About Me

I have been there. 

 

I know that therapy helps people because it helped me. Having a space to talk freely and openly is powerful.  Therapy allows you to make decisions, trust your self, and increases confidence.

 

When we don’t understand what we want in life, we can lose sight of our path. We may drink more, stay in relationships for far too long, and/or avoid relationships and people altogether.  I want to help with that.

  • Anything goes.  When working with me, I want you to feel safe expressing your fears, strengths, weaknesses, and preferences

  • Honoring your experience.  Sometimes we get shy about the things we want to talk about.  We worry what others will think.  Whatever you want to talk about with me is granted importance. I want you to feel at ease sharing yourself with me.  

  • Reflective and Accountable.  Here is the thing... I am going to hold you accountable to what you want by using your own words. I am going to remember what you tell me, and I am going to reflect those words back to you to help you stay on the path to where you are trying to go. 

  • You matter to me.  I care about you. I am talking to you because I want to. I am listening because I like to. I want you to know you are important to me.

 

I have done a lot of work around accepting and honoring differences. I am naturally inquisitive. I want to understand why you feel the way you do, just as much as I want to feel the feelings with you.

 

I am fiercely loyal. Sometimes I get a bit protective. If we are working together for a while, and someone hurts you, I am going to have feelings about it. 

 

I develop strong relationships. I believe that our relationship has a lot to do with how you ‘feel better’.  My support, encouragement, and acceptance can help you feel more at ease and empowered to take actions that feel good and help you feel stronger. I will teach you how to communicate non- defensively and stay grounded throughout difficult conversations. 

Here is the thing though, I am not going to change you.  You are going to change you, and I am going to do my best to reflect those changes when I see them happen.

 

I believe in equality.  I acknowledge my privilege and try to keep informed on issues of sexism, racism, classism, etc.  I feel tremendous compassion for inequality and am an advocate for change. 

 

Education

 

I received my Masters in Counseling from the California Institute of Integral Studies.  I spent two years training at the Pierce Street Integral Counseling Center. I spent one year training at Charles Drew Elementary in the Bayview, where I ran groups and provided individual therapy to K-5th graders. 

I received my BS from San Francisco State University, where I studied Health Education.  I interned for the Boys and Girls Club, where I developed my skills in educating kids and staff on healthy food choices.

I am trained in EMDR.  I am in group and individual consultation and believe the personal work of the therapist is one of the most helpful things to being a successful therapist to others.

EMAIL ME to schedule to talk.  

Ashley Grant, MA, LMFT

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist #105584