Aria Michaels Paradise


About Me

For the last 16 years, my philosophy towards therapy has been first and foremost to honor the trust that you've placed in my position as guide and witness. Every client, every session, is unique, and I celebrate this in my regard for your innate wisdom and personal sovereignty. My practice is borne from an integrated and interdisciplinary approach to wellness and healing, and balances both Western scientific and Eastern holistic perspectives. I approach each session from a humanistic, person centered and informed approach. As a guide, I help you evolve toward a more empowering path to your life, while also focusing on short and long term goals. My areas of focus include anxiety and mood disorders, trauma, eating disorders, LBGT awareness, and transitional issues, i.e. feeling "stuck", and not sure how to proceed.

In terms of training, I have been working in the human services field since 2001, earned my MSW in Clinical Social Work from Smith College in 2004, and have been independently licensed since 2007. I have experience working in both inpatient and outpatient settings and have additional training in eating disorders, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, and the Seeking Safety and Creating Change approach to trauma and substance abuse disorders. I also have training in meditation, yoga, and stress reduction techniques.

I honor and value my relationships with each of you, your perspectives and life experiences. I very much look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship, Family, Grief, Intimacy-related, Eating, Sleeping, Anger, Career, Bipolar

Years of Experience: 13


LICSW #113952 (Expires: 2018-10-01)


Written by A.L. on Dec 08, 2017 after counseling with Aria for 2 months stress, anxiety, addictions, trauma and abuse, and eating

As a therapist myself, I am very picky about my own therapy- so I have avoided it for years. Aria “gets” me. I have a significant amount of medical trauma, and she has helped me gain insight into some of my compensatory behaviors. She is extremely supportive and checks in on me in between sessions. She has a calm demeanor, and always has great feedback.

Written by A.L. on Sep 29, 2017 after counseling with Aria for 2 months grief

Aria is an insightful, competent, and caring therapist. Her questions are always spot on and lead one to greater understanding of oneself. I am so pleased with the progress that we have made together and would recommend Aria to anyone seeking counseling.

Written by M.I. on Sep 13, 2017 after counseling with Aria for 2 months stress, anxiety, self esteem, and career

Aria is extremely perceptive and sensitive to her clients' needs and concerns. She has the gift of asking thoughtful questions and listening to her clients with the full intention of understanding.

Written by I.R. on Jul 22, 2017 after counseling with Aria for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, self esteem, anger, and career

My experience so far with Aria has been great! Thank you!

Written by F.R. on Jul 11, 2017 after counseling with Aria for 2 weeks depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem

She is a great therapist.