MANAGING MENTAL ILLNESS
Chronic mental illness can be managed with the goal of living a fruitful and rewarding life. There are many way in which one can improve one's condition and Ariel has excellent training and ample experience in this area. My experience has taught me see the strengths of each person and to recognize the incredible resilience and ability we humans have to adapt to hardships and challenges. I learned to become attuned to the individuality with each individual experiences their condition.
Stigma is the main reason most people feel strange taking care of their conditions effectively. We think of mental illness differently than other organic conditions people want to overcome. Stigma and magical thinking tend to make people behave against maintaining good self-care and staying with psychiatric medications or naturopathic methods that help manage the illness. Ariel has a keen awareness of how expectations from different cultural backgrounds affect the experience of mental health conditions, too. Often, therapy work well to help you see where internalized stigma and prejudice get in the way of a better life.
Having worked and lived as an artist, I have grown to appreciate the privilege of working with human beings that see the world in diverse and interesting manners. We know for a fact that having a mental illness diagnosis can make people think in unique and gifted ways, and a movement is growing in the world to embrace mental illness as a gift, not a curse. The reality and experience of living with mental illness is different for each person, however, so we work according to your specific condition, values and goals.