Who is Ashley?
A licensed mental health counselor who has a passion for supporting others as they embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing. I believe that my own personal and professional experiences have led me to where I am, and I am honored to be here.
I am a Washington native who graduated from Bastyr University near Seattle, with a Bachelor’s in Health Psychology in 2014, and a Master’s in Counseling Psychology in 2016. My training began with an extensive and immersive exploration of the mind-body connection and holistic modalities to mental health. I began serving others in the field as a student therapist at the Bastyr Center for Natural Health in Seattle, WA. My last year of graduate school included an internship working with youth and families ages birth to 22, from diverse backgrounds in Bellevue, WA. Following my internship, I have managed my own private practice working with adults, couples, teens, and children. Then COVID hit and I was given the most incredible opportunity to dedicate myself to underserved youth populations in Olympia, WA who were experiencing a mental health crisis, doing intensive outpatient counseling on a Wraparound with Intensive Services (WISe) team. My most recent work includes working as a contractor doing school-based and outpatient counseling with children, adolescents, and young adults in Hillsborough county.
My experiences as a therapist have been rewarding, humbling, and transformational. As a crisis therapist I gained insight into the incredible human spirit. I had the honor of being there for people in their deepest time of need by providing mental health support in my client’s own homes and communities. I have vast experience safety planning with individuals who are at risk of harming themselves or others, and have partnered with foster parents and foster children as they navigate loss, trauma, and adjustment to change. Additionally, I have witnessed the impact of homelessness, substance use, domestic violence, poverty, and families who have no support system in place.
As a parent, a spouse, and a woman, with my own unique background and challenges I have overcome, I believe that investing in yourself is the best decision you can make. I see myself as a life-long learner and I strive to continue to do my own inner work, while I educate myself on tools and resources to utilize in treatment interventions. My approach in therapy is integrative, meaning I draw on various traditional and creative modalities that are best suited for each individual’s needs, while drawing on their strengths.
I recharge by spending time in nature near the trees or the ocean and I have lost and found myself hiking in the Olympics and the Cascades in the Pacific Northwest a number of times. I cherish my time spent with my family and my friends and I love being a mama. I find my calm and my fire in reading, running, writing, and poetry.