Cindy Ariel, Ph.D.

What's in the way of living the life you envision?

Relationship issues, family struggles, anxiety, depression, and grief can all interfere with your ability to concentrate at work or to feel good when you're at home or even out and about.

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Cindy Ariel provides empathic non-judgmental support to help you move forward through these and other issues that may stand in your way.


Dr Ariel has practiced as a psychologist for over 20 years. She was one of those kids who figure out what they want to do at a young age. When she was 12, and lacking someone to turn to and trust when life was hard, she promised that she would learn to one day be that person for others.

Starting out working nightshift on a crisis hotline, she earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology and worked with developmentally delayed children and adults. During and immediately following grad school, she worked in both outpatient community mental health and private in-patient facilities. She also worked for several years in grant funded programs geared toward helping disadvantaged college students to succeed at college. 

Dr. Ariel received her Master of Science degree from the Graduate School at Hahnemann Medical College (later Hahnemann University, and now Drexel). She earned her doctorate from Temple University in 1992 and became co-founder and CEO of an independent psychology practice in center city Philadelphia.

Areas of Specialization:

Dr. Cindy Ariel provides guidance for individuals, couples, and families of all kinds. She specializes in treating: 

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- anxiety                                                                                                                                                                           - depression and grief                                                                                                                                                                             - relationship concerns                                                                                                                                                                                 -women's issues

In addition, one of the specialties that her LGBTQ friendly practice, Alternative Choices, has become widely known for is working with families with special needs. Dr. Ariel does a lot of work with parents of special needs children and with professional adults on the autism spectrum


Dr. Ariel believes that a warm, respectful and trusting relationship between you and your therapist is paramount to the effectiveness of your therapy. She offers guidance using a balanced humanistic and analytic approach in a safe, confidential, and supportive environment. She helps people explore issues, both past and present, and gain new perspectives that lead to positive growth, healing, and change. 

Dedication to Women's Issues: 

Cindy Ariel, works on a volunteer basis as a Chapter Leader for Dining for Women, a global giving circle working to engage people in powerful and creative ways to assure gender equality, transform lives and reduce extreme poverty.

Written Works:

Dr. Ariel writes occasionally for several publications and is co-editor of the book, Voices from the Spectrum (2006). She is also author of Loving Someone with Asperger's Syndrome: Understanding and Connecting with your Partner (2012), a self-help book for intimate partners of someone on the autism spectrum.

Contact Dr. Ariel at 215-592-1333, ext. 1 or by email at