My name is Ariel Powell and I am a licensed master social worker and therapist. I received my undergraduate degree in Communications from CUNY Hunter College. I received my master's in social work from the Silver School of Social Work at New York University. I completed a year-long internship at MindfulNYU creating mindfulness-based programs for students of color. I also have experience working in community and school-based settings.
I am passionate about working with ethnically diverse communities of color around their race, gender, sexual, spiritual, and cultural identities. I operate from an anti-oppressive lens to center the intersections of identity and culture and how they influence our environment and our relationships to support healing. I like to collaborate with my clients to create an authentic and personalized space that affirms your individual identities and incorporates your unique strengths to support and guide the healing journey.
I utilize modalities such as CBT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Somatic, Mindfulness, and other evidence-based techniques to help clients adopt healthier ways of navigating depression, stress, anxiety, communication, self-expression, interpersonal relationships, and challenges with life transitions. I also incorporate creative techniques such as artistic expression, journaling, music, video, and cinema therapy interventions.
I believe in increasing access and resources for mental health care to marginalized communities. As a member of the BIPOC community, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to seek and find wellness resources that see, hear, and validate us. I aim to hold space that encourages clients to express their authentic selves.
I currently provide therapy to clients who reside in the following boroughs and cities in the state of New York
The Bronx | Brooklyn | Manhattan | Queens
Staten Island | Mount Vernon | Long Island | New York City
Buffalo | Yonkers | Rochester | Syracuse
Albany | New Rochelle | Cheektowaga | Schenectady
I look forward to servicing clients in other cities within New York State as well.