Licensed Mental Health Counselor
If you feel like you spend your life explaining your owner’s manual to people, I want to work with you. If you feel like you are sick of feeling “othered” every time you see the world differently, I want to work with you. There is never going to be a situation where a therapist knows everything there is to know about you, but it can feel like such a relief to have some common ground and work with someone who won’t pathologize.
I help people by not trying to “fix” them. A lot of my clients come to me even if they have supportive people in their lives, but so often people want to make them feel better right away or just tell them what to do. Being able to just sit with you and see you for who you are is one of the most important things I do. That freedom to be yourself allows you to get curious about your own process, celebrate your own intentionality, and sometimes feel things you don’t always let yourself feel. I want to help you cultivate the emotional experiences you want to have in relationships, and learn how to handle the emotions and relationships you are struggling with.
I like being able to stay with people as they are experiencing something that they don’t often let themselves experience, or that other people have a hard time just letting them feel. Whether we’re talking about compersion or recursion, spell slots or overstimulus, I can celebrate the way your mind approaches problems and help you cultivate strategies to achieve your goals.
I received an undergraduate degree in physics from University of Washington and a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Clinicial Health Psychology from Bastyr University.
I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC #LH60973844). My background includes extensive experience in community mental health providing therapy services to a wide range of adults from a variety of backgrounds. I have training in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy.
Mondays and Tuesdays, 2:30pm to 9pm
Thursdays and Fridays, 7:30am to 2pm
Ariel offers individual and relationship counseling. She sees teens and adults 13+.
Important: If this is a crisis or you need immediate support, please call the Crisis Clinic at (206) 461-3222 or go to your nearest emergency room. Catalyst Counseling cannot provide emergency services.