ARIEL YABEK MA, LMFT
Welcome! I am so glad our paths have crossed. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 12 years clinical experience. My approach is holistic and integrative. Holistic refers to my understanding that, as human beings, we are complex and all aspects of our being- physical, emotional, social and spiritual- must be considered when it comes to development and healing. Integrative refers to the value I place in unifying the many aspects of self, community and how we make sense of our experiences.
Therapy is a journey of courage- a journey in service of self-discovery, insight and change. I am a dedicated, honest and compassionate partner along this journey. Within the context of an emotionally safe environment, I support individuals, couples and families navigate relationship issues, life transitions, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, stress-management, sexual orientation, gender identity and addictions.
My approach is deeply anchored in the value of cultivating trust and safety, not only in the therapeutic relationship, but in all relationships. I utilize a Relational model, which incorporates mindfulness practice as well as cutting edge research in the field of Interpersonal Neurobiology. I have also begun the journey of a three-year training program in Somatic Experience, which is a highly effective method of resolving trauma.
It is an honor to facilitate the challenging, yet rewarding work of growth and change. I invite you to reach out and schedule an appointment if you are feeling ready to explore this journey towards health and wholeness.
Addiction (drugs/ alcohol/ relationships)
Grief and Loss
LGBTQ Issues/ Sexual Orientation/ Gender Identity
Intimacy and DatingLoneliness/ Social Isolation/ Alienation
Career Struggles/ Life Purpose
Money and Spending Issues
Spirituality/ Mindfulness and Meditation
Relationship and Community Building
Self-Care/ Developing Healthy Boundaries
Education and Training:
Antioch University, Masters in Arts in Clinical Psychology
Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy
Graduated in March 2005
Sonoma State University, Bachelors in Arts in Philosophy
Graduated with Distinctions in May 2001
Relational Gestalt Training, The Relational Center 2008-2010
Currently enrolled and practicing to become a Somatic Experience (Trauma Resolution Therapy) Practitioner – based on the work of Peter Levine