DIGNITY * AUTONOMY * INTEGRITY
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 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:
Finding Life Direction
Tapping into Motivation
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
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
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
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.