“The strength of my soul was born on the backs of moments that brought me to my knees.”
I believe the most profound statement made in the beginning of the therapeutic relationship is “you are the expert on you.” Ashley believes that the basis of therapy is a safe and welcoming connection between client and clinician, and from there trust can be established. Ashley’s primary focus in therapy is meeting each client where they are and allowing them the autonomy to collaborate with the clinician to find what path in therapy will be most meaningful to them. Ashley uses a great deal of expressive activities when guiding clients through their healing journey because she feels that not all emotions can be verbalized, and sometimes a simple color or shape can define a wealth of feelings. Ashley is trained in EMDR, has a background in intensive trauma therapy, and incorporates elements of CBT and DBT into each session as needed to ensure that the client leaves with the tools to thrive outside of the therapeutic space. Ashley champions the use of positive psychology and focusing as much on what is going well in a client’s life equally with what needs improvement, so integrating narrative therapy techniques helps clients to envision a brighter future and a more peaceful self.
Ashley received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Clayton State University and earned her Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Mercer University. Prior to becoming a therapist, she worked in Clayton County Public Schools for 14 years in various capacities before settling into the mental health field by undertaking various jobs in addiction rehabilitation, interning in social work, and eventually working at Laurel Heights Hospital for her graduate school internship and further accepting a staff position upon graduation. Before coming to Summit Counseling, Ashley worked for CHRIS 180 in the Fulton County Public School System providing individual therapy for students, family therapy, linking parents to community resources, and attending IEP/504 meetings to advocate for the student’s needs.
When Ashley is not counseling she can be found at the park with her 3 children, Kennedy, Alexandria, and Roman as well as her French Bulldog, Zephyr. Ashley enjoys gardening, interior design, and spends a great deal of time supporting her husband in his role of championing human and worker’s rights. Ashley travels as much as she can and loves to experience new cultures and cuisines.
Ashley Nash is under the directed experience and clinical supervision of Janet Fluker, M.ED., M.S., LPC, CPCS.