Ashley Johnston, Licensed Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider, provides holistic, supportive therapy to adolescents, adults, and families, striving to address her clients’ physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Ashley earned her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2000 and her master’s degree in Counseling Psychology with an emphasis on Marriage and Family Counseling from the University of North Texas in 2004. Shortly after graduating, she volunteered at the Dallas Suicide and Crisis Hotline and taught various psychology-related courses at Westwood College in Fort Worth, Texas.
After moving back to Nashville, Ashley worked for four years for Youth Villages’ Specialized Crisis Services, first as Lead Crisis Counselor and later as Nashville Program Supervisor. She responded to children and adolescents in crisis and helped provide them with the treatment and services they needed. She became licensed as a Professional Counselor and Mental Health Service Provider (LPC-MHSP) in November 2008 and worked as a Respond Counselor at Rolling Hills Hospital in Franklin for a year while teaching weekly alcohol and drug classes for Educare Counseling Services LLC. Ashley was the Director of the Personal Counseling Program at a private high school in Nashville for five years, providing both individual and group counseling to adolescents and supervising masters level counselors as they furthered their counseling training and development.
Ashley’s specialty areas include anxiety, depression, substance abuse, eating disorders, trauma, and family issues. She utilizes various treatment orientations including Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT), Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Ashley is also a Level I and II trained EMDR therapist. EMDR is a type of therapy that can help alleviate the distress of adverse life experiences and traumatic memories. It can help treat panic attacks, addictions, phobias, sexual and/or physical abuse, and complicated grief, to name a few. For more information about EMDR therapy, please visit www.emdria.org.
Ashley’s personal interests and hobbies include reading, traveling, spending time with family and friends, watching movies, and running marathons – and of course, laughing and learning something new every day!