Dr. Ariel Lewis is a Maryland-based, licensed and board-certified psychotherapist.
Since 2013, she has provided both adult and adolescent clients in community-based and private practice settings with evidence-based, individual therapy. Dedicated to leveraging a person-centered and integrative approach to therapy, she helps clients navigate through various issues including grief and loss, race-based trauma, anxiety and depression, and interpersonal difficulties.
Dr. Lewis’ dissertation topic “Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Phenomenological Investigation of African American Millennials’ Views on Historical Trauma” addresses gaps in existing research regarding how persons who identify as African American and/or Black are impacted by the traumas of the past, as well as ongoing racism in the present. Additionally, it highlights the potential influence of grief, coping, and ethnic identity constructs on how today’s African Americans process historical trauma. Her hopes for leveraging this research for future projects are rooted in a desire to further explicate the manner in which trauma has influenced the progression of Black people in the U.S., while also building their resilience.
Dr. Lewis recently earned her Ph.D. in Counseling from The George Washington University in May 2020. She also holds a M.A. in Psychology from The Catholic University of America, as well as a B.S. in Marketing from Bowie State University. Dr. Lewis holds National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Licensed Graduate Professional Counselor (LGPC) credentials and is a member of the American Counseling Association, the Maryland Counseling Association, and Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc..