About Me

Hello! My name is Ariel.
I was born and raised in rural Illinois. I completed my undergraduate studies in psychology, family and child studies as well as public health at Northern Illinois University. Once I realized that psychology was my passion I opted to head in the social work direction. This guided me towards achieving my Masters in Social Work from Aurora University. I've had the opportunity to work in a variety of settings including individual therapy, group therapy, psycho-educational groups, family therapy and crisis interventions. I have experience in helping clients who struggle with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, crisis situations and adjustment disorders.
My goal in therapy is to focus on the immediate stressors, process through them and work together to better manage. I use an eclectic approach moving between Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and empowerment techniques - but the most important thing is to meet you where you are at and what you would like to work on.
Thank you for taking the time to read about me - and if you have any other questions, please do not hesitate to ask!
I'm excited and look forward to working with you!


  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Self esteem
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Depression
Also experienced in:
Addictions , Relationship issues , Family conflicts , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Anger management , Coping with life changes

Clinical approaches:
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 5

Services Offered

  • Messaging

  • Live Chat


LCSW #149.020435 (Expires: 2023-11-30)


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

Written by A.N. on Nov 27, 2018 after therapy with Ariel for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, and self esteem

I’ve been Ariel for a bit of time now. She’s been wonderful and I’ve definitely seen a positive change in myself. I have never felt judged by her and I truly appreciate that. I can’t recommend Ariel enough!

Written by C.A. on Sep 13, 2018 after therapy with Ariel for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

She’s great at what she does! I’m so glad I was matched with her. I would definitely recommend. She knows what’s she’s doing and is very responsive. She’s the best.

Work with me!