Ari Kipnis, LCSW
Hi! I'm Ari,
My work integrates the transformative parts of therapy with the empowerment approach of coaching to support individuals to unleash their potential and build a life (and relationships) where they feel successful, joyful and free.
I believe that we can achieve a genuine sense of purpose, belonging and happiness when we engage with and integrate all the parts of who we are and begin to convert our intentions into actions that lead to the results we yearn for.
I’m a bicultural and bilingual Spanish therapist with over 16 years of experience providing therapy to adults, couples and families with attachment and childhood trauma, acute and complex post-traumatic stress (PTSD). My clinical training has been shaped by my work in various settings including New York city hospitals, community outpatient clinics, family therapy institutes and the PTSD Clinic at the Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital. As a clinical supervisor I’ve helped instruct graduate students and new therapists grow and develop in the fields of trauma recovery and mental health.
How does a clinical specialization in trauma recovery enhance our work together? Trauma focused therapy looks to resolve and heal core issues (regardless of how scary they might seem). So instead of talking about coping skills, (“tools for your tool box”), I support creating transformation that comes from addressing barriers to healing, processing through painful experiences that may be holding you back, and creating long lasting resilience. Even if trauma isn’t relevant to your personal experience, as a trauma recovery specialist, I bring the same core skills to support you moving forward through life’s transitions, bringing closure to (overdue) endings and foster healing to mind, body, heart and soul.
I recognize that our individual healing and empowerment doesn’t happen in a vacuum. It’s important to also understand the systemic and historical factors that shape our social experience in this world. I am deeply aware that for people of color and the LGBTQ+ community, success and happiness comes with added layers of complexity and adversity. Being a child of different cultural & spiritual worlds myself, I understand the unique challenges that come from finding a sense of ‘belonging’ in a mainstream world. It’s a priority for me to offer a space where individuals of different backgrounds, spiritualities and identities can do their work in ways that honor all of the parts that make up who we are.
Today in my private practice I work with adults who are interested in making a meaningful impact in their lives and in their industries - including business leaders and artists, entrepreneurs and creatives, global expats and nomads, as well as medical providers and first responders. My one-to-one approach is customized specifically to your goals, is grounded in evidence-based practices and is imbued with warmth, pragmatism and humor.
I am a cisgender, heterosexual male, son of Argentine, Jewish immigrants. My academic studies, career and relationships have taken me across the globe and I’ve lived in different regions in North and South America and in the Middle East.
When I’m not dedicating my time and love for this profession, I pursue my other passions including videography and travel photography, which creates opportunities for me to experience the far corners of this beautiful planet, learn and grow as I engage with different cultures and hear the myths and legends from story tellers. I enjoy finding great ‘street food’ and discovering the hidden gems -like the local who’s baked bread from the same corner for decades. After satisfying my extrovert side, I honor my inner introvert by disconnecting into the mountains with solitudinous hikes with my wife and our pooch “Lana” where she can wander and explore off leash.
Prolong Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD
- Department of Veterans Affairs
- AEDP Institute
- Colorado Center for Emotionally Focused Therapy
Relational Approach to Family & Couples Therapy - Ackerman Institute for the Family