After a brief flirtation with a career in music, Ari attended the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, focusing his studies in positive sexuality. He then earned two master’s degrees in counseling psychology at Columbia University, where his training centered around social justice and multicultural concerns in therapy. While at Columbia, Ari also earned a post-graduate certificate studying LGBTQ+ issues and working with open/poly/CNM individuals.
Ari has given guest-lectures on positive sexuality at University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University and his work on consensual non-monogamy was featured at the 2020 APA Convention. He has facilitated workshops on positive psychology in the work place at Fordham University and he holds a primary certificate in REBT from the Albert Ellis Institute. Currently, Ari is working toward certification as a sex therapist.
Ari’s approach to therapy is both warm and active. Integrating a number of approaches in his work, he draws his strongest influences from relational and positive psychotherapy, paying careful attention to his clients’ hopes, their strengths, and the important people in their lives. Operating from a philosophy that his clients are much more than the problems they bring with them to therapy, Ari strives to ensure his therapeutic space is a place of safety, empowerment, healing, growth, and sometimes — a place bursting with laughter.