Licensed Mental Health Counselor
You’re used to doing everything yourself. Maybe that’s a point of pride for you, or maybe it’s just what you feel you’ve had to do. That’s worked for a really long time, maybe your whole life. You’ve been getting it done, but maybe you’re tired. You’re finding yourself stuck somehow. There’s something you can’t figure out by yourself. Maybe it’s embarrassing or vulnerable to share. What you’re looking for is someone to be there with you while you’re figuring this out, and give you some perspective that you might not have had otherwise.
You’ve noticed that for folks who “hold it together” really well, the times when they can’t hold it all together are embarrassing or scary. The word “can’t” can be a really scary one. I’m not going to tell you that you can do everything. I am going to tell you that an extra set of eyes can tell us if we’re trying to push a pull door.
You might know where you want to go. Goals and structure might come easily to you. I believe that structure is good and healthy, but sometimes it is a good idea to reevaluate where you’re going and how to get there.
A lot of times, people come to counseling because the survival skills and strategies that worked previously are no longer effective, or they come with some pretty negative consequences for your own mental health or wellbeing. Sometimes you have a table leg that’s made of cinderblocks and duct tape. It doesn’t match the function, but if you remove it, the whole table will fall down. My job is to help you create new skills, create a new structure, that better fits the function.
I received an undergraduate degree in physics from University of Washington and a Masters of Science in Nutrition and Clinical 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.
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, 7:30am to 2pm
Ariel offers individual 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.