Rev. Ava Schlesinger
Reverend Ava Schlesinger was ordained by One Spirit in 2012. She is also a licensed clinical social worker in NY and NJ, the mother of two beautiful young adult children and has been married to her loving husband Steve for 28 years; she currently splits her time between NYC and Summit, NJ.
Ava began her professional career as an Art Director in the world of marketing, branding and communications. Before she retired that role, she held the position of Creative Director at Mademoiselle Magazine, a Condé Nast publication.
After completing her MSW at NYU, she practiced privately for over 12 years, specializing in the treatment of complex trauma, gender-based violence and parenting training. In the beginning, as Ava sat across from her therapy clients she realized there was something about the traditional talk therapy model that felt incomplete. It was clear that by focusing on the cognitive and emotional parts of self, attention was not being paid to the physical and soulful aspects of her clients. In an effort to treat those she served more holistically, Ava added to her skill set by training in alternative models of healing, including EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing), mindfulness training and Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy. At the same time as Ava was learning how to be a more nuanced clinician, she also began to engage in her own yoga and mediation practice, which led to the opening of Terra Sky Center for Wellness, a holistic wellness center that she ran for 10 years. All of these endeavors circuitously led Ava to One Spirit, which was a profoundly life changing and spiritually centering experience. When asked, Ava identifies as a Jewish interfaith minister 😉
Most recently Ava was the Clinical Director at the Domestic Abuse & Sex Assault Crisis Center of Warren County; she is also a founding member of the NJ Coalition against Human Trafficking, a past trustee for the Foundation at Overlook Medical Center and a current trustee on the board of Roots & Wings, a non-profit serving young adults aging out of the foster care system.
Ava’s path is deeply directed toward philanthropy, advocacy and grass roots service in the arenas of the non-violence, poverty prevention, economic justice and human and reproductive rights…and of course, spiritual awareness and wholeness.