Individual & Relational Counseling
Life can be challenging, but there are pathways that we can take to find serenity in our surroundings. I believe that you can have the life you want and the relationships you desire, and therapy can help get you there. By working together in collaboration on goals, cognitive skills, and emotional intelligence, while incorporating your own unique background and beliefs into treatment, we will create a tailor-made experience that fits your needs as an individual or couple.
I work with any matter involving sex, intimacy, relationships, gender identity, sexual identity, women's issues, and men's issues. I provide specialized support around communication skills in intimate partnerships, changes in sexual desire, infidelity, discernment counseling, nurturing sexual growth, self-esteem, sexual identity, gender identity, boundary setting, PTSD and trauma processing.
In my practice I utilize family systems therapy, couples therapy, trauma theory, somatic experiencing, measured humor, and current findings in neurobiology.
Following a rewarding career as a visual artist and filmmaker, Ash moved to Seattle from Los Angeles to attend Antioch University’s Marriage and Family Therapy program. Ash brings a creative approach to working with teens, families, adults, couples, and relationships by meeting life’s challenges head on with care and warmth. Ash’s intention in the therapeutic relationship is to nurture the strength innate in all of us to grow and cultivate our unique selves, through connection and interpersonal balance.
Ash remains diligent when working with a variety of individuals, and keeps everyone’s personal and cultural backgrounds in mind. This practice is a safe space for all, including members of the LGBTQ community, all forms of spiritual belief systems and non-believers, all races, ethnic origins, and nationalities seeking therapeutic services.
We are all unique and complex individuals. Sometimes we may find ourselves trapped by negative thinking patterns, unresolved family and relational issues, as well as the complexities of navigating our own self-identity. As your therapist, I strive to look at the whole of your person when deciding which therapeutic tools to utilize in session. We will work together on collaborative goals to help you reclaim your innate strength to inhabit life to the fullest.
Couples and Multi-Person Counseling
We can learn a lot in relationship with other people, but often our vulnerabilities can be heightened, and we can be at a loss on how to communicate with one another about it. Through learning to listen with softness, communicating more effectively about our needs and desires, and discovering how to love each other with candor, I will help facilitate the process of your rich individual and collective growth. My practice emphasizes empirically tested couples therapy techniques in conjunction with creative and satisfying interventions.
Sex is an integral part of our lives. It encompasses elements of our identity, our sense of connection to ourselves and others, and shows up in surprising ways that can leave us with unanswered questions and dissonant feelings. Unraveling the sexual scripts that we have formed through our lived experiences can help us regain authority and understanding over our sexual selves. Working from a sex positive perspective, I will carefully help you discover how sex shows up in your life, while moving in the direction of integrative sexual growth.