DIGNITY * AUTONOMY * INTEGRITY

Although I am a licensed professional, you are the expert of your life.

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 INTEGRATION SPECIALIST

I take a holistic approach to healing, welcoming all parts of you into the room. In a world where we are expected/forced to fragment ourselves, therapy can be a place to bring your whole self. In my work, I acknowledge the ways our identities show up in the therapeutic relationship with humility and consideration. Creating safety means finding ways to be unapologetically with “what is.”

HEALING IN RELATIONSHIP

Our most joyous moments and deeply painful experiences happen within our relationships. Whether it’s a co-worker, a boss or a loved one, we are impacted by those around us. In our work together, we can explore how these relationships may point you to tapping into the deep knowing of your self. 

LIFE IN CONTEXT

All too often, we take responsibility for things outside of our control. With an awareness of what gives you energy and motivation, you can approach life with curiosity and compassion. Our time together can be a space to dream, explore, imagine and move with more intention. Together, we can bring your priorities and abilities into sharper focus; reconnecting you with your values and making changes relevant to your everyday life.

My work with young adults entails acknowledging the particular challenges of being a young person today. I enjoy helping young adults embrace their interests, honor their hopes and find ways to envision a future based upon their values. 

With couples/relationships and families, I draw upon my background in Nonviolent Communication (NVC), mindfulness and somatic training to release built up tension and allow for more connection to flow. 

I am passionate about working with folks identifying as LQBTQIA+ to dismantle internalized wounding messages and tap into your innate tenacity. In our work, I take seriously my privileged position and draw upon my lived experience as a cis-gendered queer woman. 

MY SPECIALTIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE:

  • Enhancing Self-Acceptance

  • Easing Anxiety

  • Releasing Guilt

  • Honoring Loss

  • Easing Shame

  • Finding Life Direction

  • Tapping into Motivation

  • Increasing Acceptance

  • Enhancing Connectedness, Joy and Choice

  • Getting Unstuck/Unfrozen/Less Reactive

BACKGROUND AND EXPERIENCE

I received my Master’s degree in Somatic Psychotherapy from the Holistic School of Counseling Psychology at John F. Kennedy University. My background includes working in community mental health settings with youth and families impacted by the foster care system and prison industrial complex. I engaged in critical race, class and gender studies for five years at Humboldt State University for my undergraduate education. 

CLINICAL & CULTURALLY RELEVANT TRAININGS

  • Transform Trauma through "Fierce Love:" Using the AEDP Therapist's Bold Embodied Presence, 6/22/2019-6/23/2019

  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for Psychosis, Felton Institute Spring 2019

  • Motivational Interviewing, 4/26/2018

  • Introduction to Internal Family Systems: A Workshop with Richard Schwartz, 2/10/2018-2/11/2018

  • Radical Compassion: Internal Family Systems, 7/29/2017

  • Thriving Families: Utilizing Dance Movement Therapy for Systems Involved Youth, 6/2/2017

  • Deep Healing--Piedmont Yoga Teacher Training, 2/18/2017-6/11/2017

  • Understanding and Supporting the Process of Grief and Loss in Children, Youth and Our Own, 12/20/2016

  • Understanding the Complexities of Working with Sexually Traumatized Girls, 12/3/2016

  • Working with Trans Youth, 9/15/2016

  • SOGIE (Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression) Training, 9/8/2016

  • Culture Specific Models of Service Delivery and Practice with Dr. Joy DeGruy, 7/20/2016

  • Hakomi: Art of Living Presence, 6/18/2016

  • Unsticking Stuckness: Theater of the Oppressed, April 2016

  • Trauma and Its Impact on Child Development, 12/11/2015

  • Healing Developmental Trauma: Promoting Resiliency Through Connections, 10/5/2015

  • Teaching Trauma-Informed Dynamic Mindfulness, 6/13/2015

  • New DIrections in Child and Adolescent Treatment: A Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Approach, 4/6/2013

  • Health Initiatives for Youth Workshop: Substance Use and Harm Reduction,  December 2013

  • Embodying Relationship, Strozzi Institute,  September 2012

  • Trauma Stewardship Institute, May 2012

CREDENTIALS

Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist with the Board of Behavioral Sciences, MFT #110299

M.A. in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Somatic Psychology from John F. Kennedy University

B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies: Ethnic Studies & Women’s Studies from Humboldt State University

LIBERATION-ORIENTED EDUCATION

  • Introduction to Native American Studies

  • International Indigenous Issues: Indigenous Environmental Racism 

  • Feminist Principles & Practice

  • American Ethnic Literature: Black Feminist Thought

  • Selected Topic in Ethnic Studies: Zapatista Rebellion

  • Selected Topic in Women’s Studies: International Sex Trade

  • Sex, Gender and Globalization

  • Theories and Methods of Ethnic Studies

  • Selected Topic in Ethnic Studies: Black Radical Tradition

  • Race, Gender and U.S. Law

  • Education for Action

  • Ecofeminism

  • Women, Culture, History

    INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ASHLEY?

We welcome the diversity of all ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, family configurations, sexual orientations, and gender identities.  We strive to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for healing, transformation, and growth for all.