Welcome! I'm Arielle Thibodeaux, MSW, LCSW, the owner of One Step Forward Counseling, INC.
Finding the therapist that gets you probably feels like another exhausting task. You’ve been anxious and angry for way too long.
You thought you were doing "all the right things" and don't understand why you're still feeling this way. There are days you think you have it together but most of the time you know you don't. You put on a smile for everyone but you're really miserable inside and feel completely disconnected.
You lay next to your partner wondering if this is all there is to life. Your career isn't anything you thought it would be. You're tired of your partner telling you to go to counseling. Everyone tells you that you should be grateful. You know you should be but you can't shake these feelings and it makes you feel worse. You're tired of feeling miserable, exhausted and confused. You're at a complete loss of what to do anymore.
You know this isn’t you.
You're desperate to feel good. You want to laugh, play and have fun. You want to feel confident at work, connected to your partner and feel like you again. You're hopeful counseling can help, you're ready to make a change and do the work.
When you see me, you will feel free to express yourself, exactly as you are. I'm often told clients don’t feel judged and are understood for the first time. Clients appreciate my direct but down to earth approach.
As an Army Veteran, I specialize in treating Veterans, Police Officers, Firefighters and their significant others that are experiencing anxiety, PTSD or relationship struggles.
I offer flexible scheduling including some evening, online or in person appointments. My office is located in Northwest Indianapolis off of 96th & Michigan.
My mission is to reduce human suffering. I believe in a holistic approach to healing, which includes lifestyle changes. I do not believe in psychotropic medications as a first plan of action and prefer to go that route last. I encourage clients to make changes in sleep, hydration, diet, stress and exercise. I usually request clients get current bloodwork, to help rule out underlying health issues. These changes, coupled with therapy, could result in the changes you're looking for, but are not guaranteed. This is why I only take clients who are ready to do the work and make changes. Sometimes medication will be necessary but not always. I am a Certified Mental Health Integrative Medicine Provider (CMHIMP).
I tend to be laid back, casual and less structured in my approach, than some in the field. I use the same skills I teach clients and know I am also a work in progress. We are all equals in the therapy room and you can teach me as much as I teach you. I will also always be honest with you.
The nitty-gritty on my professional background:
I earned my bachelor's at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and my master's at University of Southern Indiana. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (License Number: 34007071A). I opened One Step Forward Counseling in 2018.
I am a US Army Veteran. I was deployed in support of Operations Spartan Shield and Inherent Resolve, as a Behavioral Health Officer. I spent time working with Soldiers in Kuwait, Iraq and Jordan. I am also married to a combat Veteran. I began my career in community mental health, where I worked with incarcerated clients, people who were experiencing personality disorders, anxiety, depression and PTSD.