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Ariana Ortega, LCSW
Helping clients to develop healthy coping and problem-solving skills is my specialty.

Our Team

Ariana Ortega, LCSW

Location

Licensed In

CA

Other Languages

Approach

Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), Emotionally focused therapy (EFT), Harm reduction, Mindfulness-based cognitive therapy (MBCT), Motivational interviewing (MI), Psychodynamic, Relational, Solution-focused, Strengths-based

Therapy Style

Life situations can sometimes be extremely difficult, and counseling can be a helpful tool in progressing beyond and through certain challenges. Helping clients to develop healthy coping and problem-solving skills is my specialty. My areas of interest are relationships, attachments, families, grief, personal growth and resiliency. I specialize in treating all types of trauma, stress, anxiety, depression and an array of issues that influence mood, functioning and self-worth. I take a person-centered approach in working with each individual.

I believe that the therapeutic relationship is what guides healing. Therefore, I provide an authentic, strength-based, and holistic treatment experience. Sometimes life can be overwhelming to the point where it is hard to see positivity or purpose. It is important to know that you do not have to do it alone. It is my goal to walk beside you in your journey to ease your fears and concerns while supporting your goals and promoting your highest level of personal growth. I look forward to working with you on your journey!

Education

MSW - Social Work, California State University, Long Beach

License Number and State

CA 80560

Pronouns

she/her

Why did you become a mental health professional?

I became a mental health therapist because I realized early on that I enjoy the journey of self-discovery, exploration and healing. If I think of the darkest moments in my life and of those around me, I know how powerful it can be to have someone there supporting and encouraging you to be your best and most authentic self. I think it is powerful and an honor to be able to walk a long someone through their personal transformation and growth.

What is one thing you do daily that supports your well-being?

Something I do every day is taking a walk at the park. My day starts after I drop off my daughter at school. I am able to walk at my pace, listen to my music or podcast and just enjoy the sun and fresh air while getting my steps in.

Favorite organization/non-profit?

My favorite non-profit organization is Surfrider. I have been volunteering with them since I was in high school. I think that caring for our environment, specifically our ocean, is detrimental to our future and our planet.

Do you have any pets?

I have one dog, Domingo, and he is a little fighter and survivor. He is a pitbull and we rescued him from a pound when he was a puppy. My favorite story of him is one that shows his resilience and strength to want to live. A few weeks after we rescued him we found out he was very sick and had been diagnosed with Parvo. Quickly he lost a lot of weight, was sick and we were told he would not make it. But with care and lots of love he was able to fight on and get better. As a family we wanted him to stay in our home and be a part of our family so we took turns caring for him while sick. After a few days, he got better on his own and I believe that with positive thoughts and love he was able to get better and survive.