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., LPCC-SUP, NCC

Stephanie Schafer, M.Ed., LPCC-SUP, 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, LPC (MN)

Sheyenne Hokit, LPC (MN)

I have a passion for helping my clients become the best they can be and empower them to go above that.
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.
Cheyanne Hart, LMSW

Cheyanne Hart, LMSW

I strive to empower youth in finding their strengths and utilizing them with the help of their caregivers. I also enjoy working with families and individuals to improve overall functioning through a strengths based, client centered practice.
Nicky Besette, LGSW

Nicky Besette, LGSW

I know therapy can be scary or intimidating but I will be here to help you in finding a healthier, happier you! Building a healthy and trusting relationship with my clients is important to me. I look forward to meeting you and I am excited you are here!
Austen McFarren, MS, LPC

Austen McFarren, MS, LPC

Austen’s clients describe him as gentle, patient, genuine, non-judgmental, warm, flexible, sarcastic, and witty. Austen’s clinical foundation is in humanistic approaches, while also utilizing tools from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and Narrative Therapy.
Amanda Weston, LPC (MN), LAPC (ND), NCC

Amanda Weston, LPC (MN), LAPC (ND), NCC

Counseling provides a safe space for hope to grow. I believe that every person is the author of their own story and healing can happen as we navigate the writing and rewriting of our story. It is a privilege for me to support you along your journey.
Reid Segal M.S., LAPC, NCC

Reid Segal M.S., LAPC, NCC

Reid decided she wanted to be a counselor at 12 years old when she met with her own counselor for the first time. She has seen the benefits of therapy from both sides of the couch and is passionate about offering a welcoming and unintimidating therapy environment where she collaborates with her clients as an equal.
Deb DeMinck, Ed.D, LPCC, NCC

Deb DeMinck, Ed.D, LPCC, NCC

Deb believes that challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.
Denise Hellekson, LPCC, LISW, CEAP

Denise Hellekson, LPCC, LISW, CEAP

Denise believes one of the greatest investments we can make in life is the investment in ourselves, and one of the wisest choices we can make is reaching out for assistance when we need support along the way.