Ariel Hayat

Individuals & Couples Therapy


I start with a trauma-informed approach, appreciating the impact that life challenges can have on one's mental, emotional, and physical state. I specialize in working with individuals who trauma, relationship challenges (individuals & couples), family conflict, chronic illness. For many, life experiences can become patterned and all consuming, and it can be difficult to move forward, change old patterns, and heal wounds. You want a fulfilling life where you are fully present, but find it difficult to imagine that this could even be possible. You desire healthy relationships with friends, family members, coworkers, and romantic partners, but find it difficult to set boundaries and are not sure where to start.

I meet you where you are, allowing you to share your experiences at a pace that feels safe and comfortable for you. From there, we will start to explore your home, work, and social environments from a holistic lens, understanding how different pieces of your life are interconnected and impact one another. Often the patterns that we find ourselves in are unconscious and can hold us back from realizing our fullest potential. When you are stuck in cycles of anxiety, depression, and negative thought patterns, we will work together to become aware of these cycles, what your triggers are, and how to utilize grounding techniques and mindfulness practices to re-center back to the here and how.

I can support you in exploring your true self, healing traumatic wounds, and understanding mind-body connection, while imagining and creating a life where you not only survive but thrive. As you build a foundation of self-awareness and self-compassion, you can forge stronger relationships with yourself and others, promoting positive mental health and resilience. I am a LGBTQ+ affirming therapist and have a commitment to creating safe therapeutic spaces with individuals from all races, genders, sexualities, religions, abilities, and life paths.

Licensed Psychotherapist LMSW


Before entering private practice, I provided short- and long-term therapy to Mount Sinai Hospital employees and their family members during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. I have over 6 years of experience working in social service, youth development and academic enrichment programs within nonprofit and private settings. My work included collaborating with students and their families to enhance psychological growth, emotional well-being, and academic success, while focusing on developing growth mindsets and positive self-concept. 


I earned my Masters in Social Work from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work with a focus in clinical mental health practice. I’ve received training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, trauma-informed work, attachment and relational practice, cultural competencies, and psychodynamic frameworks. 


I am currently studying at the Ackerman Institute for the Family’s, focusing on couples and family therapeutic work, utilizing the Ackerman relational model and systems work. I am a certified trauma therapist and will be certified in Internal Family Systems therapy (IFS) level 1 later this year. 


I am a native New Yorker and enjoy spending time playing and listening to music, practicing yoga and meditation, exploring nature’s green spaces, and traveling.


Silberman School of Social Work at Hunter College, Masters of Social Work
Mount Holyoke College, BA in Anthropology and Music


Gottman Institute Couples Therapy Training Levels 1&2

Internal Family Systems Level 1

Addiction Treatment: Clinical Skills for Healthcare Providers; Yale University

Foundational and Remote Safe and Sound Protocol (SSP)

Ackerman Institute for the Family

Ariel Hayat, LMSW