Ariel VanDoren, M.A., LPC
I value curiosity and openness and have always sought to understand the world around me. The way we feel, think and behave is intertwined with how we see ourselves, which determines our perspective on life and effects the quality of our relationships. By way of personal life experiences and professional training, I believe that we can overcome adversity and reach our full potential. Finding a way to thrive rather then merely survive is fundamental component of True North Psychotherapy and how I approach the world.
I am a practicing Licensed Professional Counselor in the District of Columbia (#PRC 14494) and have experience working with families, adults, and adolescents in individual, family, and group therapy. I began my career working with at-risk adolescence and their families in California and then in the District of Columbia. I am very passionate about serving a wide range of individuals because I believe that our initial familial relationships serve as a foundation for subsequent relationships throughout our life span. Fostering caring relationships at any age, really, is healing and has been an integral part of my experience as a psychotherapist.
My approach is informed by attachment theory, person centered modalities, psychodynamic/relational theories, as well as cognitive behavioral and mindfulness techniques. Working from this perspective enables me to create a specialized treatment approach, while reinforcing your unique strengths.