Ashley grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, eventually transitioning to Memphis, Tennessee, and working her way to North Carolina after graduating with a BA in Psychology from the University of Tennessee.
After college she worked with AmeriCorps developing free programs for children and families with low-SES backgrounds.
She was first exposed to the fields of mental health, addiction, and trauma work while working in adolescent inpatient treatment centers as a direct care staff. Through this experience she developed the belief that informs her interest and passion for this work: that human beings are all just trying to feel “okay" and the understanding that that manifests in various ways. From this position she has challenged others to explore how they might show up differently in their lives--by choosing how they want to be, rather than falling back on that which is comfortable and familiar.
Ashley graduated from Appalachian State University with an MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on Addictions Counseling. Prior to her role as Site Coordinator, Ashley worked as a therapist providing individual, group, and family counseling with a focus on addiction and trauma.