About Ari Hernández

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Individual and Couples Relationship Therapist
San Diego, CA

Ari Hernández

Becoming a Relationship Therapist

After taking my first psychology class in high school, I quickly became invested in learning about the human mind and behaviors. Through past volunteer and work experiences, I gained a passion for helping those in need but I also encountered how stigma related to mental health prevents people from seeking help. As a therapist, I am dedicated to finding ways in which mental health can be more relatable, approachable, and tailored to the specific needs of each individual, couple, and family in order to help them get the support they need.

Counseling Philosophy

No matter where we come from, what we look like, or who we love, we tend to place value on our well-being and the well-being of those we love. Our mental health is a part of this well-being. My goal is to provide a safe space and supportively help you find solutions tailored to your unique needs. I understand that change is hard. It is not something that happens overnight and it takes time and effort. As your therapist, I am here to provide guidance in the process of getting you to where you want to be.

Counseling Style and Strengths

We each have unique lived experiences that help shape our identity and our understanding of the world. I work collaboratively with clients in order to find preferred narratives to their stories. I use a strengths-based approach that separates clients from their problems and strive to meet each client where they are at, according to their own specific needs and goals. I have an empathetic, calm, and friendly demeanor and provide a space in which each client feels comfortable and heard.

Professional Counseling Background

Working as a flight attendant for almost seven years exposed me to many different places and people from all walks of life. These experiences led to me become an inclusive therapist focused on client care that is culturally affirming and that celebrates all identities and abilities. I also have experience in treatment planning with children, youth, and families and have trained in Gottman Method with couples.

Professional Therapist Credentials and Training

  • Northcentral University: Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology (in progress, 2023)
  • Pepperdine University: M.A. in Clinical Psychology, MFT
  • Active Memberships:
    • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)
    • American Family Therapy Academy (AFTA)
    • American Psychological Association (APA)
    • California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT)
    • National Latina/o Psychological Association (NLPA)

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