Ashley grew up in Birmingham, AL. She went to boarding school in Hartford CT and college in Nashville, TN. After college she worked and backpacked overseas for three years before returning to Birmingham. She has been married for over 26 years and has three children. She still loves to hike, backpack and travel.
Ashley is an active member in her church where she currently serves on the Family Life Team. She participates in various service programs with her church including The Family Promise program which provides temporary housing for families in need and Defenders of Orphans which raises money for school children in Kenya.
Ashley has a BA in Psychology from Vanderbilt University and a MA in Counseling from the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor since 1993. Clinical experience includes working with teens in day treatment and residential treatment settings. She also maintained a private practice working with pre-adolescents through adults. Her current position with Samaritans includes pre-adolescents through adults in individual and family therapy. Recently, she has completed training in somatic and attachment-focused EMDR.
Ashley’s goal is to provide a safe and non-judgmental atmosphere in which clients can explore areas that prevent them from leading a productive and fulfilling life. Such areas might include relationship conflicts, anger management, anxiety, depression,grief, behavior problems or any other issue impacting one’s life. She hopes to meet clients where they are, helping them find grace for themselves as they explore the ineffective and effective coping skills they are using. She also seeks to empower her clients by encouraging them to identify the choices they can make to improve their lives.
Ashley is currently a provider for many Blue Cross/Blue Shield policies, United HealthCare, American Behavioral and Behavioral Health Systems