As a queer-identified, feminist, and sex-positive therapist, I am passionate about working with individuals who have experienced marginalization due to their gender, sexuality, CNM and/or kink identity. I help people manage difficult emotions, explore their sense of self, and feel more secure in their relationships.
I utilize both depth-oriented and systemic approaches in my therapy. Depth-oriented means looking inward to identify the different parts of us that may respond to situations outside of our ordinary awareness. This can involve tapping into bodily sensations, or discovering patterns of relationship, behavior or emotion. Systemic approaches zoom out to look at how we interact within the context of our relationships, our communities, and society. I hold space to process both painful and healing experiences within these spheres.
For many of us, connecting to our emotions or sharing them with others can be confusing and overwhelming. I believe it’s important to be patient and gentle with ourselves during this process– there is no “right” place we need to be, or timeline of when we need to be there. Together, we’ll explore ways to be more attuned to yourself and to loved ones.
I look forward to potentially supporting you on your journey. If it seems like I might be a good fit, please reach out to Angel through the intake form or phone number!
Education and Training
Arielle Zimmerman, LSW, has a Master’s degree in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, as well as a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Northwestern University. During the pandemic, Arielle provided crisis counseling at Crisis Text Line and worked in a therapy practice with clients who belong to LGBTQ+, polyam, and kink communities. Arielle also has a background in LGBTQ+ health research, and has contributed to several studies focused on the mental health and relationships of bisexual, pansexual, and queer women.