Ashley Benakis

(MA, LPC)

About Me

Hi, I am Ashley and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in Colorado with over 4 years of counseling experience. My main goal is to help support you as you become the best version of yourself. I come from a humanistic school of thought, and work very hard to meet my clients where they are in their emotional and psychological journey.

My most robust experience has been working with people struggling with addiction and helping them on their individual roads to recovery. I have worked with clients/patients at the inpatient level of care all the way to out patient. I have found that the support the therapy and counseling provides can help clients to address the underlying psychological and emotional issues at play, that are often at the root of the addiction. I have found that often trauma, or early childhood experiences greatly impact the individual's ability to cope with life. I help individuals get to those roots, with the goal of developing healthier coping skills.

Along with substance use and addiction, I have significant experience working with individuals on existential, or meaning of life questions. I also help people work through depression, anxiety, relationship concerns, etc. I even have some experience working with eating disorders.

I tend to incorporate mindfulness, and positive psychology approaches in most of my therapeutic work.


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Addictions
  • Depression
  • Coping with life changes
Also experienced in:
LGBT , Relationship issues , Trauma and abuse , Grief , Self esteem , Abandonment , Body Image , Codependency , Control Issues , Drug and Alcohol Addiction , Emptiness , Expats , Family of Origin Issues , Forgiveness , Guilt and Shame , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Existential Therapy

Years of Experience: 4

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

  • Video

Licensing

LPC #LPC.0014692 (Expires: 2021-08-31)


Reviews

Written by M.E. on Apr 07, 2021 after counseling with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, grief, parenting issues, self esteem, and compassion fatigue

Ashley is really great at getting to the root of what is going on and helps me process in a productive way.

Written by A.L. on Mar 11, 2021 after counseling with Ashley for 10 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, trauma and abuse, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, and coaching

I've been working with Ashley for awhile now and honestly the changes I've been making in my life are invaluable. Ashley is extremely supportive, compassionate and caring, and as someone who didn't even realize I couldn't open up I am really glad I get to learn to do so with Ashley. It's the perfect balance of push and compassion.

Written by K.A. on Dec 28, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 7 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, eating disorders, self esteem, and coping with life changes

Ashley makes me feel safe, heard, and unconditionally supported. She helps me to explore the route of my concerns and address them head on. She encourages growth in a manageable way.

Written by G.A. on Dec 06, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 5 months on issues concerning family conflicts

Ashley has been instrumental in my psychoemotional wellbeing. She has successfully helped me ackowledge my past but also finally escape from it, to focus more on being well in the present and working towards the future. I am excited to continue working with Ashley, and appreciate her humor, empathy, and absolute calm control which gives me a rock to rely on during our sessions.

Written by K.R. on Nov 04, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, family conflicts, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, and anger management

Ashley is amazing every time I speak to her I feel heard and understood

Written by T.I. on Oct 14, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 4 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, self esteem, career difficulties, coping with life changes, coaching, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Having counseled with Ashley since the past few months has been incredibly rewarding and transformative in my life. I’m glad I have used BetterHelp and found a match with her as a counselor. She’s professional, empathetic, and well rounded in her wide knowledge in psychology and mental health tools for a client. I’ve benefited greatly with her support as I’ve been making important changes in my life.

Written by A.H. on Aug 23, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 months on issues concerning stress, anxiety, family conflicts, coping with life changes, compassion fatigue, and adhd

Ashley makes me feel very comfortable and connected. I always feel like I can be as open as I need to be with no judgment and with lots of understanding from her.

Written by L.A. on Jul 29, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related issues, eating disorders, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

After only working with Ashley for about a month, I already feel she has helped me enormously with the issues that I set out to solve with therapy. I would recommend her to anyone who has struggled with anxiety, relationships, self confidence/worth. Ashley gives me the tools to challenge and evaluate my current/old mindset in order to grow. I’m excited at my progress so far and look forward to working with her more.

Written by P.A. on Jul 18, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 3 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship issues, anger management, and coping with life changes

Ashley is so easy to talk to and makes you feel like a friend

Written by L.E. on Jul 14, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 3 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety

Ashley is a fantastic listener and really makes you feel heard and understood. I have only had a few sessions so far but it feels like I have known her for years!

Written by C.O. on Jul 02, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, relationship issues, intimacy-related issues, and self esteem

Ashley has been so amazing. I was originally paired with a different councillor who wasn't as well suited but betterhelp quickly paired me with Ashley who has been great. She's empathetic, supportive and encouraging. I would definitely recommend her. She's been a great help and has pushed me to better myself without pushing too far and without judgement.

Written by P.A. on May 28, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 3 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, family conflicts, sleeping disorders, self esteem, and anger management

Ashley is an amazing listener and only after a few sessions I felt that she really understood me and what I needed!

Written by S.A. on May 05, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning stress, anxiety, addictions, and relationship issues

Ashley has been an angel. She provides me with amazing tips to help myself when I feel like I am incapable. She is such a great listener and I am so glad to have her as my counsellor.