• Dr. Ariel Maria, PhD, LMHC

    As a counselor, I believe the client is the expert in their own lives. My role is to help the client navigate the challenges that make it difficult for us to achieve our goals and live our most fulfilling lives. I view the counseling relationship as a collaborative process. I believe that with empathy and radical genuineness we can establish the best foundation for our healing journey. Through a strengths-based and trauma-informed approach, I have helped countless individuals and couples overcome the barriers we encounter throughout our lives. I use cognitive behavioral (CBT) and solution-focused approaches in my work. I also incorporate strategies from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and mindfulness practice in helping my clients overcome their current struggles.

    I am a licensed mental health counselor (LMHC) in the state of New York with doctoral-level clinical training. I hold a Master’s degree and a PhD in mental health counseling and have been practicing the counseling profession for over 12 years. My clinical experience includes working with clients of all ages and diverse backgrounds experiencing a wide range of clinical issues including adjustment issues, stress management, self-esteem issues, grief, and addictions. I specialize in anxiety and depression, marital and relationship issues, as well as adolescent and teen issues. I am a clinical supervisor with a wealth of experience in training and developing interns and new clinicians. I provide services in both English and Spanish.