Hi there! My name is Ariel Rendt Padron and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) from Colorado who is here to help you with whatever it is that has led you to this moment of seeking out support, which I know can be a challenging step to take. I would love to help you get through whatever challenges or experiences you are facing with more ease and security.
I received my Master's of Social Work from the University of Denver, and since that time have been providing mental health services to people in my community. I have worked with a variety of ages, with most of my experience taking place with school-aged children, adolescents and teens. I have worked in community mental health, schools, adoption agencies, and in a legal setting. Most of my experience has been related to trauma (PTSD), depression, or anxiety, though I have also served clients who struggle with persistent mental health concerns (like Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Borderline Personality Disorder, etc.), eating disorders, relationship struggles (especially rebuilding trust), parenting/family support, and self-esteem issues. My approach to every individual I meet is that they are more than just a diagnosis, and the purpose of a diagnosis is to aid me in determining where to start in helping a person discover their full potential, rather than defining who a person is. I would describe myself as an open-minded therapist, meaning I do not get easily offended and I am open to meeting a client in their own frame of reference (I am not stuck on conventional ways of thinking). I enjoy the therapeutic process and working with and for my clients to help them achieve their goals, or discovering their goals which sometimes can seem elusive.
To help you learn a little about me and my approaches, I tend to work from a strengths-based perspective which means I focus on the things you do well and help you use those to achieve your goals and get through challenges. This means that we will focus on discussing things you already do in order to help yourself get through this new transition period in your life. I also utilize mindfulness techniques, which can help people who struggle with anxiety or depression to stay present in the moment and not get overwhelmed by big feelings. I try to be as client-centered as possible (which means meeting you where you are at and not having too many expectations of what you are or are not ready for). I look forward to talking with you in more detail and getting to know you better. Please know you can reach out if you need clarification, have questions, or just want to talk. I’m here. I can work from a specific schedule, or I can be flexible if that is something easier for you to manage, just let me know whether you prefer a more structured approach or more flexibility. Looking forward to working with, and for, you!
- Stress, Anxiety
- Family conflicts
- Trauma and abuse
- Anger management
Addictions , Relationship issues , Grief , Eating disorders , Parenting issues , Self esteem , Career difficulties , Bipolar disorder , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Adoption and Foster Care , Attachment Issues , Blended Family Issues , Body Image , Caregiver Issues and Stress , Codependency , Commitment Issues , Communication Problems , Control Issues , Dependent Personality , Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder (DMDD) , Dissociation , Divorce and Separation , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Eating and Food-Related Issues , Emptiness , Family of Origin Issues , Family Problems , Fatherhood Issues , First Responder Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Impulsivity , Isolation/Loneliness , Jealousy , Life Purpose , Military and Veterans Issues , Money and Financial Issues , Mood Disorders , Narcissism , Obsessions, Compulsions, and OCD , Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks , Paranoia , Personality Disorders , Phobias , Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships , Postpartum Depression , Posttraumatic Stress , Pregnancy and Childbirth , Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling) , Self-Harm , Self-Love , Sexual Assault and Abuse , Sexuality , Social Anxiety and Phobia , Somatization , Women's Issues , Workplace Issues , Young Adult Issues Read more...
Attachment-Based Therapy, Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
LCSW #09926547 (Expires: 2021-08-31)
I started working with Ariel after admittedly being jaded by repeatedly awful experiences with therapists in the past. She has been the best therapist I’ve had, by far. Ariel is a great listener. She allows me to move at my own pace and process thoughts fully. She helped me uncover trauma that I didn’t know I had experienced, identify and challenge thought patterns that were keeping me stuck, and gave me homework that I actually wanted to do. She’s the first therapist I’ve been able to trust. I would absolutely recommend Ariel, especially to anyone dealing with trauma and/or depression.
Ariel is an excellent listener; she quickly 'got' me and I trusted that she had a good understanding of who I am after just a couple of sessions. This is not always the case when looking for a new therapist and I felt incredibly lucky. I worked with her for a few months to discuss some family stressors and I now feel much more prepared to navigate some of my more challenging relationships. I wouldn't hesitate to work with her again, she's great!
I am so thankful I got to work with Ariel for approximately 10 weeks. She was great at listening and helping me through the issues I was facing with relationships. I wouldn’t hesitate to work her with again in the future.
Ariel does a great job!
We love Ariel, she is very prompt and effective within a 30 minute time frame. I feel like the sessions are progressive and I like how she doesn't ask open ended, baiting questions. Her talking points keep the conversation moving instead of us drowning on about our sorrows and fights. We love the tools she has given us and even if the relationship doesn't pull through I still have gained tools to help me work through future disagreements.
I have spoken with a few counselors over the years here and there. None of them worked out because i felt they weren't understanding the help I needed. Ariel definitely does, it's not just about what she says in response, but you can see that she truly hears and understands you. She makes it easy to be open and honest which can be very difficult to do with someone you don't "know". I look forward to working with Ariel for a long time and i hope everyone who needs someone great, gets a chance to do so as well!
In my short time in therapy with Ariel, I have found her to be a responsive, empathetic, and knowledgeable counselor. She has helped me a lot already and I look forward to working with her into the future. She has lots of experience with different therapy modalities and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for help!
I've tried in-person counseling multiple times and nothing has been as effective as meeting weekly with Ariel has been. From the very beginning Ariel has done an excellent job of thoughtfully gathering information on my background and then using that to present me with exercises and thinking that challenges my anxiety in a good way. I feel comfortable letting my guard down around Ariel to get some serious work done and feel grateful that I found such a good fit so quickly! Having a super-communicative, kind, thoughtful, engaged, and readily available counselor has been a game-changer. I look forward to working with Ariel for many months to come. Thanks Ariel!
Working with Ariel has been a great experience so far. She has been a great asset in helping me see some misconstrued expectations I have for myself and my relationships as well as being very mindful and open about where I am in my progress and what our steps to move forward are. It is also clear she keeps thinking about her clients outside of the sessions and messaging to brainstorm and come into the next interaction with new ideas.
My daughter likes her sessions and does feel like she is helping her out.