Aria Michaels Paradise

(MA, MSW, LICSW)

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!


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Self esteem
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes

I also have experience in Addictions, LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder

Years of Experience: 14

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LICSW #113952 (Expires: 2021-06-30)


Reviews

Written by C.A. on Feb 13, 2019 after counseling with Aria for 3 weeks on issues concerning lgbt, and coping with life changes

I am in my 70th year and have had many, many therapists over the years, all helpful (or I would not have continued with them). I seek counseling whenever I feel stuck. I have had three sessions with Aria, and each session ended with a positive path forward for me. Amazing. She hits the nail right on the head over and over, explaining and encouraging. I am so very grateful for her.

Written by A.M. on Jan 02, 2019 after counseling with Aria for 1 year and 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, eating disorders, self esteem, and career difficulties

I worked with Aria for over a year and she helped me so much. I came to her initially with some disordered eating, anxiety, and some depression/negative thoughts. She really helped me learn to reframe my thoughts and my words so that I could be kind to myself. The insights she had along with the questions she posed to me helped me learn to challenge how society or external pressures were making me feel. I realized that outward pressures might be making me feel or think a certain way about myself, and those pressures aren’t reflective of who I am. It’s also nice to have a someone in a neutral position listen to your thoughts and fears. It’s so helpful to just get it all out and tell someone what is going on inside your head.

Written by V.A. on Aug 13, 2018 after counseling with Aria for 5 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, and bipolar

Aria does a great job of checking in with me while allowing me time to learn and internalize her insights on my own time. She has a good grasp on what my needs and concerns are, and uses her intelligence to respond accordingly.

Written by P.U. on Apr 03, 2018 after counseling with Aria for 2 weeks on issues concerning intimacy-related

Aria was always very timely in reaching out and acting proactively. She gave me a number of strategies to approach my situation. She was great and I appreciate the guidance.

Written by M.I. on Mar 26, 2018 after counseling with Aria for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, lgbt, relationship, family, self esteem, anger, and career

Aria is excellent and very helpful in helping understand what my feelings are.

Written by K.E. on Mar 15, 2018 after counseling with Aria for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, and self esteem

She has been great and has helped me through some very difficult personal issues.

Written by A.L. on Dec 08, 2017 after counseling with Aria for 2 months on issues concerning 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 on issues concerning 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 on issues concerning 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 on issues concerning 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 on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, lgbt, and self esteem

She is a great therapist.