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Michael Arieta, LCSW, LICSW

Stress, Anxiety Relationship issues Family conflicts Trauma and abuse Depression
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About me

I am a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker licensed in Minnesota and Arizona. I am also an adoption competent Therapist credentialed with the CASE foundation and the Training in Adoption Competence program along with certification through the University of Minnesota's center for advanced studies in child welfare. I have been practicing for over ten years with many clients facing a wide variety of issues.

I am trauma trained and competent and my counseling style connects clients to their bodies first. I am an engaging and dynamic therapist who sticks with clients until they have a sense of resolution to their issues. I approach clients with curiosity and engage with them to find out what is happening . I see each new problem as a process that the client and I work together to resolve. I look forward to working with you on your journey to a better life.

Professional experience

3yrs in practice

Additional areas of focus: Addictions, LGBT, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Parenting issues, Anger management, Self esteem, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Abandonment, Adoption and Foster Care, Attachment Issues, BDSM, Kink, Alternative Sex Culture, Caregiver Issues and Stress, Chronic Pain Illness and Disability, Coping with Natural or Human-Caused Disaster, Domestic Violence, Family of Origin Issues, Family Problems, Forgiveness, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Life Purpose, Men's Issues, Post-traumatic Stress, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues

Clinical approaches: Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Existential Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Somatic Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

License information


MN LICSW 11281


These quotes represent just a few of the many positive reviews that we have received for Michael Arieta. 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.

I’ve been a client of Mike’s for nearly a year and I can attest that he is the most thoughtful, attentive & caring therapist that I have ever worked with. One of the most profound things that sets him apart is that, with or without a scheduled appointment he will instinctively reach out to you and check on your well-being, perfectly timing it for much needed encouragement & upliftment.

Written on Jan 12, 2023 after therapy with Michael for 9 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, and adhd

I appreciate the help he's providing, I been going through a really tough time lately, better help honestly is really helpful, I just wish more people used this. Thank you

Written on Oct 27, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, sleeping disorders, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, bipolar disorder, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

I really like how Michael works with my son Jimmy. It is good for Jimmy to have someone other than his mother to talk with. Jimmy has responded positively to Michael. I think it is so valuable for Jimmy to feel heard. Thanks.

Written on Oct 14, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, eating disorders, parenting issues, self esteem, coping with life changes, and coaching

Mike is smart, insightful and helpful. He's like a friend who understands your needs and listens emphatically.

Written on Oct 06, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, sleeping disorders, coaching, and compassion fatigue

Michael is in Demand. My only comment is that his schedule does not coincide with mine making scheduling sessions a challenge.

Written on Aug 16, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 2 months on issues concerning grief

I mainly needed suggestions and Michael did a great job providing them. He listened attentively and was able to share knowledgeable and wise suggestions. Thanks

Written on Jun 15, 2022 after therapy with Michael for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety