Welcome, I'm Ashley

Founder. Educator. Social Change Leader.

Trauma & Wellness Specialist. Intuitive Eating Counselor.  

My Story...How I Got Started

My first degree was a Bachelor's in Business Management. Being a first-generation college student was not easy. I was challenged with limited resources, tools and experience. At first, Business felt like the career path I'd remain on, except my passions for counseling and teaching overrode the accounting knowledge I had attained. The development of business skills became the foundation I needed to successfully launch Valley Wellness Counseling in 2015. 

In 2012, New York's highest ranking School of Social Work, Fordham University, became my Alma Mater.

My post-degree experience lies in working with clients of all ages, diversity's, and intersectionality's. I am licensed in the state of CT to treat clients with mental health services, holistic wellness and trauma-related therapy. I am intentional about centering the voices of BIPOC communities (Black, Indigenous, People Of Color) that are often ignored to help explore and heal from eating disorders, as well as social and systemic injustices. 

 

I have taught as an adjunct professor for over five years. I have a passion for navigating emerging leaders through high school and into their desired colleges or careers. In my free time, I enjoy the outdoors, community advocacy, and spending time with friends and family. My favorite books of interest are: Becoming, Present Over Perfect, Where the Crawdads Sing, and How To Be An Antiracist. Can you tell I love to read?

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So, Let's talk about what's important in your life.

 

Why Therapy?

It can help with

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Take Control

of Anxiety

Anxiety is your body's natural response to stress, unless your feelings are extreme, lasting longer than 6 months, and are interfering with your life.

Common Symptoms: 

* Restlessness

*Racing thoughts

*Trouble concentrating 

* Feelings of isolation 

*Irrational fears & phobias

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Rise Above Depression

Sadness and Grief are normal human emotions, but left untreated these can have a lasting impact and lead to serious health complications.

Common symptoms: 

* Chronic sadness

* Loss of pleasure

* Excessive fatigue

*Self-medicating

* Thoughts of suicide

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with Food

Intuitive Eating involves eating the foods you desire with attunement to you body and emotion. We were born with all the wisdom we need, to know how to eat.

Common Unhealthy Signs: 

* Struggles to listen to body's fullness or hunger cues

* Food phobias, compulsions, restrictive rules and practices

* Embraced Diet Culture and negative messages of  body

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Settle the Score

with Trauma

A traumatic event is an incident that causes physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological harm. Individuals suffering with post-traumatic symptoms need support to regain security. 

Common Symptoms: 

* Sudden, drastic mood changes

* Flashbacks & repeat memories

* Disturbed sleep

* Diminished concentration 

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Testimonials

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WHAT PEOPLE SAY

Since starting therapy with Ashley, I have grown tremendously in all aspects of my life despite dealing with childhood trauma, anxiety and depression. Ashley's caring demeanor and approach to therapy makes me feel extremely comfortable and at ease. I especially enjoy our walk and talk sessions.