Ariel Adams, MFT [Lic. # MFC29451], is a graduate of Reed college, Cornell University, and Cal State East Bay. She has a private practice in the East Bay, working with individuals, couples, and groups, with an emphasis on drama therapy. She brings a variety of perspectives into her work, including Eastern philosophies and practices, theater improv, and myth.

She has studied spiritual psychology with Claudio Naranjo and Hameed Ali, who integrate Eastern and Western approaches including the Enneagram, Gestalt therapy, and Reikian work; drama therapy with Sheila Rubin and Armand Volkas; and theater improv with Theater Workshop Boston, Sue Walden, and Ann Randolph.

She has worked as a therapist and group leader with the Institute for Personal Change in San Francisco (now located in Palo alto) and has led a groups in Berkeley, New York, Pittsburgh, and Cambridge, including Assertiveness Through Drama; Realizing Your Vision (co-led with Cris Jenkins at the Institute for Personal Change); and The Fifth Act.

At 50, she wrote her master’s thesis on the changing self-image of midlife women, and decided to develop into the mentor she wished for then. Her mission now is to help her clients become what they desire in their hearts to be and to live the life they passionately wish to live.