Arilene Valdez, BA

Therapist

My name is Ari Valdez and I am a therapist with Ellie Mental Health. I have been in the mental health field since 2019 and it brings me so much joy and fulfillment to serve my community on an individual level. For me, therapy can be a vital part of growth and healing. Therapy is not a one size fits all and all therapists come from different walks of life the same that clients do! I enjoy providing my client with a casual and safe place to share what they are feeling and experiencing. My goal is to ensure my client feels not just comfortable, but unconditionally accepted. The feeling of vulnerability can be a hard feeling to conquer, but with patience and open communication I believe that my clients and I can find a way to connect on a restorative level.

Outside of the therapeutic space, you can find me at the gym, painting for fun, or spending time with my family and friends. I am social butterfly through and through, and creating a network of folks I enjoy helps fill my cup. I am not a artsy person, but I truly love to create and discover things on an artistic level. I also enjoy listening to music and spending time breathing in fresh air while on a small run.