Areas of Expertise

Psychotherapy

If you are seeking individual therapy, couples therapy or family therapy, you have come to the right place.  Using a combination of Internal Family Systems theory, Existential theory and Self Psychology, I can help you improve your relationship with yourself and your loved ones.  These theories identify past wounds, current dynamics and strategies to improve coping, communication, boundary setting and intimacy.  

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is a comprehensive treatment approach that has been extensively researched and proven to be effective with trauma based disorders.  EMDR is a formal set of protocols and procedures used to "desensitize and reprocess" memories that have been encoded in the brain and body as if "frozen in time" as a result of traumatic experiences.  

Culturally relevant anti-oppressive interventions

If you are from a marginalized, oppressed or vulnerable group, you may feel apprehensive that there may not be room in therapy for your intersectional identities.  I believe it is critical to engage clients based on their lived experiences of diversity, power and privilege. This perspective is critical to identifying interventions that are culturally relevant to each client.  

 

My Approach

I have over 23 years of experience as a therapist.  My education includes a BA in Psychology, a Masters in Social Work (MSW) and a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology (Psy.D). I have been a licensed clinical social worker (LCSW) since 1998 (LCS 19001).

My therapeutic approach is a little like driving school.  We are both in the car; you are behind the wheel and I am right next to you. While you control the direction we go in, I have access to a brake. What that means is that you direct the work, but I coach, give feedback, help you slow down and support your learning.  I bear witness to the adversities you face, and I help you respond (not react) differently the next time.

Although its a metaphor, it is a powerful illustration of what therapy feels like.  More than anything, it is a relationship where I support you in making the best choices for the trajectory of your life.  

Created and designed by Wendy Ashley, Psy.D, LCSW 2018