Meet Ashley

I wear many hats: the mom hat, wife hat, the professional hat, therapist hat, friend hat, family hat. Lots of hats…which is weird because I actually I don’t really like hats (see photo as evidence: -20 degrees outside in that picture…no hat). I tried hard during my athlete phase in high school…just never seemed to fit.

My current hats are different than my Carolina Blue Tar Heals cap, though. They may not as vibrant but they are far more valuable to me.

As a wife and mother, I wrestle with the weight of those roles and relationships: how do I strengthen my marriage in the midst of our busy life, how do I parent a toddler, how do I stay present for them when I sometimes feel like I’m drowning, and how do I remember to laugh as I think about these big questions? As a sister, daughter, and friend, I occasionally feel the powerlessness of other people’s choices and their implicit and explicit impact on my life. Yet, I flourish in healthy, strong relationship with others. As a therapist and professional, I feel the weight of other’s pain through stories of their experiences in life and I get to see the light in their eyes as they find hope again.

In all of these things there is so much good, so much beauty, so much learning, and so many tears. As we grow older, the number of hats we wear tends to grow, and with them, the complexity of wonderful and difficult.

In 2008 I received my undergraduate degree from Crown College in Waconia, Minnesota. My degree allowed me to work with volunteers, developing their skills and creating space for them to express their creativity and passion for their community. I moved to Kansas City in 2012 as a way to broaden the reach of my personal experience and have been here since. Kansas City has, in some ways, stolen my heart. I met my husband here and we have chosen to begin our family here. After finishing my Masters of Science in Family Therapy at Friends University, I began my clinical work at Bedford Therapy Group. I am a S-MFT in the state of Missouri and on my journey to complete full licensing in both Kansas and Missouri.

I am passionate about my ability to grow, create, and shape the world I live in through relationship, art, and, honestly, plants. In my down time, I enjoy knitting, gardening, and talking about Star Wars. My husband and I have a daughter who has given me the gift of duality: insane love and infatuation for another person as well as instantaneous frustration about my inability to be the perfect parent.

Originally from Minnesota, I love the fall and winter and desperately dislike humidity.If I could spend my every waking moment on the water, I imagine I just might. I am a chronic pain sufferer; I was diagnosed with Sciatica in April of 2017. I have had two surgeries to address the pain and have experienced a significant impact on my pain level. Nonetheless, I understand how Pain takes from you each and every day. And, finally, I believe that relationship is one of the most powerful and healing gifts we are given in this journey called Life.

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