Hi! I'm Ashley and I love helping anxious people find more self-kindness and expand their possibilities for growth.
Licensed Professional Counselor in Houston, TX
If you're dealing with anxiety you might feel tense, worried, or be filled with racing thoughts or feelings of dread. It's possible anxiety might be showing up in your body in the form of digestive issues, headaches, or muscle tension. I help my clients slow down, get in touch with their thoughts, feelings, and body sensations in order to get clarity on what's really bothering them. We work on identifying what anxiety is getting in the way of in order to help you move towards what matters.
Acceptance and commitment therapy (ACT) is a type of therapy that helps people accept the difficulties they are experiencing as a part of life, identify their values, and take action that aligns with these values. The premise of ACT is that struggle is a part of life, and fighting against it gets us nowhere, and can sometimes make things worse. If we accept the struggles we face but decide to move forward in spite of these struggles, we can achieve our goals and live a life with more meaning and purpose. I incorporate compassion-focused practices into my ACT work, helping you acknowledge the ways in which you are being hard on yourself, and how being a little bit kinder might help you move towards a life of valued action and meaning.
Stress can impact your body and mind, leaving you feel depleted, exhausted, foggy, and tense. You might be experiencing stress from work, family responsibilities, finances, chronic illness, or a combination of factors. I want to help you change the things that are change-able and focus on accepting the things you can't change. For that accepting part, I will give you some tools that you can use when stress is overwhelming you - simple, actionable strategies that can help you accept what's happening and not get too caught up in the worries that come with stressful moments.
Problems with self-esteem can come in so many forms. It may come in the form of relationships - wondering if you're worthy of another's love or attention. It might come at work, with feelings like you are a fraud or you will never be good enough to advance in your career. It might come in the form of day to day anxieties - those little worries that can sometimes add up to paralyzing self-doubt. I want to help you sort through these worries and insecurities and develop new ways of coping and new thought patterns that can help counteract these beliefs. I also teach my clients mindfulness and self-compassion, which are tools that can help improve self-esteem.
I worked for several years helping hospital workers sort through the stress that comes from long hours and lots of responsibility. I have a passion for helping people learn how to enjoy their jobs again and re-ignite the passion they once had (or find a new passion if necessary!) I love helping my clients find work-life balance and learn where they need to focus their attention to take better care of their health and happiness.