Ariel is originally from North Carolina.  After living for almost a decade out West, she missed the soft air, warm greens, and changing seasons, and convinced her husband to move back with her to the mountains.  Her preferred pronouns are she/her.

She loves working with a variety of folks, but specializes in infertility challenges, reproductive trauma, perinatal mood and anxiety issues, people going through life-transitions, and couples counseling.

She is comfortable with and experienced in working with people of color, and folks of any gender expression.

She’s also a professional photographer, specializing in portraits, newborn/early childhood, and weddings (see arielshumakerphotography.com for more information).

Education, Training & Professional Associations:

Master of Public Health (MPH) & Master of Social Welfare (MSW) from University of California at Los Angeles (2008)

Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Spanish & Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Anthropology from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (2004)

Licensed Clinical Social Worker (#C008032) in North Carolina

Certified in Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders from Postpartum Support International (PSI)

Certified in Child Parent Psychotherapy (CPP)

Trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing)

Certified in Seeking Safety

Certified in Reflective Parenting

Member of National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Member of ASRM (American Society for Reproductive Medicine)

Former Board Member of the NC Infant Mental Health Association (NCIMHA)

Member of and former co-director of the Perinatal Emotional Health Network of Western North Carolina (PEHN)

Racial Equity Institute (REI)