My name is Ariana Waynes. I am passionate about self growth.
I became a therapist, because I wanted to spend time every day focusing my attention on growth. Whether I am offering therapy, teaching classes, facilitating groups, conversing with a friend, walking in the forest, meditating, reading a book, or taking a vacation, my focus is on growth. It is not just my work. It is the central focus of my life.
It is exceptionally hard to be a human being.
No one can do it alone.
I know how hard life can be. I know it can be overwhelming, confusing, and at times heartbreaking. I am here to help.
I believe that you can grow, heal, and transform even the hardest experiences in your life into strength, power, and wisdom.
People have an innate capacity for growth.
I love helping people discover, nourish, and develop that capacity. I love offering people the support they need to transform their lives and their relationships.
As a therapist, I am warm and kind, active and engaged, open and transparent. I am a real person that you can see and feel and get to know. I have the capacity to hold intense emotional expression with gravity and respect and also to engage in humor and play. I bring compassion, empathy, openmindedness, skill, sensitivity, and profound respect for human diversity to the work that I do. I do therapy with my heart, my mind, my body, and my spirit.
In our work together,
I support you in accessing the wisdom of your heart, your mind, your body,
and your spirit.
I believe that when people are integrated and connected with all parts of themselves, they feel more alive and more grounded, and they make choices that lead to greater health, well-being, engagement, and vitality.
Therapy is a collaborative process, co-created by all of the people involved. Each therapeutic relationship is unique. We work together to create the kind of therapeutic relationship that fosters your growth and allows you to flourish and thrive.
I am here to help you grow.
I am honored to be a partner in my clients' self-growth. I am inspired by what my clients share with me. I am moved by their stories, by the challenges they have overcome in their lives, and by the bravery that they demonstrate to face their fears, reveal themselves, grow themselves, and to keep working to heal the wounds of their past.
I love supporting my clients in
exploring, learning, growing,
and connecting in increasingly healthy ways
with the people in their lives.
Supporting my clients on their self-growth journeys also deepens my own self-growth work. In focusing my attention on how I may better serve my clients and how I may be an ever better psychotherapist for each individual client, group of individuals, or set of relationship partners, I am growing myself, in partnership with my clients.
I believe that psychotherapy is
a transformational partnership
for the self-growth of everyone involved.
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.
I hold a Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology, with an emphasis in Somatic Psychotherapy, from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Los Angeles.
I hold a Bachelor's Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies, with a concentration in Cross-Cultural Approaches to Creative Writing as Political Action, from U.C. Berkeley.
In addition to practicing psychotherapy, I also teach psychoeducational classes at Kaiser Permanente. I teach skills that help participants enhance their psychological health and well-being, incorporating mindfulness-based practices, healthy communication skills, assertiveness training, self-care, relaxation skills, and cognitive-behavioral approaches to transforming depression, anxiety, and stress.
My personal growth practices include: meditation, nature immersion, art-journaling, dance, and a wealth of important self-growth partnerships.
For more information about my professional background, I invite you to read my CV.
For more information about the values that underlie my work, I invite you to read my values statement.
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