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LPC, PhD Candidate

Ashli East

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.

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.

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.


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

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