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Let me help you energize a joyful, loving and creative life. I have more than 20 years of experience helping people bloom. Let me help reduce your suffering.
Together, we can help you choose from a fuller life menu, overcoming fear or limitations.
I will listen and connect with you in an authentic, courageous and powerful way so you feel heard. I will work together with you to help you cultivate your unique gifts to find a state of positive flow.
Together, we will help improve your sense of connection to others and to your goals.
Let me help you embrace your life purpose and empower your actions in the direction you always wished them to take. If you don't know it, together we will help you find your sense of direction.
If you feel stuck, let me help you get unstuck so you can endow your life with more meaning, love and compassion.
Start to take action now towards that better life! Make a FREE appointment to discuss how I can help you fulfill your goals.
Services also available in Spanish. Hablo Español.
The way I help you along your life journey is collaborative and focused on your goals. My goal is to make my services unnecessary by achieving your goals. It may sound counter-intuitive, but each time a client reaches their goals it feels very rewarding and exciting!
After learning about your concerns and goals in our first session, we will collaborate to design an evolving customized plan of action focused on your goals, your needs and based on my expertise. Sometimes your goals might be to figure your life goals out, or to fine tune your knowledge of yourself. Sometimes they may be to reduce your anxiety and depression or fix something that is not working in your life.
Once we define those outcomes you desire, we will move forward.
Every week, we will meet and address what you bring to each session. Your contribution to the process is to bring to our weekly or bi-weekly sessions you questions, whatever is in your mind, or what causes you distress in the most open way you can.
My job is to listen attentively, keep you safe and offer feedback anchored in my professional experience and knowledge. I will check regularly with you to see if the goals are met or need to evolve.
Sometimes you may feel you want to stop because you feel worse than before. This is normal, and happens in the process right before you start feeling better.
Sometimes you may need to overcome feelings of avoidance. Talking about the feelings that emerge in our sessions is healing and helps you process them productively.
My interventions include doing and saying things to make you feel comfortable, protected and safe during sessions. I listen with curiosity and empathy to build a therapeutic relationship based on kindness, compassion and unconditional regard.
Research amply shows that this is the most helpful element of "talk therapy" no matter what modality the therapist uses.
I find that people feel at ease with me becauseI am naturally engaged, authentic and direct. I practice a philosophy of being fully and humanly present, based on Martin Buber’s philosophy of being fully present in a relationship of mutual respect.
My approach is the opposite to that of those movie therapists where the therapist is silent and writes on a pad, aloof and distant. I offer my views when you ask. I am very present and engaged.
As I listen to you, I remain curious about what you are saying, and pay careful attention to my intuition and responses. I also track my intellectual and emotional responses to what you bring to the session to keep it about you and your goals.
My ability to use divergent thinking comes in handy to imagine how you experience the world. I try to notice the themes, imagery, patterns, myths, thinking traps, somatic changes and emotions of what you share.
Sometimes, you might chose to continue our work outside our session with customized “homework” that addresses your needs and complements your therapy, especially when using modalities like CBT and DBT. These activities support the treatment and can be an important part of these modalities.
Ideally, you will feel more understood and learn from the process. You may gain useful skills to use in your daily life and ways to address your emotions.
When you have doubts or questions, I will be happy to offer my responses to you generously and transparently. I know how to take care of myself in the process, and how to maintain you as safe as possible. This is necessary to be effective.
I find that Mindfulness is one of the most popular and effective tools to use with my clients. I have a lot of experience helping people get into a state of mindfulness with less effort.
Mindfulness training is a mind technology that allows you to engage the natural state of mind of paying attention in the moment without judgment. Science has shown how effective and wonderful it can be applied to enhancing well being. I like to blog and share information I find about mindfulness and other topics, so you can check the “Toolbox” button on the menu above and see what I put there for you.
At the beginning of each session, I will offer you an optional and easy short mindfulness practice to help you relax and focus. It will help you stay in the moment, feel calmer, and feel less at the mercy of your feelings.
My intention is to make every session worthwhile. I do a brief check-in at the end of each session to track how our collaboration is working and make sure you take something useful with you. I will often give you handouts or reinforce any new practical activity that has worked for you.
When you feel you have achieved your goals, I will encourage you to meet with me one last time to go over what you learned and evaluate the process together. This will help you complete the process properly and tie any loose ends.
Please feel invited to make a free appointment to ask me any questions you may have by clicking the button below or going to the contact me tab.
Ariel Blau has a formidable passion for helping his clients energize ajoyful, loving and creative life.
Let him work with you to reduce your suffering and hone the internal gifts you have to accomplish the life you want. He has more than 20 years of experience helping people bloom.
Ariel Blau started working with teens in his native Argentina, and has an impressive record of facilitating change with young adults and people of all ages. He can help you too!
His formal education includes a Master's degree in Social Work from New York University, a Master's in Fine Arts from Brandeis University, and a great number of workshops, certificates and seminars. He is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers.
Ariel completed his professional clinical training at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, helping young adults and adults suffering from concurrent mental health conditions, and helping folk with less serious concerns in other settings.
At Yale, he trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy with Dr. Seth Axelrod, PhD, and in harm-reduction recovery and relapse prevention with Rebecca Koenisgberg, LCSW, LADAC. He also trained in Psychodynamic group therapy with Dr. Cathy Markle, PhD, and in Expressive Therapies with Janet Brodie. He trained in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy at NYU.
Ariel has been a student of mindfulness and dedicated to bring compassion into the world for more than 15 years, and prides himself of knowing how to teach you to experience mindfulness without you trying hard at all.
Ariel is a very relatable, warm, compassionate and non-judgmental therapist with experience in outpatient and community settings working with a wide range of conditions. These include anxieties, depression and mood disorders, trauma and other concerns.
Earlier in his career, Ariel had a rich career in the Arts.He served as a beloved professor of Cross-Disciplinary Creativity, Experimental Performance and Puppet Theater at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. He was famous for his experimentally minded and creativity enhancing programs.
His gift for divergent thinking and creativity developed in the arts is very useful for connecting to your experience in therapy, and working with you to develop interventions tailored for you.
Ariel was an award winning director and designer for live and hybrid performance and the founding member of two theater companies in New York city and Olympia, WA. In Olympia, he also founded the Performance Laboratory for Objects and Puppets (PLOP!), an artist-run space to foster wild innovation and creativity.
Ariel received a National Endowment for the Arts award and a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council (Rockefeller Brother's Fund) to research mystical puppetry in Bali, Indonesia. He also received several awards from the Henson Foundation for his imaginative puppet theater productions.
Ready for change? Click below on the “make an appointment” button or at the top on the “Appointments” tab to start benefiting from his warm, caring, and refreshing style.