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Hi, I’m Arien!

I enjoy working with older teens and young women to manage and overcome feelings of low self esteem, self-doubt, anxiety and depression and to claim their life back after a significant transition. 

I know what it’s like to be extremely critical of yourself, making growth difficult and scary. I know what it’s like to feel as if your world is falling apart and you’re failing. 

Maybe your typical way to cope is to avoid, because you’re afraid of being judged, feeling stupid or being too vulnerable. You question if you are enough.

Maybe your life isn’t turning out the way you expected. You made plans and goals and now they’ve changed and you’re confused. You’ve had to make hard choices. You’re just not sure how to deal or even breathe every day. You’re walking through life on autopilot.

Life can be extremely chaotic and it’s easy to feel as if you’ve lost your way. 

Seeking guidance and growth is a strength.

If you’re desperate to make a change and start living and feeling your purpose, if you’re tired of staying small, safe and settling, if you want to lift that weight off your chest and to rewrite your story….

Reach out.

Connect.

I’m here to help.

I can help you to develop the skills you need to cope and feel stable, to be able to breathe deep again, to build your self esteem, recognize your worth and reclaim your life. I want to help you find balance within yourself and your life. 

What does therapy with me look like? 

I want you to be authentic when you come to see me. For you to feel comfortable being yourself with me, I need to be myself with you, which means sometimes I will be in jeans, other times in leggings. I like to laugh, use humor, might curse and will call you on your stuff. When I am with you, I’m 100% myself…in therapist form.

I believe you are the expert of your life and I am here to listen, support and guide you, providing an unbiased perspective. My approach is relaxed and individualized. No one has all their shit together, including me, so bring me your chaos and let’s dig in!

My goal is to help facilitate hope, happiness and personal growth in the people I work with. I want to help you live an authentic and brave life. It takes courage to seek a more fulfilling and happier life and to take the first steps towards a change. If you are ready to take that step I am here to support and empower you.

The boring details: I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. I have been in the mental health field for approximately 15 years. I have worked with clients ages 5-45, navigating life with a variety of mental health needs or who have experienced difficulties throughout a transition or adjustment period. I have experience in residential, alternative school, in-home and outpatient settings. I use a person-centered approach, meeting clients where they are and helping them to recognize their strengths, value and resilience, and build upon those traits and experiences. I utilize mindfulness, cognitive behavioral, strengths based and solution focused techniques.

Do you care where I went to school? I’m a first generation college grad. I put myself through school, starting in community college in Northern Virginia and eventually completing my Bachelor’s of Social Work at George Mason University in 2007. I then earned my Master’s in Social Work from George Mason University in 2011. I obtained my Licensed Clinical Social Worker status in Virginia in 2013.

When I’m not working, I spend way too much time eating tacos, listening to 90’s rap and binging reality TV. I’m fun, in a boring kind of way.

 

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