Life guarantees us both sunny days and stormy days; it's about how you embrace the sunshine and persevere through the storm that makes the journey BEAUTIFUL!
- Ashley Staples, MSW
After graduating from high school, I decided to study Psychology and Criminal Justice at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). The experience was amazing, and with the support of my mentors I made the decision to further my education by pursuing a Master's Degree in Social Work. I always speak of how happy I am with my academic experience, because I feel that I have "the best of both worlds". Studying human behavior, paired with an emphasis on the impact of one's environment and needs has equipped me with the ability to provide holistic counsel to those struggling with a wide variety of issues in life.
I have provided therapeutic services in many settings: non-profit and for-profit, health care, secondary and higher education, community-based and more. I host workshops and events designed to edify those who attend, and create safe spaces for self-exploration while integrating a new network of support within the community. I am a public speaker who both inspires and motivates people to be their best selves, and I am a mentor who supports the goals and aspirations of those in need of encouragement while pursuing their dreams.
I love to help people work through problems. My belief is that the only way one can heal is to do intentional work- uprooting old things (mindsets, hurts, behaviors, etc) while planting new ideas that promise a good harvest! I enjoy infusing art (visual, dance, music, writing, and all other art forms) in my practice, and believe that your gifts make room for you to heal! I am all about encouraging you to endure/continue your journey, and I believe that with patience, hard work and faith your dream will not return to you void.
I believe in spiritual wellness; this means that regardless of how you identify (I work with individuals of various spiritual backgrounds), the core of you desires something GREATER! Working with me, I will assist you in tuning in to what your spirit is calling you to do- this leads to ultimate HEALING and PURPOSE!
We are all imperfect and uniquely designed, and that's what makes us BEAUTIFUL; our differences provide us with the opportunity to teach and learn, building a stronger tolerance for people while still being able to hold on to one's own truth.
Helping people has always been one of my passions; I knew I wanted to be a counselor when I found myself, at an early age, analyzing and assessing human behavior. I always wanted to know the "why"; what makes someone "tick", why are people defensive, why do people shut down, why do people lie, why are we guarded and so much more. I found it fascinating that there are universal "truths", but that each person also has a unique experience that can change their outlook on life.
This made me determined to learn more about these various truths, and to assist people with understanding different perspectives WHILE still being able to hold on to their own.
AREAS OF EXPERTISE
Career + Professional Counseling
Coping with Change
Family + Relationship Issues
Grief and Loss
Identity / Self-Esteem
Race and Gender Related Issues