Ariel Hirsch, M.A., MFTI
Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern
Asking for help is vulnerable, but it is also an act of courage. Dedicating time out of your week to prioritize self-exploration and growth is an incredible gift back to yourself. My goal as a counselor is to create a supportive, non-judgmental environment to explore and develop a deeper sense of self-awareness. I believe in a shame-free, co-created space where warmth, empathy and humor are not only valued, but encouraged. I bring my authenticity and curiosity to help foster a space where you can safely examine the parts of your life that don’t align with your vision for yourself.
I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Registered Intern and I work with adults and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, relationship/family issues, times of transition, and trauma. My background is feminist and strength-based, and grounded in the idea that therapy is at its best when the therapeutic relationship is strong. I am informed by Gestalt, somatic, and mindfulness principles, which means I work with you in the present moment to explore different ways that you can connect with yourself, either by paying attention to the stories and thoughts running through your mind or what your body may be trying to say. I honor your individuality and your unique way of connecting to the world, while taking into consideration the impact of personal history as well as the larger political and societal context.
I received my BA in Psychology with a minor in Human Sexuality at San Francisco State University, and earned my Master’s Degree in Integral Counseling Psychology at the California Institute of Integral Studies. I am a member of the California Association of Marriage & Family Therapists (CAMFT).