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Professional Portfolio

Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Arielle is a Maryland Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Army Veteran, and Ph.D. Student. Arielle earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Delaware State University and her Master's Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Walden University. She is pursuing her Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, which she hopes to complete by 2023. Arielle has been working in the mental health field for over six years. She has experience with various mental health disorders specializing in providing EMDR for trauma clients. 

Before private practice, Arielle worked with active-duty military soldiers at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center Adult Outpatient Behavioral Health. Over the last 6+ years, Arielle has gained experience in the mental health field, providing individual counseling to substance abuse clients, facilitating Child/teen self-esteem groups, marriage therapy, and trauma therapy for adults. 

Beyond clinical work, Arielle has been a public speaker at:

Youth Empowerment Seminar- Winchester VA- Topic: Boundaries and self-esteem

Creating Community Conversations- Frederick, Maryland- Topic: Black Women's Mental Health

Lupus Walk for Delaware State University-Topic: Empowerment after complicated grief. 

Arielle's approach to counseling and supervision is very person-centered. The primary technique involved in person-centered therapy is reflection. She believes there are four primary goals a person will achieve in successful person-centered treatment. They will become open to new experiences, learn to trust themselves, develop an internal evaluation of themselves, and be willing to continue growing throughout their lifetime.

Counseling Lens

Humanistic: Humanistic counseling theories hold that people have within themselves all the resources they need to live healthy and functional lives and that problems occur as a result of restricted or unavailable problem-solving resources. Humanistic counselors see their role not as one of directing clients in how to address their problems but, rather, as one of helping clients to discover and access within themselves the restricted resources they need to solve problems on their own. Some currently preferred humanistic counseling therapies include person-centered, existential, emotion-focused, Gestalt, and positive psychology.

Teaching Philosophy


Arielle's philosophy on teaching is an engaged pedagogy. As Educational Philosopher Bell Hooks talks about in Teaching to Transgress (1994), teaching in a manner that respects and cares for the soul of students is essential to successful outcomes. Arielle incorporates lectures, seminars, and experiential learning, where the students can learn the skills and competencies of becoming a counselor educator.

 

Arielle says, "As a counselor educator, my role is to teach students to become the best counselors they can be. To achieve this goal, we will integrate the knowledge we already have with new knowledge using group discussions, whether online or in person. I believe that each student has unique expertise and experiences to share that will help the group learn from different perspectives".

Malcolm Knowles's theory of andragogy is what Arielle believes about adult learners. They take responsibility for their learning, which is her experience as a learner. As a counselor educator, based on her understanding of theory and subjective lens, She believes that adults are capable of self-directed learning and benefit from it because of adulthood's busyness. It allows the adult to be in control of their success. The teacher will take the role of facilitator and be present to offer guidance along the way.

 

 

 

 

 

Supervision Philosophy

 In Arielle's supervision philosophy, she likes to use Bernard's Discrimination Model. Arielle uses narrative techniques to help reduce supervisee anxiety, promote creativity, and explore and solidify personal and vocational values. Like Arielle's therapy approach, her response is always specific to the supervisee's needs, meeting them where they are. The supervisees can get what they need, whether teacher, counselor, or consultant. Arielle would like to provide supervision to clinicians who treat trauma. She will integrate a trauma-sensitive approach focused on assessing for and addressing vicarious trauma, countertransference, and burnout.

Supervision Experience: Walden University- Summer 2021, Fall 2021 Pre Practicum I & II