MEET ASHLEY - LCSW PMH-C
Who am I?
I am a mom, therapist, friend, and a feminist. I know how difficult it is to manage a career, parenthood, and a personal life. With over 10 years of experience as a psychotherapist - I have made it my passion to empower women to become the best versions of themselves.
I believe my own experiences with anxiety, depression, and postpartum stress have made me a more empathic and attuned therapist. It has helped me understand on a very personal level the unique struggles my clients experience. I know firsthand the fear that can be associated with engaging in counseling. My mission in founding Empower Women Counseling is to empower women while reducing the stigma and shame associated with obtaining mental health treatment.
It’s okay to not be okay.
I have been a psychotherapist for nearly ten years with experience in foster care, inpatient, and outpatient hospitals. I received my Masters Degree from the University of Chicago with a concentration in clinical social work. My most recent experience was overseeing an Intensive Outpatient Hospitalization Program. I worked regularly with suicidal and self injuring patients while providing comprehensive treatment programming. I have extensive experience in evidence based treatment of chronic mood disorders, crisis intervention, psychopharmacology, and maternal mental health.
My therapeutic approach is eclectic. I utilize Attachment Theory, Somatic Experiencing Techniques, & Exposure Response Prevention. Attachment theory focuses on identifying how unmet emotional needs in early childhood mitigates current issues of abandonment, fear of rejection, excessive need of approval from others and negative view of self. (Mikulincer, Shaver, & Pereg, 2003; Wei, 2008)
In February 2020 I became certified through Postpartum Support International as a PMH-C (Perinatal Mental Health Counselor.) I am part of a very unique group of specialists that have completed the requirements of Postpartum Support International in trainings and years of perinatal mental health experience and passed the PMH-C exam.
It is a privilege to bear witness to your journey of healing and I am grateful to be a part of it. If you are suffering with symptoms of anxiety or depression, take the first step to relief. Call me at 708-480-2016 to schedule a free 15-minute consultation. I am happy to answer any questions you may have about your specific situation and how I can be of assistance.f help.