Ashley earned her Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from Minnesota State University in 2011 and graduated from North Dakota State University in 2015 with a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ashley also attended Oakland University for a Specialized Certificate in Animal-Human Interventions. She currently is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Minnesota and North Dakota. She also is a Supervisor in the state of Minnesota and North Dakota and oversees Birchwood Therapeutic Services training program.
Counseling Approach and Clinical Focus:
Over the past 12 years, Ashley has worked with families experiencing domestic violence and survivors of abuse. She is has attended multiple trainings to be able to offer trauma informed care to her patients. She has completed Maternal Mental Health Intensive Training through Seleni to treat Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders, and Perinatal Loss and Grief. Ashley is trained to offer Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Emotional Freedom Techniques (Tapping) to the clients she serves.
Ashley uses techniques that involve Relational Cultural Theory, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Emotional Freedom Technique, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Animal Assisted Therapy with Canines and Equines, and various aspects of Play Therapy. Ashley is one of the few practitioners that also offers Animal Assisted Therapy in the surrounding area.
A message from Ashley:
I am very passionate about women empowerment and enjoy helping women become the person they have always imagined themselves to be.
A bit more about Ashley…
I am a co-founder and Vice President of the nonprofit Hoofbeats for Healing. Hoofbeats for Healing is a local organization that offers Equine Assisted Psychotherapy with the incorporation of a Mental Health Professional, a Equine Specialist, a Therapy Horse, and the client.
I am also the co-founder and President of another organization called Addie’s Angels, which is an organization my husband and I created to help provide counseling services to families who are impacted by perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, infertility, and have suffered from pregnancy, infant, or child loss. Addie’s Angels is in honor of our infant daughter who passed away shortly after birth on February 3rd, 2020.
Master of Education Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, North Dakota State University, Fargo, ND
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Criminal Justice, Minnesota State University of Moorhead, Moorhead, MN
North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners
Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy
Provider e-mail: Ashley@birchwoodcounseling.com