ASHLI EAST

LPC, PhD Candidate

Ashli is accepting new clients.

Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different?” –C.S. Lewis

We often want change to happen immediately. Especially because everything is accessible at the click of a button. At any given moment, we are capable of changing what we are doing, who we are with, how we socialize, what we eat, how we shop, all just to satisfy our immediate desires. More often than not, we want to change our immediate circumstance because it ultimately changes how we feel.

Dream

Feelings are important because the mere responsibility of existing on this Earth is hard—and that I stand by. Regardless of privilege, social status, or personal drive, the daily ins and outs of being a human is challenging. I emphasize this because therapy is often stigmatized or advertised as being a service for the mentally unwell. I, however, have a different perspective on the matter: I believe that therapy is for the mentally well and strong. It takes a great deal of strength to recognize that you want your life to be different. And it takes a great deal of courage to take the next step to change it. Therefore, I commend you for just being here on our site— it’s honestly the hardest part! If you are not new to therapy, welcome back. Either way, we are happy you’re here. Since choosing a therapist is often the next difficult step, I want to share a little bit about myself to hopefully help you along your decision-making process.

 

To say the least, I grew up with my fair share of challenges that did not make my journey easy. Through the right guidance, timing, and support, I truly feel free from the perils of my past. Growing up with little income and the natural consequences of having young parents, my life was tough. I had low self-esteem, I did not believe I had talent, nor did I believe I was smart enough to achieve any “big” dream.

Discover

It’s astounding to see how devastatingly wrong I was. Not only did I pursue my dream of becoming a therapist, but I also discovered an abundance of talents such as art and photography. Additionally, I pursued several hobbies that include tennis, cooking, horticulture, and being a pet mom. I have a blue Pomeranian named Lux and a white Persian cat named Oliver—they are the lights of my life! To my relief, everything I’ve accomplished would not have been possible without a little help from therapy, self-discovery, and the desire to change. Like you, I want to be the best possible version of myself. My best hopes from working with you is to help you achieve the same.

Qualifications

PhD-Candidate for Counselor and Counseling Education, Texas Christian University

ASHLI EAST

Blog contributor, Podcast contributor, artist extraordinaire, in-house photographer, lover of all things Freud, our very own social media guru.

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