Meet ashley

“My style is warm, collaborative, honest, direct, and compassionate. I have formal training in several evidence based therapeutic interventions and, at the core, I support a personalized and strength-based approach to foster the most positive and effective therapeutic experience. I have a passion for supporting families, their children, teens, young adults, and parents who are struggling with various social, emotional, and behavioral milestones. I specialize in challenging cases, too. Examples include those with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with developmental delays, and those with childhood traumas or people who are in need of crisis intervention or part of a high-risk clinical population.

I help people of all ages recover from and cope with depression, anxiety, grief, milestones and life transitions, employment and educational challenges, and self-esteem/self-identity development. I am skilled at using elements of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), Mindfulness, Trauma-Informed Care and Motivational Interviewing. Above all, I am committed to be your support leader with care and compassion.”” 

Ashley Ayres is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in both California and New York. She has over 15 years experience working with various populations including families and their children, teens, young adults on the Autism Spectrum and those with other developmental challenges. Originally from sunny California, Ashley obtained her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from California Lutheran University and her Masters of Art degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University. She started her career as an Early Interventionist using play based techniques with young children in school, home, and community based environments.

She advanced to a Residential Therapist and Program Director at a Residential Treatment Facility for teens and young adults on the Autism Spectrum, struggling with emotional and behavioral challenges, and teens in the foster care system. After relocating to the beautiful Hudson Valley, she started a private practice in Kingston, NY in 2019.

Training and Certificates:

Ashley is certified in the following disciplines:

PEERS: skills training intervention for adolescent and young adults with autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, anxiety, depression, and other socio-emotional issues.

MindUp: neuroscience-based process to regulate children’s stress and emotions, to reduce aggression, anxiety and depression.

Seeking Safety: evidence based model to help survivors with trauma and substance abuse, while avoiding emotionally distressing narratives.

DIR Floortime Model: a relationship and play-based intervention used for all ages, especially those on the Autism Spectrum or with developmental delays.

Ashley is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the New York MTF Network (NYMTF Network), the California Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (CAMFT) and the Hudson Valley Guild of Mental Health Professionals

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