Welcome!

I'm Dr. Ariela Freedman

I help people who are experiencing burnout find a path to living fulfilling and meaningful lives. As an educator and behavioral scientist by training, I have several frameworks for understanding people and the way we operate. My unique approach to working with people is shaped by my other identities.

I am an artist. I approach challenges creatively and in unexpected ways that encourage people to open up. In addition to my coaching work, I teach art workshops in my home studio, and often integrate art into my work with individual clients.

I am a singer. Becoming a singer and hearing my own voice has been a challenging  experience that strengthened my ability to work through discomfort in order to grow. I am able to hold a space for my clients to work through their challenges because I know it is part of the process.

I am a teacher. With more than 25 years of guiding students in a variety of environments, I understand how to break down a journey into a series of manageable steps to reduce overwhelm, increase confidence, and encourage action.

I am a parent. This means I engage on a daily basis with a small person who is learning to spread her wings and figure out her place in the world. As I work with clients, being a mom helps me remember that we are all trying to find our way and need a little extra love as we grow.

My Strengths: My greatest strength is my ability to draw people in and build trust quickly. I’m relatable and compassionate. I ask thoughtful questions. I am deeply present with my clients as we work together. As a result, clients leave their sessions understanding ways they can optimize their positive qualities versus focusing on areas they need to fix.

My Background: I began my career as a high school English, drama, and debate teacher in Chicago. I later directed health programming at Head Start in Minneapolis, then served as an Assistant Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

I earned a PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a BA in English Literature.

I have worked as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and certified Positive Discipline Trainer in Atlanta since 2017.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Welcome!

I'm Dr. Ariela Freedman

I help people who are experiencing burnout find a path to living fulfilling and meaningful lives. As an educator and behavioral scientist by training, I have several frameworks for understanding people and the way we operate. My unique approach to working with people is shaped by my other identities.

I am an artist. I approach challenges creatively and in unexpected ways that encourage people to open up. In addition to my coaching work, I teach art workshops in my home studio, and often integrate art into my work with individual clients

I am a singer. Becoming a singer and hearing my own voice has been a challenging  experience that strengthened my ability to work through discomfort in order to grow. I am able to hold a space for my clients to work through their challenges because I know it is part of the process.

I am a teacher. With more than 25 years of guiding students in a variety of environments, I understand how to break down a journey into a series of manageable steps to reduce overwhelm, increase confidence, and encourage action.

I am a parent. This means I engage on a daily basis with a small person who is learning to spread her wings and figure out her place in the world. As I work with clients, being a mom helps me remember that we are all trying to find our way and need a little extra love as we grow.

My Strengths: My greatest strength is my ability to draw people in and build trust quickly. I’m relatable and compassionate. I ask thoughtful questions. I am deeply present with my clients as we work together. As a result, clients leave their sessions understanding ways they can optimize their positive qualities versus focusing on areas they need to fix.

My Background: I began my career as a high school English, drama, and debate teacher in Chicago. I later directed health programming at Head Start in Minneapolis, then served as an Assistant Professor in the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University.

I earned a PhD in Behavioral Sciences and Health Education from Emory University, a Master of Public Health from the University of Minnesota, a Master of Arts in Teaching, and a BA in English Literature.

I have worked as a Gallup-Certified Strengths Coach and certified Positive Discipline Trainer in Atlanta since 2017.

Connect with me on LinkedIn

Testimonials

Kristin Unzicker, MPH
ConnectionPlan Consulting

“Compass Within is the perfect blend of insight, reflection, and Ariela’s masterful teaching skills for pulling it all together. There is so much wisdom packed in each short video, and the exercises and coaching sessions helped me apply everything to my life. Compass Within was just what I needed to reconnect with myself and finally chart the path I really want!”

Pierre-Laurent Courrier

“There are so many amazing aspects to Compass Within. It's not just the inspiring videos that made me love with Compass Within. It's also the coaching calls in which Ariela and I had deep conversations about each concept, and I learned how to apply them to my daily life. This program really makes you stop and think about yourself and understand who you are. I am 15 years old, and Compass Within has had a tremendous impact on my life.”