Ariel’s Bio

In 2001, I graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and in 2005 I earned my Masters degree in Counselling Psychology. I am particularly intrigued by the fields of neuroscience, trauma and attachment theory in which I studied during a two year Somatic Transformation training program.   My work experience in the child protection field taught me how to support families to create secure attachments. I have completed intensive training based on the Gottman model of couples therapy and am passionate about working with couples to strengthen and repair their relationship.  

My areas of clinical expertise are: anxiety, depression, self-injury, children with disabilities, abuse, trauma, grief and loss.  I enjoy working with children, youth and adults. As a counsellor, my role is to co-create a safe therapeutic relationship whereby clients can evolve and flourish through exploring their attachment patterns,  emotional regulation and many other fascinating areas of discovery.

As someone in a long term marriage, I understand the efforts required to stay connected and committed. With two young children, I know parenting can bring us to our knees; it is not for the faint of heart. I am a strong believer in the emotional and physical benefits of physical activity and can be found running or hiking with my canine companion. On the weekends I can be found either in the garden or at the soccer field cheering on my kids.

A favorite quote from Pema Chodron:

“True compassion does not come from wanting to help out those less fortunate than ourselves but from realizing our kinship with all beings”.