Araya Baker began his career in mental health while working with Mental Health of America. Along with a team of mental health advocates, he co-authored Houston's first attitudinal public health survey, which collected data on the accessibility and quality of the city's mental health system. Presented at the 83rd Texas Legislative Session, the findings aided in Mental Health of America successfully lobbying to meet the growing need for resources in Houston, the nation's fourth largest city.
Following his collaboration at Mental Health America, Araya went on to work with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline and The Trevor Project, a national suicide hotline for LGBTQ youth. These experiences lead him to apply to graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education, where he earned an M.Phil.Ed. in Professional Counseling with a certification in School Counseling. The following year, Araya earned an Ed.M. in Human Development & Psychology from Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Araya does not currently practice therapy, but plans to resume practicing in 2019. He has experience working with individuals, couples and families, groups, and communities at large. Araya has also worked with clients with a wide array of mental health diagnoses, including ADHD, anxiety, bipolar disorder, body image disorders, depression, grief, and trauma. Additionally, he has worked with clients on a number of counseling issues. His approach is integrative, with a strong focus on cognitive-behavioral therapy, mindfulness interventions, and social justice-informed therapy.