Psychotherapy Mindfulness and Life Coaching
ARIEL BLAU
ARIEL BLAU
counseling, psychotherapy, coaching, adolescents, teenagers, emerging adults, young adults, milenials, Ariel Blau, holistic therapy, healing
 

Let me help you

Let me help you energize a joyful, loving and creative life. I have more than 30 years of experience helping people bloom. Let me help you reduce your suffering.

I will listen and connect with you in an authentic, courageous and powerful way. 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.

Let me help you get unstuck so you can endow your life with meaning, love and compassion. Let me help you embrace your life purpose and empower your actions in the direction you always wished them to take.

Start to take action now towards that better life by making an appointment to discuss how I can help fulfill your needs.

 
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Psychotherapy for emerging adults, students, and artists.

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How can I help you?

 
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Identifying What You Want From Life

Growing Rewarding Relationships

Enjoying Love & Intimacy

Living the LGBTQI2S Experience

Navigating Cross-Cultural Adjustment

Mastering Student Life

Activating Your Social Life

Making Parents & Family Work

Finding Yourself

Adulting Successfully

Making the Best of Make-Overs & Transitions

Dealing Effectively with Emotions & Mood

Re-parenting Your Self

Getting Unstuck

Processing Loss & Grieving

Overcoming Anxiety, Fear & Panic

Coaching Your Recovery from Addiction

Overcoming Stress from Oppression and Micro-Aggressions

Managing Mental Illness

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How do I go about helping you?

 
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My goal is to help reduce your suffering, and help you reach your goals. I want you to experience more creative flow, loving-kindness and joy in your life. My other goal is to protect your confidentiality and make you feel protected and safe during sessions. How do I go about achieving this?

Initially I do my best to make you feel comfortable. 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.

Once in session, I find that people feel at ease with me because I 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 fo 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.

Mindfulness is one of my favorite tools to use. Mindfulness, according to Dr. John Kabbatt Zinn, is  awareness, in the moment, without judgment. I have a lot of experience helping people get into a state of mindfulness without much effort. At the beginning of each session, I offer to lead you in a very short mindfulness practice to help you relax and focus. During our session, mindfulness helps me stay connected and aware of what you bring to share. Midnfulness will help you stay in the moment, become aware of your feelings, and suffer less.

The rest of the time I listen actively. I pay attention to my intuition, but also to patterns, imagery, myths, thinking traps, somatic changes and emotions. My ability to use divergent thinking comes in handy to imagine how you experience the world and for noticing patterns and making connections that help me "get"  what is happening internally with you. I also track my intellectual  and emotional responses to what you bring to the session. When you ask, I will am happy to offer my responses to you generously and transparently.

I am trained to bring to our sessions my courage, to match yours, and my vulnerability, to honor yours. Looking into what is happening other people's soul is very moving and requires being open and vulnerable in order to be sensitive to details and to understand your condition with any depth. I know how to take care of myself in the process, and how to maintain you as safe as possible.

 

Finding the unique effective intervention that helps you get your life in flow with your goals and desires is my reward. It is like a complex puzzle for which I get the pleasure of finding a solution. To solve it, I use a wide range of techniques gathered in more than 30 years of facilitating change with people. In our sessions, I will address any fear with kindness and compassion, and help you uncover sources of courage and resilience to accomplish what you defined as your goals.

My intention is to make every session worthwhile for you. I do a brief check-in at the end of each session to track how our collaboration is working and hope you take something useful with you.

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.

Bio

 

 Ariel Blau

Ariel Blau

Ariel Blau has a formidable passion for helping his clients energize a joyful, loving and creative life. Let him help you reduce your suffering and hone the internal gifts you have to accomplish the life you want. He has more than 30 years of experience helping people bloom.

Ariel Blau has an impressive skill for connecting and engaging with his clients in a way that helps promote positive change and joy. Ariel will listen and connect with you in an authentic, courageous and powerful way. Working together with you, he will help you improve your sense of connection to others. He will actively help you cultivate your unique traits to find a state of positive flow. He is very experienced and skilled.

 

Ariel Blau started working with teens in his native Argentina, and has since amassed an impressive record of facilitating change with young 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 has been studying mindfulness and how to bring compassion into the world for more than 15 years, and prides himself of knowing how to teach mindfulness without you trying hard at all. He is the catalyst you need to help you shift things in your life to enjoy a positive sense of flow and joy.

 

His passion for helping others is matched by his enormous drive for continuous learning. Ariel completed his professional clinical training at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital, working with groups of young adults suffering from co-occurring and chronic mental health conditions, and helping folk with less serious concerns in other settings. At Yale, he also trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy with Dr. Seth Axelrod, PhD, in Psychodynamic therapy with Dr. Cathy Markle, PhD, and in Expressive Therapies with Janet Brodie.

 

Ariel is very relatable, warm, compassionate and non-judgmental. As the Lead Clinician at the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven, and in other outpatient settings, Ariel has provided effective therapy to individuals, couples and families for a wide range of problems and conditions. His experience as a kind and compassionate therapist also includes providing trauma-informed individual therapy for children, adolescents and their families at the Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven, for which he received a National Association of Social Workers award.

Earlier in his career, Ariel served as beloved professor of Cross-Disciplinary Creativity, Experimental Performance and Puppet Theater at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. He worked as an award winning director and designer for live and hybrid performance and was the founding member of two collaborative theater companies one in New York city and one in Olympia, WA. In Olympia, he founded the Performance Laboratory for Objects and Puppets (PLOP!), a 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. His gift for divergent thinking and his imagination are very useful for connecting to your experience in therapy and working with you to develop interventions that work for you .

 

Ariel Blau brings a sense of active engagement, innovation, and imagination to his work as a catalyst for change, responding to the idea that every person's life is a work in progress. He wakes every morning eager to do what he loves, full of energy and enthusiasm.

Ariel can kindly and compassionately help you take the steps to feel positively about your life. Let him help you get unstuck so you can endow your whole life with meaning, love and compassion. Let Ariel help you embrace your purpose and empower your actions in the direction you always wished them to take. Start to take action now towards a better life by making an appointment to meet and discuss how he can help you fulfill your needs.

Ready for change? Click on the appointment tab to start benefiting from his engaged and imaginative style.(Black to start working together right away, or go below to the yellow one to enjoy a complimentary "Meet and Greet" session).