Ariel is currently working towards a Doctorate of Education in Community Care and Counseling, specializing in Traumatology. She holds a Master of Arts degree in Counseling from Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary (MBTS), along with a second Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from MBTS. With her combined education and training, she is able to be both clinical and Biblical.
What does Clinical and Biblical mean?
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way of everlasting. Psalm 139:23,24
Ariel believes that God’s Word is sufficient to answer all of life’s struggles, but she also understands that sin and living in a fallen world is a reality that causes so much dishevel in our lives, personally and relational-ly.
Since Genesis 3, Ariel understands that because of sin, human relationships can be easily fractured, which leads to various forms of trauma. We will ultimately carry that trauma in our bodies and our minds, where it will show up in our outward behavior and interpersonal relationships. My goal is to help sufferers maneuver that trauma in their journey of healing, growth, understanding and self-reflection. In Biblical counseling language, that process is called “growing in discernment”.
Also, because God saved Ariel and brought her to Christ later in life, she has a lifetime of experiences that allow her to empathize with clients from all walks of life. Her goal is to truly know her clients so she can truly help her clients.
“Nearly all the wisdom we possess, that is to say, true and sound wisdom, consists of two parts: the knowledge of God and of ourselves.” John Calvin – The Institutes of Christian Religion