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PSYCHOTHERAPY + COUNSELLING

 
 

EXECUTIVES + PROFESSIONALS

EMERGING ADULTS + 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 decide to work with me, 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 guidance based on my extensive experience and top-notch training.

I do m y work by offering insight and guidance to help you overcome obstacles to your goals, or fight the “monsters” in your life.

I have more than 20 years helping more than 2000 individuals get better at “being themselves,” and make the changes they need to live the way they are called to live. I am excellent at what I do.

YOUR VALUES + MINE

When you work with me, I try to follow your values, but it is important that you are informed about mine.

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The way I carry out my work and my philosophy are based on the practice of compassion towards all living beings, using my skills to remove suffering, fostering imagination, and celebrating the diversity of life. I am committed to erradicating sexism, and fostering anti-opression, anti-racism and equity-building. I welcome individuals who identify as 2SLGBTQIIAA+.

When you are with me, my approach is to be “present” and authentic. I practice a humanist philosophy based on Martin Buber’s philosophy of being fully present in a relationship of mutual respect. My approach might feel as the opposite to that of those movie therapists where the therapist is silent and writes on a pad, aloof and distant, uttering grunts. You will notice I am warm, passionate and engaged.

I will engage from a place of respect and curiosity. I have my opinions and don’t pretend to be neutral, but I am not judgmental. I feel no need to convince anyone. I would rather learn than be right. I gave up being perfect long ago, in exchange for enjoying my life. I also gave up fighting the way the world unfolds and have chosen to radically accept what the world offers.

From my life experience, I am convinced that we all try to be the best we can be. I have seen that most poor decisions and lame actions are born from our good intentions, but result from our limited skills or resources. These mistakes can be redeemed, and overcome, by learning from them.

That is where I come in, to help you develop better means to accomplish what you need, learn from mistakes, validate your efforts, call you on your “baloney,” and compassionately show you the alternatives that I see.

Click the green button to start getting the help you need by scheduling a meeting with me.

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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.

 
 

HOW DO I WORK?

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.

In an authentic, courageous and powerful way, I 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.

WhICH GOALS CAN I HELP FACILITATE?

If your goals include living a full and inspired life, and blossoming into your fullest potential, I can help you deal with the emotional or psychological obstacles you face and the distress they cause.

This includes problems with mood, depression, anxiety, trauma, and feeling stuck. I also “coach” individuals that live with ADHD, and a variety of other conditions.

My training includes working with a range of conditions: stress and adjustment to circumstances, developmental and identity issues, relational concerns, mental health conditions, and addiction. I am constantly learning and engaging in professional development.

I am very interested in life transitions and make-overs.

I can help you:

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

  • Regain a sense of possibility and creativity.

  • 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.

Go to the CONCERNS + CONDITIONS page for information about different presenting concerns.

What the process WILL LOOK like

While the details might be specific to your needs, most of my patients follow the following sequence of sessions: 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>>

 
 

SPECIFIC GOALS YOU MAY HAVE

CAREER + WORK

  • Honing or redefining your career goals.

  • Balancing life demands with work obligations.

  • Learning to be more focused, more productive, calmer and less stressed using mindfulness.

  • Managing transitions and career moves.

EMOTIONS

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  • Learning strategies for emotion regulation

  • Getting unstuck from patterns you want to leave behind

  • Overcoming anxiety, fear & panic

  • Dealing with past traumatic experiences that keep getting in the way.

HIGHLY SENSITIVE PERSONS

  • Learning about the amazing high sensitivity trait that 1 in 5 people share.

  • Developing life/work strategies that serve your needs, nurturing you and developing your best capacities.

  • Managing the condition by maximizing the gifts of strategic thinking, creativity and high level thinking while minimizing overload and burn-out.

INTERPERSONAL RELATIONSHIPS

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  • Overcoming loneliness and social-life issues

  • Improving relationships

  • Increasing feelings of love & intimacy

  • Learning strategies for interpersonal effectiveness

SOCIOCULTURAL STRESS

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  • Navigating cross-cultural adjustment

  • Overcoming stress from oppression and racism.

  • Dealing with the stress of micro-aggressions

  • Dealing with immigration and cross-generational stress

BECOMING AN ADULT

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  • Finding yourself and identifying what you want from life

  • Completing the tasks of “Adulting” successfully

  • Making parents & family work better

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

  • Mastering student life, your studies, your social life + relationships

MANAGING TRANSITIONS

  • Make the best of transitions and make-overs

  • Embrace the life you want

  • Re-parent your Self so you can get on with your life

OTHER CONDITIONS

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

  • Managing and understanding the impact of chronic mental illness, so you can enjoy a rewarding life

  • Understanding and helping a loved one who has any of the problems listed above.

 
 

“The Heart is a wild dancer.”

— Anam Thubten Rinpoche