About me

I have been been working in the mental health field for over 27 years. I currently have a Master of Arts in Community Counseling. I am a certified right response instructor as well as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor. I have received training in techniques of various modalities of counseling. To include but not limited to, solution focused therapy, motivational interviewing, certification in trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, family structures and systems, play therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy and dialectical behavior therapy.

Much of my specialization is in dealing with teens in crisis. I am currently the program director for a local adolescent crisis program that deters youth from being removed from their homes. When crisis hits us it can be debilitating for all involved. For well over 25 years I have been going into homes, schools, community activity programs and at times the work place. This has allowed for closer relationships with many of my clients and their families. These relationships have improved the outcomes for many.

Specifically, most of my life's experience is in working with teens ages 11 to 18. Often times teens are not really heard and it is my hope to empower these teens to be able to speak for themselves in a way that allows others to listen. To build self esteem, self confidence and a hope for a better tomorrow. The idea is also to assist in discussing the roles in each family and how to improve those relationships. At times the issue may be school or some other type of extra curricular program/activity that your teen is engaged in. My job would be to look at every or any thing that may be impacting your child as well as other members in the home. Together we will work to improve the communication between all members in the home so that all feel heard and appreciated.

I also believe that I need to spend time with the guardian, perhaps alone in order to join with you and understand your expectations for your home. If needed we will work on behavior plans, positive activities and family dynamics. Family dynamics may not always be so obvious to the parent in that when we are so close to it, we can miss some important details. Perhaps you as the guardian are also struggling because you feel you have no tools in your tool bag to assist your family. My job will be to help you fill that bag with tools that will empower you to assist in growing a healthier happier family.

It is my belief that trust works both ways. It is not expected that you will want to come in and divulge your every little secret. In little time the working partnerships between counselor and family members will be established to assist in beginning your journey to a happier and healthier home. As a result of these positive relationships the home will stabilize. There will be less worry and calm where once there may have been stressors due to the situation.

Unfortunately many of life’s events lead to high anxiety, depression, defiance and a lack of motivation. Many have suffered post traumatic stress or other environmental stress factors such as drop in grades, lack of/or overly social environment, employment and economic issues. When life hits it often affects our own relationships with those we love. This is primarily because what affects one person in a group of others, often affects the others as well. This is also true of couples who may not be getting along, families who argue excessively, lack of family engagement or a child who has difficulty in a particular area.

Personally, it is my belief that in order to tackle a problem it takes more than just one problem solver. Therefore it is important to bring to the table those who support you in your everyday lives. This may include, spouses, pastors, coaches, cousins, siblings, best friends and other family members to name a few. There are many people who do not feel as though they do have a support system. The idea is to discover your support system when perhaps you think you have none. This way you will always have support and eventually diminish the need for a counselor who is not typically a part of your every day support group.

While it is important that each person strives to be the best version of themselves it is also just as important that all involved in any way have a voice. To better oneself it must be important to understand our own abilities, strengths and needs. There are times when it seems difficult to see the beautiful in our lives and this would be a great time to pull in one of your supports. Remember, the idea is to be free of counseling one day and this is how we become empowered to move forward.

In all actuality I’m a realist. That is to say that I tend to focus on why it is you are coming to see me and focusing on what it is you want to tackle in the moment. It is also very important to consider what is happening today that has caused your need to seek assistance, now. That is to say let’s keep it real. Being transparent is of utmost importance if the counseling relationship is to grow. There is nothing that will be said on my behalf that is not genuine as I believe this is how that trust grows. In the same manner it is important that you feel as if you can be transparent without judgment with your counselor.

Due to the many years of crisis counseling it is my belief that there is nothing I haven’t seen. This because during crisis is when we are also most vulnerable. During these times many will say and do things that may not have occurred minus the crisis. This is understandable so it is important that you understand there is no perfect person. The goal is to strive to feel and be a better version of yourself.

As a mental health professional the most insightful thing I have learned is that everybody is different in that they have their own thoughts and desires. However, we are all the same in that most people really do want to feel a strong sense of confidence, self esteem and in the end self actualization. The better one feels about themselves the greater the chance of improving ones circumstances. It is therefore important to understand how the past effects you and your family today (without dwelling in the past) and how to use that fact to your advantage for a better tomorrow.


Specialties

  • Family conflicts
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Parenting issues
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Stress, Anxiety , LGBT , Relationship issues , Grief , Anger management , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , ADHD , Abandonment , Adoption and Foster Care , Antisocial Personality , Attachment Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Internal Family Systems

Years of Experience: 27

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

FL LMHC MH13500


Reviews

These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Ariadna Hoots. We don’t pay anyone to provide their review and they are all made voluntarily. Some people's experience receiving therapy with Teen Counseling might be different.

Written on Nov 22, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

Awesome listener, excellent speaker. She listens but she also provides solid and objective feedback. If you can't handle the truth she may not be for you but why would you want lies? Accept the truths whether good, bad or ugly and learn to heal. She will help you on your journey. Highly recommend her.

Written on Nov 10, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 1 month

Addy has been very helpful in a professional yet humorous way. Thanks!

Written on Nov 07, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 6 months

She is simply outstanding

Written on Oct 01, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 4 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

She is not just my therapist, she is my friend. She understands me and make me laugh and she made me realise that I am more than I think i am.

Written on Sep 11, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and trauma and abuse

Said everything that I needed to hear during our sessions. So happy I was able to work with her.

Written on Aug 12, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 4 days

I was scared because I didn't know what to expect. I'm so used to being verbally abused. But, Ariadna Hoots was so kind, supportive, loving and thoughtful. I certainly didn't expect that!!! She made me feel secure, protected and comfortable. I am looking forward to our next session.

Written on Jul 14, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Ari made me understand better of myself

Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, self esteem, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Ms Hoots is a considerate, warm, and empathetic therapist who understands my concerns and gives me targeted homework to help me get to a better place.

Written on May 24, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, parenting issues, and self esteem

I have nothing more to add. Proper, in depth, thoughtful, jovial, easy going and experienced. It has so far been a pleasure working with Ariadna.

Written on Apr 21, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, anger management, and coping with life changes

She is a gift!! I'm so grateful for being connected to her. She is very knowledgeable and has helped me in ways I could not have helped myself! She cares and you really feel seen and heard. She's organized and she will challenge you to get to a better place! Highly recommend her!!

Written on Apr 20, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, grief, parenting issues, and self esteem

The first session with Ariadna got me hooked, I was blown away by her expertise and the way and manner in which she took her time to understand me and show me different but better perspectives to the issues I was having. I’ll highly recommend Ari to anyone looking for a therapist to work with. You’ll never regret you did

Written on Apr 07, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ariadna has been such an amazing therapist throughout my journey and I am so grateful and blessed to have been paired with her.

Written on Apr 05, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 months

My experience with Ariadna was very good. I felt really comfortable talking with her and she really helped a lot. I definitely feel so much better after talking with her. She’s an amazing therapist and she gives great advice and she definitely boosted my slef esteem.

Written on Mar 21, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

Ariadna has helped me tremendously. At first I was a bit hesitant on seeking therapy but she has ensured that I felt comfortable every step of the way.

Written on Mar 05, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 6 months on issues concerning relationship issues, and intimacy-related issues

Ariadna is wonderful. With her help, I have totally tranformed my life.

Written on Feb 12, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, anger management, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, and adhd

We have really enjoyed our time with Mrs. Addi. She has helped us so much in just a few sessions with her . We always look forward to our time with her each week. I would definitely refer her to anyone.

Written on Feb 07, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, depression, self esteem, relationship issues, and adhd

Ari is great! She listens and makes me feel understood!

Written on Feb 03, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 weeks on issues concerning relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, and compassion fatigue

I have already recommended Ariadna to a friend!

Written on Feb 01, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, and coping with life changes

Ari is caring, present, and concerned about my growth and well being. I appreciate her.

Written on Jan 26, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 1 year and 3 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Ari has been amazing and I’m very grateful for her honest and direct insights. I always felt heard and she provided me with tools to view situations and conflicts with my partner and family from a different perspective. I feel confident and am better able to express myself while being respectful and accepting of others as well. I’m very grateful for all her help and support !

Written on Jan 02, 2022 after therapy with Ariadna for 4 weeks on issues concerning family conflicts

I’m in a pretty bad place now, Ari does a great job in helping me focus on what I need to do and how to handle the situation I’m in. I feel blessed to have her during this time.

Written on Feb 05, 2021 after therapy with Ariadna for 1 week on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and relationship issues

Ari is a fantastic counselor and I would recommend her to anyone. I've only had two sessions with her so far and I am positive that she is going to help me change my life, because she's already doing it. Firstly, her level of commitment and investment in me has been unprecedented in my experience with other counselors. She's tough when necessary but always kind, helps you see the truth, and helps you to change you so that the relationships and world around you will also change. She really gets to know you and always spends the necessary time with you in the sessions. She is really a force to be reckoned with and I would highly recommend her to anyone I know!

Written on Dec 23, 2020 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 months on issues concerning relationship

She is insightful and very caring and honest

Written on Dec 22, 2020 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, and self esteem

Ari has been a huge help! She challenges me to think of things from a different perspective.

Written on Dec 20, 2020 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I would reccommend Ariana for everyone who needs someone whom you can build trust in no time. She is always actively lisening, not directly giving you advice, but makes you realize the right steps, and you can be sure that she remembers why you are here and she keeps her focus on guiding you to a better life.

Written on Dec 19, 2020 after therapy with Ariadna for 2 months

Ariadna is an incredible counselor and is truly a blessing! She seeks to understand who you truly are, what your goals and passions are, what you want to overcome, and the why behind it all. She is realistic in addressing challenges but also says exactly what you need to hear in order to take the steps to overcome them. She speaks truth into your life, and is so passionate about helping you. I am so grateful for her, and her desire to seek God’s wisdom through it all.

Written on Oct 28, 2020 after therapy with Ariadna for 4 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, coaching, and adhd

I absolutely love her! She helps me to see things from a variety of different perspectives. She has been teaching me the importance of self love. And putting my needs first. Suggest her to anyone ❤️

Written on Oct 20, 2020 after therapy with Ariadna for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and coping with life changes

She is awesome

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