Ariel VanDoren, M.A., LPC
Everyone deserves the ability to realize true joy and happiness, overcome adversity and self-imposed limitations, and find their True North. I have always been passionate about the world around me, and have placed intrinsic importance on open communication, curiosity, and meaningful personal development. Our thoughts, feelings, and emotions are intertwined with our behavior and the view of our own self-worth, which in turn colors our perspective of life and the quality of our interpersonal relationships. The core values and client-centered foundation of True North Psychology are designed to take a holistic therapy approach that allows my clients the opportunity not merely to survive, but to thrive.
As a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia (#PRC 14494), I specialize in individual and group therapy for adults, adolescents, and families. My career began while working with at-risk adolescents and their families in California, and continued as I moved my practice to the District of Columbia. My services encompass a variety of reasons for treatment, including trauma, bereavement, anxiety, postpartum depression, family struggles, and career challenges, and with a unique blend of modalities that are specifically tailored to each client, I am passionate about fostering improved mental health, personal growth, and enhanced interpersonal relationships. Therapy can be a powerful tool for every age and every stage of life, and our initial familial relationships serve as a foundation for all subsequent relationships that are formed throughout our lifetimes. An integral part of my process as a psychotherapist is to give individuals and families the tools needed to manage their emotions and communicate effectively with care and compassion, especially through life’s biggest challenges.
After working with each client to define their unique needs, I plan a personalized treatment approach that encompasses a blend of methods and modalities designed to reach their targeted goals. Each plan may include components related to attachment theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Interpersonal Therapy, and a combination of mindfulness techniques, psychodynamic/relational theories, and existential methodologies. My treatment approach is always broken down into actionable steps and strategies that allow each client to create real-world connections to their past and present challenges, facilitating deep inner healing and forward progress.