Dr. Arielle Mottes is a post-doctoral psychologist at the Williamsburg Therapy Group who provides therapy to children, adolescents, and adults. She is a queer-identified therapist and uses she/her pronouns. Her clinical interests and specialties include short and long-term therapy focusing on life transitions, trauma and abuse, relational concerns, parenting, depression, anxiety, and cultural humility. Dr. Mottes is passionate about supporting clients in their sexual, gender, cultural, and racial identity development. She is committed to honoring diverse identities and tailoring treatment to be collaborative and client centered. As a trained school psychologist, Dr. Mottes has expertise in helping clients and their families navigate school systems and advocate for appropriate accommodations and educational and social-emotional supports.
Dr. Mottes works to provide a warm, empathetic, and safe environment for her clients. Guiding clients toward a path of empowerment and self-advocacy is of central focus to her work. Often, our self-worth is derived from the quality of our relationships and access to people and places that reassure us of our safety and value. It is through a relational approach that Dr. Mottes supports clients in exploring their past and current attachment styles and the processing of traumatic events. Through a client’s unique cultural lens, Dr. Mottes explores with the client their various identities and discusses how the quality and dynamics of their relationships influence their lived experience. She is proficient in providing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Motivational Interviewing (MI), and Mindfulness.
Dr. Mottes adopts a strengths-based approach when working with children, adolescents, and their families. Rooted in CBT and ecological systems theory, her treatment approach focuses on presenting concerns in addition to a child’s strengths, environment, developmental level, and natural resilience. Dr. Mottes forms partnerships with parents, teachers, and physicians to develop and implement optimal interventions that suit the child’s unique needs and circumstances. She is passionate about supporting children and families experiencing a variety of challenges related to emotions and behavior. Interventions offered are individualized, flexible, and respectful of the child and family’s values.
Dr. Mottes received her bachelor’s degree in International Studies from Fordham University and received her master’s and doctoral degrees in Child, Family, and School Psychology from the University of Denver. She completed her pre-doctoral internship at San Jose State University’s Counseling and Psychological Services where she gained extensive experience working with LGBTQ+ individuals. Her previous clinical training experiences include working in elementary, middle, and high schools, college counseling centers, and public hospitals. She also holds a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training certification from Yoga Alliance.