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PSYCHOTHERAPY + COUNSELLING

 
 

EXECUTIVES + PROFESSIONALS

EMERGING ADULTS + UNIVERSITY STUDENTS

ARTISTS + GIFTED + HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS

LGBTQIA2S INDIVIDUALS + IMMIGRANTS

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Ariel will help you in a compassionate, engaged and insightful manner.

Ariel will help you in a compassionate, engaged and insightful manner.

GUIDANCE + INSIGHT + SUPPORT

When you need help to overcome obstacles to your goals, or fight the “monsters” in your life, I am here to provide support and guidance. When you work with me, you gain an ally that stands by you with clinical acumen, imagination and intuition. I become your advocate, facilitator, guide and advisor.

As your advisor and facilitator, I help you get in touch with your inspiration, your agency and a sense of possibility. I do it with empathy, kindness, and compassion. As your guide, I help you define and accomplish your goals and live according to your values and your soul’s calling.

I will support your journey by offering you guidance based on my extensive experience and top-notch training. I am constantly learning cutting edge techniques and advancing my knowledge. I have more than 20 years helping individuals get better at “being themselves” and find imaginative ways to accomplish it. I am excellent at what I do.

WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS?

When your goals include living a full and inspired life, or blossoming into your fullest potential, I can help you deal with the emotional or psychological obstacles you face. I can help you minimize the distress the obstacles may cause and help you find imaginative ways of removing them. When you are not sure about your goals, I can help you gain clarity and a sense fo direction.

Some things with which I can help you:

  • Become a better version of YOU, unfettered by bad habits or “baggage.”

  • Regain a sense of possibility and creativity so you can re-engage with your goals.

  • Overcome feelings of stagnation, or being stuck, so you can enjoy a sense of positive flow, draw meaning from your life, and get the love you need.

  • Get rid of overwhelming emotions like depression and anxiety, so you can focus on what is important to you, and move on with your life.

  • Free yourself from feelings of isolation and loneliness. Instead, find delight in your connection with the world, your goals, loved ones, and career.

  • Navigate temperamental traits like high sensitivity, and other conditions such as ADHD or chronic mental health.


To read more go to the page: “I HELP WITH…” >>>

PHILOSOPHY

When I help you optimize your life, my practice is inspired by the humanist philosophy of Martin Buber’s “I and Thou”; a philosophy of being fully present in a relationship of mutual respect. I am not here to change you, unless you want to, but to help you find ground to root your ideals and gifts in a life that is meaningful and rewarding.

In our sessions, you will notice I am warm, passionate and engaged. My work is part of my practice of compassion, using my skills to remove suffering, foster imagination, and celebrate the diversity of life. You will experience my approach as the opposite to the therapist that is silent and writes on a pad, aloof and distant, uttering grunts.

My views are obviously heavily influenced by my background and training. I am not judgmental, but neither pretend to be neutral. Since many people come to therapy to get alternative points of view, I am transparent with my opinions. My views are obviously heavily influenced by my background and training.

if you want more information, feel free to make a free appointment to ask any questions you may have.

EQUITY + EQUALITY

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If you are positive about working with someone who is committed to equity and equality for all, look no further. I firmly believe that we need all kinds to make this life work and that we are all connected. I am a staunch supporter of equal rights for all, and especially welcome individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQIIAA+. I provide a positive and safe space in my office.

I work with individuals to strengthen your resilience to the aggression and oppression you experience, but I don’t ex[pect you to be immune to them. I also work to help you heal from the effects of those societal stressors.

This is not just a position that is fashionable to me. My life has been committed to helping others bloom, and advancing human rights and peace. I “walk the walk” and I am in flow. It feels right!

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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

I respectfully acknowledge that I live and work on the Ancestral Traditional Territories of the Ojibway, the Anishnabe and, in particular, the Mississaugas of New Credit, also the Haudenosaunee, the Huron-Wendat, the Métis Nation of Ontario, and Six Nations of the Grand River. I acknowledge them as our community partners and traditional inhabitants of the lands of the City of Toronto and surrounding areas. This territory is covered by the Upper Canada Treaties.

 
 

THE WAY I HELP

In an authentic, courageous and powerful way, I will listen and connect with you so you feel heard and validated. I also use my skills as a facilitator and catalyst, to help you stimulate the change you seek and help you remove encumbrances as you go about it.

I find that I have a knack for understanding how fellow humans experience their lives, and use gentle interventions that liberate your heart and unleash your imagination to create a life of freedom and self-fulfillment. My repertoire includes popular therapies like CBT, DBT, and Mindfulness, as well as psycho-dynamic, somatic and image-based modalities. When talk does not work, I offer image-based modalities that channel your psyche's own ability to heal, integrate and find insight. I apply the best technique I have with imagination, intuition, warmth, and effectiveness.

I also practice bringing into our conversation, when appropriate, my awareness of how your experience of agency and empowerment is affected by your identities, intersectionality and privilege. Many times it can be a wonderful source of relief to understand how systemic issues are affecting you and your life. When it is not a relief, we can help you decrease its effect on you.

Read more on the <<WHAT TO EXPECT>> page.

THERAPY PROCESS

I use my gifts as a therapist, consultant, and creativity coach to help you manage positive change, navigate transitions successfully, and develop the flexibility and imagination necessary to sustain a rewarding, inspired, and peaceful life.

While the details might be specific to your needs, most of my patients follow the following sequence of session types: Meet and Greet (Free and No-Obligation), Intake session (beginning), Weekly Follow-up sessions (middle), and a review session (end).

For more information about the process CLICK HERE>>

 
 

SOME GOALS I HAVE HELPED WITH

CAREER + WORK

  • Manage transitions and career moves.

  • Balance work demands and the rest of your life goals.

  • Learn to be more focused, more productive, calmer and less stressed.

EMOTIONS

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  • Learn strategies for emotion regulation.

  • Free yourself from depression.

  • Overcome anxiety, fear & panic.

  • Deal effectively with past traumatic experiences that keep getting in the way of enjoying your present.

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS

  • Maximize the gifts of strategic thinking, creativity and depth of processing, while minimizing overload and burn-out.

  • Develop life and work strategies that help high sensitivity persons.

  • Get a balanced understanding of this personality trait.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

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  • Increase feelings of love & intimacy.

  • Overcome loneliness and social-life issues.

  • Make you relationships more rewarding.

  • Learn strategies for interpersonal effectiveness.

SOCIOCULTURAL STRESS

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  • Overcome stress from oppression, racism, and micro-aggressions.

  • Navigate cross-cultural adjustment.

  • Deal with immigration stressors and with the cross-generational stress typical of immigrant families.

ADULTING/BECOMING AN ADULT

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  • Find yourself and identify what you want from life.

  • Complete the tasks of “Adulting” successfully.

  • Make your parents & family work better for you.

  • Master your student life + your relationships

  • Re-parent your Self so you can get on with the rest of your life.

MANAGING TRANSITIONS

  • Find meaning in living the way you are “called” to live.

  • Get unstuck from patterns you want to leave behind.

  • Make the best of transitions and make-overs.

  • Embrace the life you want.

OTHER CONDITIONS

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  • Get coaching for your recovery from addiction/s, such as substance use, internet use, gaming, and gambling

  • Manage and understand the impact of chronic mental illness, so you can enjoy a more rewarding life.

  • Understand and help a loved one who has any of the problems listed above.