Ariel Blau has a formidable passion for helping you live a joyful, loving and creative life, and supporting your transformation to make it so.
He can help 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 and re-imagine themselves.
Ariel Blau has an impressive record of facilitating change with adolescents, emerging adults and people of all ages.
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 and licensed as a clinical social worker in the US.
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.
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.
At Yale, he trained in Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT) 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 (CBT) at NYU. He attends numerous trainings, workshops and courses to continually embrace the best-practices and stay abreast of the cutting edge research in psychotherapy and neuroscience.
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.
Earlier in his life, Ariel had a rich career in the Arts, which he continues to cultivate in multiple art forms, from performance to visual arts.
Ariel served as a beloved professor of Cross-Disciplinary Creativity, Experimental Performance and Puppet Theater at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. His academic programs were often designed as learning communities that offered laboratory-style inter-disciplinary opportunities for investigation and enquiry. They were known for their innovative quality as well as for fostering imagination and creativity.
His gift for divergent thinking and creativity, which was developed and honed 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 (US) 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.