Ashley Hollingshead

QMHA, Student Intern
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My Bio

You cannot change the past and you cannot predict the future. Now is the moment in which we can change something and this is where we will do the work that we need to do. This is where our collaboration will take place. This is where growth, change, and healing will happen: right now.

Some theories and modalities that are resonating for me at the moment are Person-Centered Therapy, Gestalt Therapy, and Somatic Experiencing. I’m interested in Person-Centered Therapy because I believe that people are capable of healing themselves. I like the importance that Gestalt therapy places on the here-and-now and the presence of the two people in the room together. I have had many profound experiences using Somatics and my body to process through emotions and experiences, and I want to facilitate that for others as well. In all of these modalities, the person of the counselor is an important element of therapeutic relationship. I believe in bringing yourself to the room and allowing that personal relationship between the client and the counselor to facilitate change. In all of these modalities, the techniques and interventions used in the therapeutic process are chosen with each specific client in mind. I believe that, as no two individuals are identical, no two therapeutic processes are identical. I am committed to counseling from a trauma-informed, social justice, anti-racist, and anti-oppression framework.

My path to becoming a counselor is a winding one! I am currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health at Adams State University in Alamosa, Co. I have a MFA in experimental theatre from Columbia College Chicago. It was during this course of study that I experienced true embodiment and its healing potential for the first time. I also have a BA in theatre from Western Washington University. Outside of work and school, I facilitate a twice monthly movement lab, enjoy reading with my cat, riding my bicycle, and cooking delicious semi-elaborate meals.

My Focus

  • Adults
  • Adolescents
  • Queer Community
  • Artists
  • Gender and Sexuality Empowerment

My Approaches

  • Somatic Experiencing
  • Person-Centered Approach
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Queer Theory



Supervised by: CATHERINE SIMS, LPC