Hi! I am so happy you are here. My name is Ariel (she/hers) and I am a Licensed Clinical Psychologist in the State of Illinois. I specialize in helping women overcome life's challenges, with a particular focus on self-empowerment and relationship dynamics. My approach is rooted in empathy, respect, and collaboration. I believe that every individual has the capacity for growth and change, and I am here to support you on your unique journey!
I utilize an integrative approach, emphasizing authenticity and curiosity through culturally informed and strengths-based frameworks. My goal is to create a safe and non-judgmental space where we can explore your thoughts, feelings, and goals openly. Together, we will identify your strengths and work on developing new coping strategies to overcome obstacles. Additionally, as a biracial cis-gender female therapist, I am passionate about intersectionality, social justice, and empowering individuals and couples with marginalized identities. I am committed to creating environments that foster psychological safety and am uniquely skilled in facilitating identity exploration and healing from trauma.
I believe feedback is essential in therapy - I make an intentional effort to check-in with you about your experience and progress throughout our work together. I value meaningful relationships and connecting with others, and I find that the best therapeutic relationships often occur when we both lean into vulnerability (and laughter!). Above all else, I am passionate about creating an environment of collaboration and I am excited to support you in moving towards your goals!
On a personal level: my friends have described me as an optimist - I am energetic, thoughtful, and tend to see the silver lining in many situations. I am also a 200-hr Certified Power Yoga Instructor! Outside of the office, I am usually spending time with my husband, goldendoodle puppy (Kendi!), reading, watching Netflix, or spending time outdoors with friends/family!
Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL (APA-Accredited Program)
Masters of Arts, Clinical Psychology
The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA
Leadership Studies Certificate
Post Doctoral Fellowship (Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging Track):
Additionally, Dr. Ariel's research background emphasizes the roles of racial identity, stress, early attachment/parental bonding, and resilience in specifically Black/African American and Latinx/Hispanic young adult populations. Dr. Ariel utilizes her clinical training, formal education, and research expertise to facilitate brave spaces that invite growth, exploration, empowerment, and collaboration.
Culturally Informed Care
Trauma Informed Care