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Ariel Schlesinger

Mental Health Counsellor

BSc (Hons)  Psychology


  • Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) (Psychology).
  • Diploma of Community Services.
  • Diploma of Fine Art.
  • Work experience:
  • Private online counselling practice, arielrowan.com/counselling (five years).
  • Lecturer (Psychology), Charles Sturt University (two years).
  • Mentor/tutor, Indigenous Academic Support Program, Charles Sturt University.
  • Family Support worker (3 years).

Therapeutic Approaches:

  • Positive Psychology.
  • Humanistic therapy.
  • Narrative therapy.
  • Art therapy.
  • Transpersonal psychology.
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
  • Acceptance and Commitment therapy.
  • “Lived Experience” informed practice. Lived experience includes:
  • Living with chronic physical illness (Type 1 Diabetes).
  • Living with a chronic mental illness (Type 1 Bipolar disorder).
  • Being a parent of three children.
  • Cessation of AOD use.
  • Being a member of the LGBTQI+ community.

Why my approach is important and how my approach will benefit my clients:

My practice not only assists my clients but helps in reducing stigma in society. I am part of the growing movement of individuals living successfully with mental-ill health who are participating in Allied Health.

In terms of my practice, my lived experience-based therapy allows me to sit beside clients from all walks of life. My ability to relate helps my clients to feel that positive outcomes are possible through the evidence-based therapy that I offer