Carol Ashley, MA, LMFT
I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Washington with a Master’s Degree in Couple and Family Therapy from Antioch University, and a post-master’s certificate as a Primary Care Behavioral Health Consultant, from the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Center for Integrative Primary Care.
My focus is to help individuals, couples, and families heal, energize, and become aware of their inner strengths, which may have become challenging in the face of life transitions or adjusting to life changes such as an illness or loss.
I have over 20 years of experience providing counseling and coaching support to people from all walks of life who are struggling with anxiety, depression, interpersonal and family conflicts, job-related stress, parenting problems, grief and loss, the effects of trauma and abuse, and/or the impact of life transitions on their daily lives. I also specialize in working with clients experiencing the stressors involved in living with a disabling condition and/or those providing caregiving for them. Over the years, I have worked in community mental health, in private practice, and as a health and wellness coach. I currently work part-time in a primary care clinic as a behavioral health consultant to a medical team and volunteer as a co-facilitator for chronic conditions workshops at medical centers and senior centers in King and Snohomish counties.
My history of working with teens and young adults in transition has given me a good understanding of the challenges that can go with making the transition from high school to college or work life after graduation that younger adults often face. And my own transition to a new career in my forties has given me an additional perspective on mid-life challenges. As an older adult I also understand the stressors involved in preparing for retirement and/or facing how to continue to find meaning and structure in life while adjusting to illness or other losses either in one's own life or while caregiving others.
I use evidence-based treatment that includes a family systems, attachment, and insight-oriented approach along with therapeutic coaching to explore how past experiences and learned patterns of coping may be impacting current thoughts and feelings which can keep you from making needed changes and moving forward in your life. I use an eclectic mix of therapy techniques including mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy and distress tolerance skill building techniques to help you self-regulate emotions that can feel overwhelming and make it hard to problem-solve or develop and meet goals. I use my background in health and wellness coaching to help clients learn stress-reduction skills and take action to make the changes needed to live a healthier, higher quality of life. I achieve this by providing a neutral safe space, listening to your concerns, and customizing a treatment plan.
I consider my work with clients to be a partnership where my tools of curiosity and respect help to build the mutual trust between us necessary to develop a foundation of collaboration. I look forward to working with you!