Ashley Thompson, M.Ed., LPCC – SUP

We rise by lifting others. -Robert Ingersoll
Ashley Thompson, M.Ed., LPCC – SUP

Biography

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.

Education:

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

 

Associations/Memberships:

North Dakota Board of Counselor Examiners

Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy

 

Provider e-mail: Ashley@birchwoodcounseling.com

 

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Other Team Members

Pamela Thompson, LICSW, LPC

Pamela Thompson, LICSW, LPC

She loves reading, landscaping, family time and taking classes to improve her ability to help her clients.
DeNae Haagenson, M.Ed., LPCC

DeNae Haagenson, M.Ed., LPCC

A Minnesota native, DeNae has raised her family here and is active in her community.
Ashley Thompson, M.Ed., LPCC – SUP

Ashley Thompson, M.Ed., LPCC – SUP

Ashley believes we all have a story but that does not have to define who we become.
Kallie Marsh, M.Ed., LPCC

Kallie Marsh, M.Ed., LPCC

Kallie believes in using an empathetic and holistic approach that empowers individuals and families to find solutions to their problems and reach their self-determined goals.
Allie Skjonsberg, LICSW

Allie Skjonsberg, LICSW

I believe that everyone can benefit from therapy as life throws a lot at every single person and it’s nice to have a neutral person to talk to and process life with.
Marissa Perry, M. Ed., LPC

Marissa Perry, M. Ed., LPC

I am passionate about connection and client empowerment. I use individualized tools, techniques, and an integrative therapy approach to meet your individual needs and to help you find self-worth and balance within your daily life. 
Jamie Newberger M.Ed., LPC & LAPC

Jamie Newberger M.Ed., LPC & LAPC

I am passionate about working with individuals who are healing from painful situations in life, and who feel stuck in old patterns that just aren’t working anymore. Whether you are having difficulty communicating your needs or emotions, facing hard choices, or lacking direction, change is possible. You don’t have to continue feeling stuck or overwhelmed, and you don’t have to do it alone.
Stephanie Schafer, M.Ed., LPC/LPCC, NCC

Stephanie Schafer, M.Ed., LPC/LPCC, NCC

I take an inviting approach to counseling, and collaborate with my clients in their healing. I believe people to be resilient, and know that we all get “stuck” sometimes. I work with my clients to identify their strengths and resources to get “unstuck” and move toward thriving in their lives.
Debbie Svobodny, LCSW

Debbie Svobodny, LCSW

The thought of therapy can be overwhelming, and I am excited you’re here and taking this step so seriously.  I believe this is the most important step; finding the right fit therapist is vital.  I hope to create a safe environment where you can share opening about your challenges and victories.  All while assisting you in writing beautiful new chapters in your story.  You are important and valued!
Sheyenne Hokit, Clinical Intern

Sheyenne Hokit, Clinical Intern

I have a passion for helping my clients become the best they can be and empower them to go above that.
Osman Baar, Clinical Intern

Osman Baar, Clinical Intern

I pride myself on providing culturally competent therapy. Having gone through the process of settling in the US as a refugee, I have personal experience navigating systems and enjoy helping my clients connect with other needed services and providing therapy.
Heidi Leckner, LAPC

Heidi Leckner, LAPC

In my counseling work I utilize a humanistic approach, which is the belief that each human is not only unique, but also has the innate ability to overcome life’s hardships and pursue growth. When you are in counseling with me, I will hear you. Most importantly, I will provide you with support and validation while I assist you with your journey of self-improvement and healing.