Trauma, PTSD, Anxiety, Stress, Adolescents, Adults
Medicaid, Mercy EAP, Medicare, Ambetter, BCBS, New Directions, Cigna, United Healthcare, UMR, Aetna, BCBS Medical, Allwell, Qualchoice, BCBS Federal
Ashley is a Clinical Social Worker with 14 years of social work experience working with adolescents and adults. Her therapy practice specializes in the treatment of PTSD, chronic and developmental trauma, toxic stress and anxiety. Ashley has several speciality certifications in the treatment of trauma including certified Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist, certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, certified Trauma Treatment Professional, and she is trained as a Practitioner in Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) through Texas Christian University.
Ashley received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2005, and a Master’s Degree from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock in 2011. She has been a guest speaker for the Mental Health Institute on treating trauma in teens and has served as a clinical supervisor for social workers pursuing their LCSW licensure. She has experience providing field placement and supervision for Bachelor's and Master’s degree interns from the University of Arkansas working toward their social work degrees. Ashley has served in Clinical Director roles, and as Program Director for inpatient care.
Through her years of practice, research, and study in chronic anxiety as well as trauma recovery, Ashley has found that the most effective treatment is focusing on how the nervous system is impacted by experiences and that healing the nervous system is the key to reducing symptoms of chronic stress, anxiety, and healing past traumas. When we experience events that are overwhelming or life threatening, our neural pathways in our brain that work as a unified whole can become fragmented and disrupted. Healing becomes about restoring that brain and body integration. In her practice, Ashley utilizes interventions that are both aimed at body and emotional healing - dealing directly with the trauma being held in the body, as well as addressing anxious and depressed thinking. Some of the treatment modalities she utilizes include yoga, mindfulness, somatic experiencing, DBT, and CBT, among others as appropriate for each individual client.