Thoughts are like lenses through which we look at our world.
Aris Potash, M.A. (she/her/hers) is a therapist-in-training pursuing a Doctorate of Clinical Psychology at Adler University. Aris enjoys building a strong therapeutic alliance with her clients through the use of kindness, compassion, humor, empathy, and validation. While providing therapy, Aris strives to take a strength-based approach with her clients while integrating cognitive-behavioral, play therapy, and psychodynamic approaches into her work. Aris has a special interest in working with children, adolescents, emerging adults, and families as they navigate life transitions, challenges, and relationships in their lives. Areas that Aris is primarily interested in include: Anxiety, Depression, Behavioral/Emotional Challenges in Youth, Gender, Sexuality, Identity Development, Peer Relationships, Family Dynamics, Parent Support, Stress, and Trauma.
Education and Credentials
Bachelor of Arts: Psychology in 2015
Minor: Spanish Language, Literature and Culture
Adler University (APA accredited)
Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology in 2021
Adler University (APA accredited)
Doctorate of Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) – Student (fourth year, complete degree in 2024)
Emphasis: Child and Adolescent
What specific modalities do you practice and are you certified?
I enjoy integrating multiple modalities into therapy when working with clients in order to best meet each client’s individual needs. I enjoy practicing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy while also incorporating a strengths-based approach with clients. Other modalities that I integrate into my therapeutic approach are Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and aspects of psychodynamic therapy. In addition, I have appreciated opportunities to utilize play therapy with youth and a family systems approach with families. I have found it very important to educate myself on being trauma-informed and aim to practice from this lens with clients.
What do you like to do when you are not working? What do you do for fun?
When I am not working, I enjoy reading, watching comedic television shows, and trying out new restaurants with friends. I also enjoy painting and taking long walks while listening to music.
What are you excited about? What is your passion? What do you want to learn more about?
As a trainee, I aim to learn more about identity development in youth and wish to aid clients on their journey of discovering their identity. I hope to learn more about fostering clients’ strengths through self-empowerment and exploring self-esteem in the therapeutic environment.
What do you like about being a therapist?
I enjoy the journey of building a strong therapeutic alliance. I appreciate opportunities to laugh in session and find it very rewarding to see client’s growth, strengths, and resilience during therapy. I am also very thankful to clients and their willingness to open up and share their own personal and unique stories with me.
What’s your “go to” creative or restorative outlet?
Something that I’ve always found to be calming and a creative outlet for me is painting. I enjoy learning more about how to paint and creating artwork that resonates with my mood. When I am looking for something more restorative, I have found that doing yoga and taking walks along the lake to be both beneficial and peaceful.
I work with
- Children and Adolescents
- Emerging Adults (17-24)
- LGBTQIA+ Community
- Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Family Systems Therapy
- Play Therapy
- Psychodynamic Therapy
Areas of Interest
- Anxiety/ Panic Attacks
- Depression and Mood
- Behavioral/Emotional Challenges
- Body Image
- Identity Development
- Peer Relationships
- Family Relationships/ Conflict
- Parent Support
- Sex and Sexuality
What do you do for self-care?
- Spending time with friends and family
- Walks along the Lake
- Watching comedy television shows including Friends, Modern Family, and How I Met Your Mother
Favorite podcasts, books or blogs
- The Wheel of Life – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross
- The Glass Castle – Jeannette Walls
Individuals / Authors / Theorists who have influenced my work
- Judith Herman, Trauma and Recovery
- Crenshaw & Stewart, Play Therapy
- Siegel & Hartzell, Parenting from the inside out: How a deeper self-
understanding can help you raise children who thrive.
- Shapiro, Child and Adolescent Therapy
- Judith S. Beck, Cognitive Therapy: Basics and Beyond
- Harris and Hayes, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
- Irene Goldenberg, Mark Stanton, & Herbert Goldenberg, Family Therapy: An Overview
- Barker & Iantaffi, Life isn’t Binary