Ariella Cook-Shonkoff headshot. Ariella Cook-Shonkoff, MFT, ATR

Ariella Cook-Shonkoff, MFT, ATR, is a writer and integrative therapist blending existential, mind-body, art therapy, ecotherapy, cognitive-behavorial, feminist/social justice frames, climate-aware practices, and systems theory.

Ariella Cook-Shonkoff, MFT, ATR, is a writer and integrative therapist blending existential, mind-body, art therapy, ecotherapy, cognitive-behavorial, feminist/social justice frames, climate-aware practices, and systems theory.

In her clinical practice, Ariella specializes in treating trauma, anxiety, and maternal mental health, working primarily with adolescent and adult populations. She has facilitated creative arts groups for high-risk youth in juvenile hall, residential programs, schools, shelters, and community centers across the San Francisco Bay Area since 2008.

As a freelance writer, Ariella covers topics such as climate psychology, motherhood, resilience, and self-care; her work has appeared in news outlets such as The New York Times, Washington Post, and Grist. In addition to her role on the steering committee of Climate Psychology Alliance-North America, she launched and leads the Climate & Expressive Arts subcommittee, which explores the benefits of creative expression within the climate movement, particularly in fostering resilience and community.

In her spare time, Ariella likes to find ways to harness creativity for good. She and a friend began The Lavender Pillow Project in 2020, sewing up lavender sachets with their daughters to help raise money for local food banks, and donating them to survivors of California wildfires.

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