ARIEL YABEK, MA, LMFT
Welcome! I am so glad our paths have crossed. I am a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with over 15 years clinical experience. I support clients in addressing issues related to identity, relationship and belonging. My work is anchored in a Relational model of care whose aim is to support the development and maintenance of mutually beneficial and sustainable relationships. I work with clients to identify and cultivate resources, supports and protective factors so they may feel increasingly more empowered and effective in their lives. I am trauma and attachment informed. I am trained and certified in EMDR and am a "Master" level Reiki practitioner.
I view symptoms of anxiety, depression, fatigue and stress, not as "disorders" to be treated in isolation, but as "wise" signals, that something(s) in our context need attention. I work compassionately with clients, to discover what creative adjustments can be made-both internally and externally- to improve the overall quality of life.
Honoring diversity and complexity, I am a collaborator with clients who are marginalized, promoting values of dignity and life-affirming activism. Understanding oppression and emotional wellbeing are inextricably linked, I work with clients to dismantle harmful internalized beliefs as well as make necessary and brave adjustments in the environment.
My work with clients reflects my values of transparency, inclusivity, respect and courage. I am engaged in my own deep personal work, which includes unlearning false historical narratives, the ongoing harms of systemic racism and White privilege and learning how to be an anti-racist co-conspirator.
Areas of Practice Include:
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