Ashley Brown

Ashley Brown, MA, LCMHCA, NCC

Finding the right therapist can be stressful and even scary when searching for someone to disclose the most vulnerable parts of ourselves. Knowing this, I take on a very person-centered approach, as sessions are yours to steer, ensuring that clients feel safe when discussing certain vulnerabilities, difficult thoughts, emotions, or experiences. I also believe that part of self-discovery may include exploring our attachments and relationships with others in our lives, relative to current struggles. Within sessions we may unpack thoughts, emotions, and experiences relating to differing attachments, both positive and negative, to gain a better perspective and understanding about the self and how we relate to others in the here and now. Coming from a Puerto Rican background, I also know it is important to explore cultural aspects within our lives and ensure a safe space to discuss and explore those avenues as well. I always aim to create an environment that is collaborative in nature while utilizing research-based interventions from various therapy methodologies such as, but not limited to: Psychodynamic Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Experiential Mindfulness Practices. Within my own trauma healing journey towards positive mental health and well-being, I have learned first-hand of how important it is to have a safe space to explore difficult thoughts, emotions, and the self. Through those personal experiences and my studies with counseling, it has ignited my passion for providing that safe environment for others while processing or navigating through their own personal healing journeys. I aim to encourage and empower others to see and embody the strength, that they already possess, in order to move towards their most authentic selves and a positive lifestyle of their own making. Being a trauma survivor myself and coming from a Military family of Marines, I thoroughly enjoy working with Veterans and Sexual Assault survivors. I also enjoy working with members of the LGBTQ community and being a part of their counseling passage. I firmly believe that regardless of background, cultural differences, or lifestyle everyone deserves the opportunity to take steps towards positive mental health and over well-being. I am also very passionate about working with individuals and families affected by Autism and ADHD.I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate through the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors (LCMHCA- #A15504). I am also recognized as a National Certified Counselor (#1373484). I have a bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology from Kutztown University and earned my Master of Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Northwestern University. Since 2013 I have provided therapeutic and behavioral services in various work settings within both Pennsylvania and North Carolina. For the past 2 years I have provided counseling services for children, adolescent, and adult individuals, couples, and families. I like to have fun and move within sessions, so some days may not be the typical sit and talk for an hour type of session. Through my own healing journey and life experiences, I know it can be difficult and sometimes intimidating to sit and disclose vulnerabilities for an hour; which is why my ultimate goal within sessions is to make you feel comfortable and safe to be yourself while utilizing interventions that gets us both up, moving, and getting creative! Specifically, I utilize experiential techniques of Walk-Talk and other Mindful Movement activities. Art and nature are also other factors I try to incorporate within sessions. With my love for the outdoors and extensive knowledge on the mental health benefits of the combination of movement, talk-therapy approaches, and the biochemicals of nature, we may engage in this experiential therapeutic adventure together! Overall, I aim to bring my most authentic self into sessions with the hopes that clients will feel safe and comfortable to share their most authentic selves as well. Together we can collaborate in untangling what, at first, may seem daunting and impossible to reach a point of peace , acceptance and appreciation. Outside of my passion for counseling others, I love getting outside, going for a good run, engaging in yoga practices, enjoying anything Harry Potter related and being able to spend some quality time with my husband, two Pitbull rescues and my cat!