The Full(ish) Story
Hello reader! My name is Ashley. I’m a licensed clinical social worker and mom of two amazing daughters. I have 6 years of experience as a therapist conducting both group and individual therapy (2 years as an intern, 4 years as a professional social worker). I have three years of experience (and counting) as a stay at home mom. I graduated with my Masters in Social Work in 2013 and soon after began working in the field professionally. I love social work, I love being a therapist, and after experiencing my own pregnancies and starting my family I have a passion for working with new parents. In my most recent social work position I helped to start a therapy group for newly delivered moms experiencing symptoms of postpartum mood and/or anxiety disorders. I was able to participate in many trainings including the two-day training for clinicians through Postpartum Support International (PSI), and I found so much joy in working with new moms.
This blog is my way of marrying these two sides of my life together: mother and therapist. I love working in the field, I love working with new moms, I love writing and researching, I love being able to help financially support my family, and I also find a lot of satisfaction in staying at home with my daughters. In writing this blog I hope to reach lots of new moms, dads, grandparents, and friends and provide you with articles, tips, resources, and information to help in what is, for some people, the loneliest and scariest time of their lives. It can also be the most joy-filled and connected time of your life. For some this comes easier than others. It’s ok to be ok, and it’s ok to not be ok. I love PSI’s motto: “You are not alone. You are not to blame. With help, you will be well.” I want to help you experience joy and connectedness, and that is my goal with this site.
Thanks for visiting! Be well.