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) and is working toward licensure in the state of California. She has a second Master of Arts degree in Theological Studies from MBTS and with her combined education and training, she is able to be both clinical and Biblical.
What is a Professional Clinical Counselor?
The California Board of Behavioral Sciences defines professional clinical counseling (PCC), as the “application of counseling interventions and psychotherapeutic techniques to identify and remediate cognitive, mental, and emotional issues, including personal growth, adjustment to disability, crisis intervention, and psychosocial and environmental problems.”
As a Professional Clinical Counselor, who is also a Biblical Christian, Ariel will focus on individual developmental issues a person is struggling with and struggling through. She will typically examine psychological, social, and spiritual development characteristics of an individual and determine how they effect a client’s current functioning. Treatment will explore the above characteristics, as well as sanctification to help a client improve their overall development, wellness, and spiritual components, including treatment of any mental health issues.
She is trained and educated to work with individuals, families, and groups on any issue that impacts mental health.
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 relationally.
Since the world is broken, trauma is bound to occur. We will ultimately carry that brokenness and trauma in our bodies and our minds. Inevitably that brokenness and trauma will outwardly show up in people’s lives and relationships. Ariel’s goal is to help her clients maneuver that brokenness to a journey of healing, growth, understanding and self-reflection. In counseling language, that process is called “gaining insight”. Counselors are very much aware that we can’t force insight onto our clients, but Ariel can help connect life’s dots to help her clients achieve insight on their own, through various aspects of cognitive behavioral modalities, psycho-education, solutions focused therapy, and exploring the impact of family dynamics.
She also uses an integrative approach to therapy by incorporating clinical and research-based observations, a Christian framework, along with keen Biblical lens.
Since not all of her clients are professing believers, she respects each client and counsels them according to their own development.
She believes that healing is possible, relationships are messy and past experiences often contribute to present day functioning. Her method of counseling provides a safe place to help her clients move towards holistic healing, one step, one experience and one day at a time. Holistic healing takes into account the whole person, heart, mind, body and soul.
All that to say, Ariel counsels all of her clients with a sincere and genuine care for their mind (how they think) and behavior (what they do). Because she is a Christian, she feels convicted to comfort others, to encourage others, and to build others up. This means that she meets her clients exactly where they are, without judgment and with compassion.
Also, because God saved her and brought her to Christ later in life, she has a lifetime of experiences that allow her to empathize with her clients in such a way that helps to build that very important counselor/client relationship, which is crucial to healing. She want’s to 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