Psychotherapy Mindfulness and Life Coaching
ARIEL BLAU
ARIEL BLAU
Counseling, Psychotherapy, Therapy, 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 and to your goals.

Let me help you get unstuck so you can endow your life with more 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. If you don't know it, I will help you find your sense of direction.

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

 
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Psychotherapy for high-achievers, emerging adults and students.

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I can help you:

 
 

Feel more productive, calmer and less stressed

Feel happier and more energized

Improve your relationships

Identify what you want from life

Enjoy Love & Intimacy

Live the LGBTQI2S Experience

Navigate cross-cultural adjustment

Master student life

Activate your social life

Make parents & family work

Find yourself

“Adulting” successfully

Make the best of make-overs & transitions

Deal effectively with emotions & mood

Re-parent your Self

Get unstuck

Process losses & grieving

Overcome anxiety, fear & panic

Coach your recovery from addiction to _____ (fill in the blank)

Overcome stress from oppression and micro-aggressions

Manage mental illness for a rewarding life

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How do I go about helping you?

My goal is to help reduce your suffering, and help you reach your goals. I do my best to help you experience more creative flow, loving-kindness and joy in your life. I hope to liberate your energy for a calmer and less stressful way of living. My other goal is to protect your confidentiality and make you feel protected and safe during sessions. How do I go about achieving this?

 
 Ariel Blau

Ariel Blau

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 of 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.

 
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My strongest tools are listening actively and curiousity.

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.


As I listen to you, I remain curious about what you are saying, feeling and how. I pay attention to my intuition.

I also track my intellectual  and emotional responses to what you bring to the session to keep it about you and your goals. I try to notice the themes, imagery, patterns, myths, thinking traps, somatic changes and emotions of what you share. 

When you ask, I will am happy to offer my responses to you generously and transparently.


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. This is necessary to be effective.

I am trained to bring to our sessions my courage, to match yours, and my vulnerability, to honor yours.

 
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Mindfulness is one of my favorite tools to use. Mindfulness has been around for thousands of years and is becoming very popular. Science is showing how effective and wonderful it is when applied to enhancing well being.

I have a lot of experience helping people get into a state of mindfulness with less effort.

At the beginning of each session, I will offer to lead you in an optional short mindfulness practice to help you relax and focus.

During our session, mindfulness helps both of us. It helps me stay connected and aware of what you bring to share. It will help you stay in the moment, be calmer, and suffer less from being at the mercy of your feelings.

I like to blog and share information I find about mindfulness, so you can check the “Toolbox” button on teh menu above and see what I put there for you.


My intention is to make every session worthwhile. 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 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 is licensed to practice in Ontario and Connecticut.

Ariel 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 you to practice 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. He is continuously looking for opportunities to learn more and get better at helping his clients.

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 had a rich career in the Arts.

He served as a beloved professor of Cross-Disciplinary Creativity, Experimental Performance and Puppet Theater at the Evergreen State College, in Olympia, Washington. He was famous for his experimentally minded and creativity enhancing programs.

He had a lot of fun working 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!), an artist-run 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. This answered to his mystical interests and natural curiosity.

He also received several awards from the Henson Foundation for his imaginative puppet theater productions.


His gift for divergent thinking and creativity developed in the arts 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).