Thank you for visiting my profile! It takes strength to realize that you need help or guidance in your life. The truth is, we all need it at times! My name is Ashley Widmayer. I am a licensed mental health and substance abuse counselor in the state of Wisconsin. Over the past 14 years, I have worked with people suffering from depression, anxiety, addiction, and the stress of life change and transitions. I have spent time working in a number of settings, including community mental health/ addiction clinics, Hospital-based addiction treatment (ResidentiaI, Partial Hospital, Intensive Outpatient), College Counseling Center, and a group Private Practice. I am a primary referral resource for local college students dealing with a variety of issues from daily stress/anxiety to more serious addiction or mood disorders. I have experience working with clients ages 13- to 80-years-old. I love to work with adolescents, young adults, and the young at heart!
I have trained in Motivational Enhancement, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapies, Solution-Focused Therapy, Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and related approaches (ACT, DBT). I like to focus on developing your strengths to deal with issues, while providing compassion, humor, and advice when needed. I do not focus on diagnoses, but rather focus on the whole person, life, and situation. As a unique individual, your treatment and goals will be tailored to your needs and preferences.
A little to know about me: I am a proud Aunt. I am a very dedicated Mama/Servant to cats and a dog. I love the outdoors (walking, hiking, biking, swimming, kayaking), trying to be active, yoga, mindfulness practices, laughing, listening to true crime podcasts, reading sci-fi/fantasy novels, napping, cooking and eating.
My availability for live sessions can vary, so if you are interested in having a live session, let me know when you would like to schedule.
I look forward to working with you!
Additional areas of focus: LGBT, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Intimacy-related issues, Eating disorders, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coaching, Compassion fatigue, ADHD, Body Image, Co-morbidity, Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Eating and Food-Related Issues, Family Problems, Fertility Issues, Forgiveness, Gender Dysphoria, Guilt and Shame, Infidelity, Isolation / Loneliness, Life Purpose, Mood Disorders, Multicultural Concerns, Panic Disorder and Panic Attacks, Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships, Process addiction (porn, exercise, gambling), Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), Self-Love, Sexual Assault and Abuse, Sexuality, Social Anxiety and Phobia, Women's Issues, Workplace Issues, Young Adult Issues
Clinical approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Client-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Solution-Focused Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy
WI LPC 4772-125
You can’t expect someone to respond 24/7 because these people have their own lives. But Ashley has been great and is always offering new tools to help me cope with my different stressors. She has been very understanding and tries her best to keep me on track. I appreciate her.
Written on Jun 16, 2018 after therapy with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, addictions, relationship, and self esteem
We haven’t been communicating for very long, but so far I’m very impressed with Ashley’s super attentive responses. She’s timely and doesn’t make me feel like I’m over reacting or wrong. I’m excited to keep talking. :)
Written on Dec 09, 2017 after therapy with Ashley for 2 weeks on issues concerning depression, stress, anxiety, relationship, trauma and abuse, intimacy-related, and self esteem