IMAGINATION * IDENTITY * PLAY
Although I am a licensed professional, you are the expert of your life.
I take a holistic approach to healing, welcoming all parts of you into the room. In a world where we are often expected to fragment ourselves into different identities, 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. As a queer-identified, able-bodied and cis-gendered woman with class and race privilege, I prioritize naming how social locations shape the ways we move in the world.
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 can be guides, pointing you to knowing yourself and your worth.
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 and imagine. 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), conflict mediation and somatic training to release built up tension and allow for more connection to flow.
I am passionate about finding ways for your true self to shine! Living in a world based rife with limiting boxes and categories, we can feel stifled and silenced. Together, we can make room for you to explore your sexual orientation and gender identity and expression (also known as SOGIE), allowing you to feel free and grounded, no matter how you identify.
MY SPECIALTIES AND INTERESTS INCLUDE:
Addiction in families of origin
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 foster care system
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 the Complexities of Working with Sexually Traumatized Girls, 12/3/2016
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
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
More about ashley
I love exploring new recipes and honing my invention skills in the kitchen. Doing pretty much anything with my partner and cat gives me the biggest smile. I also like to read, so when I pick up a book, it’s usually a Sci-Fi or fantasy novel by Octavia Butler or Ursula K. Le Guin.
INTERESTED IN WORKING WITH ASHLEY?
We welcome the diversity of all ethnic backgrounds, religious beliefs, family configurations, sexual orientations, and gender identities. As a multicultural, mixed-race (Black and Japanese) therapist, Melody strives to provide a supportive and non-judgmental space for healing, transformation, and growth for all.