Therapist Spotlight: Jane Ashley, LPC
Jane Ashley is a Licensed Professional Counselor who approaches her work with people from the perspective that the problems they are struggling with in their lives are not who they are. She provides collaborative work to help heal old wounds, and to build on dreams, hopes and what we value in our lives. Read her full bio here.
Jane works at our Denver-Hale Parkway location. To schedule an appointment with her, please contact our intake department. See below for more information about Jane!
What self-care techniques or activities do you do?
I love taking my dog Daisy Mae (half Pitbull/half Chow — and a very sweet dog) to the off-leash dog park for a 1-hour run/walk with her best friend Stella (my daughter’s half Bassett Hound/half Lab) 5 or 6 days/week. I also meditate regularly.
What made you become a therapist?
I switched careers from being a newspaper journalist in my 30s to going back to graduate school to become a therapist. What both careers have in common is a love of people, a desire to help, and a love of stories as holding the possibility of change and transformation in our world. I had become somewhat disillusioned with journalism as it was becoming more commercialized and hyper-competitive, and I yearned to be able to connect in a more personal and helpful way with the people whose stories I heard. I also became a mother at age 33, and I wanted to have a career that was more flexible so that I could raise my children the way I wanted, which meant not working 50-60 hours a week.
What are your specialties?
Narrative therapy, creativity, mindfulness, relationships, grief and loss, parenting, divorce issues, and life transitions.
Did you have a career before becoming a therapist?
I was a newspaper editor and reporter prior to becoming a therapist.
Why do you believe that counseling can help?
We learn, grow and change throughout our lives whether we engage in counseling or not. As the saying goes: change is inevitable, growth is optional. With counseling, we can focus on our hopes, dreams and intentions and find ways to create a life that takes us in that direction. Sometimes this happens by recognizing and identifying the attitudes, beliefs and habits that are getting in our way. Sometimes we discover that we have forgotten our dreams somewhere along the way, and by remembering them, we can begin to make the changes we need to create the lives we want. We as counselors serve as co-explorers along this path.
Why is it important to seek counseling?
None of us do life alone. When we are down and troubled, isolated or lonely, discouraged, anxious or depressed, we need to be able to reach out for help. Counseling offers a connection and pathway to feeling better and to having richer connections that create happier and more fulfilled lives.