ARIEL BLAU
ARIEL BLAU
counseling, psychotherapy, coaching, adolescents, teenagers, emerging adults, young adults, milenials, Ariel Blau, holistic therapy, healing
 

Let me help you

I have more than 30 years of experience helping people bloom. I cultivate your unique gifts to engage a state of positive flow. This enhances your sense of connectedness with others. Let me help you energize a joyful, loving and creative life.

Let me help you get unstuck so you can endow your life with meaning, love and compassion. Let me help you embrace your purpose and empower your actions.

Start now to take action towards a better life.

 
 
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Psychotherapy for emerging adults, students, and creative types.

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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

Successful Adulting

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

Managing Mental Illness

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How do I go about helping you?

 
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I use my expertise to make you feel comfortable and 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.

My approach is nothing like those movies where the therapist is silent and writes on a pad. Once in session, you will find that my style is collaborative, authentic and direct.

While I can come across as intense and focused, most people feel at ease with me. My patients tell me I am unusually engaged and caring. I am passionate about figuring out how to empower you to change what is not working.

I use mindfulness to engage in open listening. I practice being fully present and give you feed-back drawn from the responses that arise to what you bring to the session.

My ability to use divergent thinking comes in handy to imagine how you experience the world. I am good at noticing patterns and making connections that help me "get"  what is happening internally with you. I don't believe in judging others.

I have worked with enough people to know that much suffering comes from feeling stuck and stagnant. Nobody sets out in their early years planning to keep using the same actions and the same responses ineffectively. Therapy is a great way to expand your toolbox and to see your situation with compassion. Usually, you will do better and feel better once you become aware of more options.

My intention is to make every session worthwhile. I do a brief check-in at the end of each session to maximize our collaboration.

Bio

 

 Ariel Blau

Ariel Blau

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.

Ariel's training 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 a passion for learning.

Ariel completed his professional training at Yale New Haven Psychiatric Hospital and at the psychiatry department at Yale New Haven Health/Bridgeport Hospital working with groups of young adults suffering from co-occurring conditions. At Yale, he also trained in DBT with Dr. Seth Axelrod and in Expressive Therapies with Janet Brodie.

Additional experience includes providing trauma-informed individual therapy for children, adolescents and their families at the Clifford Beers Child Guidance Clinic in New Haven, and at the Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven. Ariel received a National Association of Social Workers award for his contributions to therapy with underprivileged minorities at Clifford Beers.

Earlier in his career, Ariel served as professor of Cross-Disciplinary Creativity and Experimental Performance at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. He worked as a director and designer for live and hybrid performance and was the founding member of two collaborative companies. In Olympia, he founded the Performance Laboratory for Objects and Puppets (PLOP!) as a space to foster wild innovation and creativity. He brings the same sense of innovation to therapy and coaching.

Ariel received an award from the National Endowment for the Arts and a fellowship from the Asian Cultural Council to research mystical puppetry in Bali, Indonesia. He also received  several awards from the Henson Foundation for his imaginative Puppet Theater productions.