Ashley’s hope as a therapist is to support people with building a foundation to live a life that aligns with their own unique values and priorities. Your experiences, environments, and relationships all shape who you are, however due to trauma and unhealthy connection you may experience emotional distress and need support with navigating how to cope and ultimately move from solely surviving to thriving.
Ashley approaches therapy as a collaborative relationship and prioritizes safety, empathy, and authenticity throughout the process. She values strength based, person centered treatment, and in your work together you will focus on what’s important to you while also challenge areas that may be counterproductive in order to foster growth and meaning.
Ashley is a licensed clinical social worker who has experience providing therapy to people living with severe and persistent mental illness, depression and anxiety, grief and loss, trauma, and cancer. She utilizes elements of Relational Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral therapy in her approach and has provided direct service to people living with mental illness and/or cancer since 2010.
Ashley obtained her M.S.W at UIC and has worked in community mental health both as a clinician providing therapy and as a leader supervising students pursuing their masters in counseling. She has also worked in healthcare providing counseling to those living with cancer. Lastly, Ashley completed a two year Trauma Consultation Program at WomenCare to further her professional development in working with survivors of trauma and supporting people with rebuilding safe human connection.