Ashley Houston

(MS, LPC)

About Me

Welcome! I want to commend you for taking the step to explore therapy as an option. I know this is no small feat, especially if you’re battling the idea that therapy is seen as a weakness and not a solution. I assure you; therapy can be a valuable and useful tool for your life. So again, I welcome you.
To me, therapy really comes down to two people in a room building a foundation of trust. I promote an environment of engagement, reflection, and growth. My goal is to help you understand yourself and understand that you are more than what has happened to you. You are far greater than your worst day.
I believe that therapy is a space of non-judgment, a space for bouncing around new ideas, a space for creating solutions, and a space for forming a better relationship with oneself.
I graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a Bachelor of Science in Neuro-Psychology, gaining an understanding of the connections between our bodies, our minds, and our behavior. I earned my Master of Science in Clinical Counseling with a concentration in Trauma Studies from Chestnut Hill University, embracing the idea that everyone can live a healthier, more fulfilling life no matter the hardships they’ve been forced to endure. My therapeutic style is eclectic and depends on the needs of the person I’m working with because every patient is unique. I have almost a decade of experience in both inpatient and outpatient settings working with severe trauma and crisis in both children and adults. My experience this past decade has included being a residential counselor, therapist, and Assistant Director at a mental health crisis program for many years. I also have experience working in the clinical trial world, linking person-centered mental health care with safe and effective medication to improve wellness and quality of life for individuals suffering from mental illness.
I have had the opportunity to work with clients with anxiety disorders (OCD, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, etc.), depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, psychotic disorders, substance abuse, co-occurring substance abuse/mental health diagnoses, relationship conflicts, bereavement, and behavioral diagnosis.
Specialties:
Bereavement
Grief and Loss
Trauma and Stress Disorders
Anger Management
Thank you for considering therapy and remember:
There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you. -Maya Angelou


Specialties

  • Stress, Anxiety
  • Trauma and abuse
  • Grief
  • Self esteem
Also experienced in:
Addictions , LGBT , Family conflicts , Intimacy-related issues , Anger management , Bipolar disorder , Depression , Coping with life changes , Compassion fatigue , ADHD , Communication Problems , First Responder Issues , Read more...

Clinical approaches:
Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Psychodynamic Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy

Years of Experience: 9

Services Offered


  • Messaging

  • Live Chat

  • Phone

Licensing

LPC #PC011771 (Expires: 2021-02-28)


Reviews

Written by M.A. on Nov 19, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 5 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, family conflicts, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ashley has been my first experience with any therapist and I'm glad i finally took the leap of Faith to regularly talk to a therapist. My sessions have helped me see things I didn't see before and expand my hopes even on my bad days.

Written by E.A. on Oct 12, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, grief, self esteem, career difficulties, and coping with life changes

Ashley is patient, kind, and honest! Exactly what I need!

Written by B.E. on Aug 14, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 3 weeks

Ashley is a compassionate listener and non-judgemental. I would recommend her to anyone experiencing grief

Written by C.H. on Aug 12, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning trauma and abuse

My first time doing therapy and Ashley is marvelous! She gives me concrete and honest feedback in a calming and informative way. She has documents, references, and worksheets handy to help guide me through my personal journey. Highly recommended!

Written by T.Y. on Jul 27, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, and self esteem

Ashley is able to forge meaningful connections quickly. Her focus on growth allows for meaningful conversations to lead to impactful realizations. She is constantly learning and shares her knowledge is an easy to understand and helpful way.

Written by M.A. on Jul 21, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 1 month on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, trauma and abuse, and anger management

She's wonderful. She meets me where I am, and empowers me to take control of my own story and how I choose to share it. After decades of stumbling to phrase myself in ways other therapists could understand, it's so freeing to have someone like Ashley.

Written by R.A. on Jul 15, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 1 month on issues concerning stress, anxiety, self esteem, anger management, career difficulties, and coaching

Ashley is so helpful. She is not just excellent at reading a situation to provide excellent advice, she follows up to make sure you are making steady progress.

Written by A.M. on Jun 17, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship issues, trauma and abuse, grief, intimacy-related issues, sleeping disorders, anger management, and compassion fatigue

She’s very knowledgeable and passionate in her job.

Written by S.A. on Jun 10, 2020 after counseling with Ashley for 2 months on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, intimacy-related issues, coping with life changes, and adhd

Ashley was an incredible listener. Even over the phone you could sense how much she truly cared, which is so hard to find in a therapist.