Dr. Kavros is Director of the Schema Therapy Institute of the SouthEast. Information about the Center, and its training and certification programs for clinicians may be found here. Information about the International Society for Schema Therapy may be found here.
Dr. Kavros is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York, as well as North Carolina. She is a National Health Register Psychologist, an AASECT Certified Sex Therapist, and an Advanced Schema Trainer and Supervisor in Individual Schema Therapy, and a 2020 candidate for Advanced Couples Therapist in Schema Therapy. She has also completed numerous trainings and workshops in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, and Psychobiological Approach Towards Couples Therapy (Levels I and II).
Dr. Kavros was awarded a PhD in Psychology from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Her dissertation investigated the ways in which aspects of brain functioning influence cognition, memory and behavior. She holds a Masters’ of Science in Clinical Counseling from the California State University East Bay, a Masters in Business Administration from the College of Notre Dame du Namur, and a Masters of Divinity from the General Theological Seminary.
Dr. Kavros completed an APA approved Internship with children, adults and families at Julia Dyckman Andrus Memorial where she was a member of the Ryan White Team. Post- graduate training was obtained in Neuropsychology from Columbia University and in Human Sexuality from New York University School of Medicine Langone Medical Center.
Dr. Kavros has held clinical appointments at Columbia University and New York University. In 1990, as Sr Research Associate in the Department of Neurology at Columbia University, she contributed to the development of the Eleanor and Lou Gehrig MDA/ALS Center, which has achieved international standing. At Columbia, she had the privilege of working with patients and families responding to the demands of chronic progressive illness. In 2011, when she completed her training in human sexuality and the treatment of sexual disorders at New York University Langone Medical Center, Dr. Virginia Sadock and Amy Rosenberg, LCSW, Co-Directors of the Human Sexuality Division, invited her to present the use of Mindfulness to the Trainees, and then to join the staff. In 2015, Dr. Kavros moved to North Carolina to be closer to nature and to develop a practice in the Triangle. In 2016 Dr. Kavros was accepted into the Advanced Schema Certification Program. A long standing practitioner of Schema Therapy, Dr. Kavros is thrilled to have the opportunity to learn more from expert Schema practitioners such as, Wendy T. Behary, LSCW, Joan Farrell, PhD, Ida Shaw, MA, Travis Atkinson, LCSW and Poul Perris, MD.
In the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina, she has the privilege of serving as one of the Ministry Associates at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, Hillsborough. In her office in Hillsborough, Dr. Kavros consults with individuals, couples, and organizations. With the assistance of secure televideo conferencing she works with clients who are living outside of the region.
Dr. Kavros' 30 year career has featured domestic and global management
positions in both the non-profit and profit sector. As an invited speaker, she
has addressed topics such as mindfulness, managing difficult situations and
leveraging strengths in the workplace. She has contributed to book chapters,
reference works such as the Encyclopedia of Psychology & Religion, and published
in peer reviewed journals.
Balancing her time, Dr. Kavros thrives on reading, baking, music, gardening, training and
playing with her therapy dog, Theo, as well as all of the other animals living on Hyacinth
Farm. She is a member of the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties and the
Hillsborough Gardening Club. Walking the beautiful trails of North Carolina with her
husband fills her with peace.
A LinkedIn profile features an abridged resume for your review, a Curriculum Vitae
is available, upon request.
Dr. Kavros is a member of the following professional
associations (please click on the various organizations
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