“Growth lives in the uneasiness, the in-between and the unfinished sentence. You are a season of becoming.”
Recognizing the importance of the therapeutic space, I aim to create a compassionate and supportive environment. I believe in the strength of the human spirit and seek to empower those I work with to reach goals that are most authentic to their journey. I am a firm believer that as people we have everything we need inside of us. Sometimes we just need reminding of our resilience, power and value.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Areas of Experience:
Trauma (& Related) Experiences/PTSD
I have experience working with adolescents, young adults, families, and new mothers struggling with anxiety, depression, and trauma. I have spent extensive time with families to overcome obstacles and to develop healthy relationships between one another. When working with adolescents, I look for opportunities to learn about their experiences. I believe the highest benefit of therapy is gained once I am able to meet them where they are. I enjoy treating adults through individual therapy to help navigate life transitions and life stressors. In the therapeutic relationship, you will gain tools to further your strengths and gain perspective of obstacles and how to best overcome them. I use an approach that is understanding, compassionate, and without judgement, to guide your journey to healing.
I graduated from Alliant International University with an MA degree in Couples and Family Therapy. My bachelor’s degree is in Child Development and Family Studies. I have worked in a multitude of settings, including outpatient, in-home treatment, and school setting. I am committed to supporting individuals in meeting their higher potential while overcoming barriers to live their best lives.
– cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT)
– culturally sensitive
– family systems
– managing and adapting practices (MAP)
– adjustment difficulties
– communication skills
– family conflict
– life transitions
– parenting issues
– personal growth
– relationship issues
My name is Ashlee and I am an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. I have a deep passion for helping people navigate challenging and often uncertain periods in life with a realistic attitude. My theory of choice is Motivational Interviewing because I believe therapy works best when my clients are in a collaborative environment that encourages them to advocate for their own needs and wants. I believe that this support increases their ability to confidently make necessary changes in their lives. I also borrow from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and the Bowenian/Multigenerational theory as necessary.
In my experience thus far, I have done a significant amount of work with self-referred and court-mandated clients. The major focus has been on couples and individuals usually relating to issues with depression and anxiety. I have led many groups covering a range of topics which include domestic violence, anger management, parenting, and child abuse.
I hope that through the experience I create in session, I can help you begin to identify patterns that exist in your life. Armed with this knowledge, we can figure out which of these patterns are beneficial to you and which can lead to cycles of dissatisfaction.
Whatever you are dealing with no one should have to do it alone. Are parental issues a problem? Are you having marital issues? Do you have anxiety? Let us work together to reduce your episodes of anxiety. Do you suffer from depression? Allow me to assist in improving the quality of your life. If your life generally feels out of control, let’s work together to gain that control back. If you’re going through a phase of life transition and find it difficult, I can help.
It is my goal to be your greatest cheerleader. Allow me to be part of your path to better physical and emotional health. I have worked with individuals and families for over 10 years putting people in a position to thrive. Even when you feel all hope is lost you will always have a cheerleader and resource in me.
It is my goal to be your greatest cheerleader. Hope, shame, and poor self-esteem will cause any adult or teenager to feel alone and in despair. Whatever is the cause of you not being the best version of yourself it’s time to change the narrative.
Treatment Approaches ·
Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)
Family / Marital
Solution Focused Brief (SFBT)
Substance Abuse Groups
Groups on Dysfunctional Communication
Ages– 12 and up
Marital and Premarital
Trauma and PTSD
Men’s Conflicts and Issues
Reaching out for support during a difficult time can be challenging and even scary. I commend you for your courage in reaching out! I consider it a great honor to have the opportunity to walk alongside the individuals I work with in therapy during what are often times the most painful or challenging times in their lives.
I graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with my Master’s in Clinical Social Work in 2006 and I have worked as a Psychotherapist since that time. I have experience working with diverse populations, treating a wide variety of mental health, phase-of-life and behavioral issues. A tremendous amount of my work has been devoted to helping individuals suffering from Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Affective Disorder and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as issues pertaining to life changes/transition, grief and loss. I have had the privilege of helping many Adult Survivors of Childhood Sexual Abuse and Trauma in working through their past experiences and moving towards healing. I consider it the greatest honor to have the ability to be here for people during their times of greatest need, using therapeutic techniques as a lantern, of sorts, to light the way on the path towards healing.
I use a variety of different therapeutic techniques and treatment modalities, which are tailored to the needs of the person, with whom I am working and what they need at that particular time. Some of these treatment modalities include Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, Motivational Interviewing and Mindfulness. My approach is client-centered, warm, genuine and non-judgmental. I provide an atmosphere of acceptance and support; a safe place where you can be who you are, feel what you feel, as well as to process and work through those feelings.
Thank you for taking the time to learn a bit about my approach. Please feel free to contact me at your convenience and we can begin this journey together.
Trauma and abuse
Coping with life changes
Do intense, persistent, overwhelming feelings or thoughts leave you feeling emotionally or physically drained? Can you be surrounded by people, but feel misunderstood, isolated, or alone? Are you lacking genuine connections or looking to enhance the quality of your current relationships? Have you ever wanted to change somethings and find despite your best efforts you keep repeating the same undesired behavior? Things such as trauma or loss can hinder a person’s ability to experience change. I am here to help you understand how various processes can shape our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors.
Therapy is also about helping you to understand how all these elements act independent and interdependent with each other. By using a multidisciplinary approach, I help each person in understanding their internal and external processes. Understanding is key to make long-lasting changes that are desired.
I graduated from Pepperdine University, where I earned my Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology with an Emphasis on Marriage and Family Therapy. During my studies I was able to gain an in-depth awareness and understanding about family dynamic, roles, and relationships. Since then, I have worked on enhancing my studies about grief, losses, and those who are impacted by chronic illnesses. I have worked in a variety of settings from nonprofits, hospitals to private practice. My worked experiences have increased my ability to work in the following areas
Relationships and Family Conflict
Premarital and Marital
Families impacted by Chronic Illness
Treatment Approaches/ Evidence Based Practice
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Children 6 -10
I treat children and adolescents struggling with: family and peer relational issues, low self-esteem, depression, behavioral issues, anxiety, and school-related issues. I believe in connecting with children and adolescents through building trust and providing a safe and nonjudgmental environment. I connect to children utilizing art, play therapy, and games that allow for open communication. I believe in being real and authentic when working with adolescents, allowing them to express themselves verbally and nonverbally through talk therapy, music, art, poetry, etc. I enjoy working with adolescents helping them through life challenges.
I also treat adults in individual therapy struggling with anxiety and adjusting to life changes. I am a person-centered therapist who is culturally sensitive and believes in change and the possibility to learn skills that can help one live a more fulfilled life. My goal as a therapist is to provide a supportive environment and help individuals and families address their concerns and work together to help them process their struggles.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Oppositional Defiant/Conduct Disorders
I specialize in working with children, adolescents and adults with complex relational and behavior problems, often related to traumatic experiences. Helping a person feel safe within their own bodies is critical to improving their sense of identity and directly influences the way they interact with others.
I provide a safe, consistent therapeutic environment in which a person can experience full acceptance, empathy and understanding. Through creative expression, clients can process their inner feelings and experiences through play, drawing and symbols, and talk therapy. Regardless of age or problem that prompts one to seek help, a person’s experience within the therapeutic relationship is the key factor that is the most meaningful and promotes lasting positive changes.
Our goal, together, is to develop your potential to move toward healing and becoming the best version of you that is possible.
– Dyadic: children and parents
– Child Centered Play Therapy
– Child Parent Relationship Therapy
– Dialectical Behavioral Therapy
– Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
– Seeking Safety
– Client Centered
– Solution Focused Therapy
– Motivational Interviewing
– Attachment-focused Parenting Skills
– Trauma and Stressor Related Experiences
– Childhood Trauma
– Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
– Anxiety Disorders
– Depression Disorders
– Child/Adolescent issues
– Oppositional Defiant Disorder
– Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
– Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder
– Academic underachievement
– Self Esteem
– Body Image
– Relationship issues
– Family Conflict
– Substance Abuse Disorders