HOW WE WORK WITH DIFFERENT CONDITIONS

 
 
 Anxiety can paralyze you and make your life stagnant

Anxiety can paralyze you and make your life stagnant

Anxiety/Fear

Anxiety is an emotional loop that can result from being "conditioned" to feel apprehension or fear about something that has not yet happened. It can also be the result of organic processes in your body, such as hormonal processes or the result of too much exposure to fight+flight response due to heightened stressors. We use mindfulness, CBT, DBT and talk therapy to examine the underlying factors and dismantle the emotional response, which can be very distressing to experience.


 
 Depression can sap all your energy.

Depression can sap all your energy.

Depression

One in three individuals experiences some form of depression or other at some point of their lives. Depression can include a debilitating lack of energy that can make everything seem impossible. The mind is taken over by negative and defeatist thoughts that loop into a system that makes you see the world as a hopeless and pointless experience. Some people can begin to feel that life is not worth living, experiencing passive hopes of death and, in some cases, wanting to end their lives.

There are many ways in which I work with depression. The most basic is going against your feelings, in this case with activation, exercise and catching thinking traps. This helps regain a feeling of mastery over your life that can start to lift the weight off your shoulders and enhance your self-esteem, and give you room to examine what is making you feel so poorly.


 
 The problem is not "being" LGBTQI2S. The problem is the oppression thrust on LGBTQI2S individuals by a dominant hetero-normative society.

The problem is not "being" LGBTQI2S. The problem is the oppression thrust on LGBTQI2S individuals by a dominant hetero-normative society.

 You are warmly welcome!

You are warmly welcome!

LGBTQI2S IDENTITIES

We offer a safe and welcoming space to members of sexual, trans, affective and gender minorities who seek therapy or counseling.  Our positionality is one of full support of the rights of every individual to self-define.  Our therapy is based on a firmly held  belief that LGBTQI2S individuals suffer additional burdens caused by dominant hetero-normative society that range from daily micro-aggressions that erode one's sense of belonging, to outright traumatic violence. Living one's identity can be a source of joy and fullfilment.

We offer trainings to other professionals in how to work with individuals of varied sexual, affective and gender identities.


 
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MANAGING MENTAL ILLNESS

In our practice we see that chronic mental illness can be managed in the direction of a fruitful and rewarding life. Stigma is the main reason most people think of mental illness differently than other conditions people have to overcome, control or learn from. There are many way in which one can improve one's condition and Ariel has excellent traing and ample experience in this area.

We  know for a fact that having a mental illness diagnosis can make people learn in unique and gifted ways, and a movement is growing in the world to embrace mental illness as a gift, not a curse. 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.

Having worked as an artist, I have grown to appreciate the privilege of working with human beings that see the world in diverse and interesting manners.


 
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LIFE TRANSITIONS

Whether you are intentionally taking steps for changing your life or whether you are in the midst of unexpected changes, we can work with you to help you find the grace to turn your experience into meaning, wisdom and joy. We will use mindfulness to accept change as an opportunity to invite joy into your life and learn to see the world's synchronicity in auspicious events that present to you as gifts.