As a normal part of life, we run into unexpected transitions, stresses and losses. Relationship changes, academic challenges, work stress, and health issues can create very uncomfortable feelings, physical problems, and impair our ability to cope. We may even start to act in ways that are outside our normal character. Counseling can help. I believe each human being can access the resources to live authentically and with integrity. As a therapist, I work cooperatively with you, the client, to identify helpful means to reach your unique goals.
Ashley is a therapist committed to the mothers of the Auburn/Opelika community and beyond. She contributes her time and expertise toward support groups and community action. As a working mother, Ashley understands how community, culture, and self expectations shape our experience and influence our bonds with our children. Ashley has trained as a birth and bereavement doula. She founded the local nonprofit Cradled Hearts, which provides carefully-curated memory boxes filled with supplies to families who have suffered a pregnancy loss at East Alabama Medical Center. These supplies encourage rituals and memory-making for the short time a family has with their baby. Cradled Hearts also partnered with two families of daughters who were born still to raise money for a Cuddle Cot, which was donated to the local hospital. Ashley believes trauma-informed care during and after such a devastating loss is critical for a more uncomplicated grief process, and Cradled Hearts envisions this type of care for families in East Alabama. Additionally, Ashley is a founding board member of the former East Alabama Birth Village (now Alabama Prison Birth Project) and serves as its licensed social worker consultant.