long term involvement with the family legal system holds its own emotional consequences,
and Aviva provides consultation, treatment, and support to those who find themselves embroiled in an ongoing dispute.

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 married or not, male or female, must co-parent, choose to stay in the relationship or leave.

Aviva has experience with the following:

  • Divorce-related concerns (contemplation, recovery, co-parenting)
  • Relationships with high conflict spouses, ex-spouses, and family members
  • Employment-related matters (work relationships, bullying, sexual harassment)
  • Domestic violence
  • Depression
  • Grief and Loss
  • Family of origin issues
  • Psychoeducational workshops on Divorce/Narcissistic Abuse

Aviva is a provider for Medicare, Cigna PPO, Humana PPO, United Behavioral Heath/Optum, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois PPO.

Personal Statement
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 contributions 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 “get it.”