Ashley Scott uses a holistic and trauma-informed approach with her clients, incorporating a blend of Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Psychodynamic Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy. She has experience working with adults and children (age 10 years and up) who are experiencing:
- Eating Disorders
- Decreased Self-Esteem / Self-Image
- Sex Abuse / Assault
- Anger Management
- Stress Management
- Life Transitions
- Managing Symptoms of Psychosis/ Severe Mental Illness
- Emotion Regulation / Mood Instability
- Substance Abuse
- Trauma Responses
Ashley’s experience ranges from working with clients in the community whose needs range from severe mental health and substance use diagnoses, at risk children and families, individuals within inpatient psychiatric hospital and facilities, those with cognitive disabilities, and military members and families.
She has a special interest in extending her services to work with student athletes to assist them in developing a better understanding of the pressures and demands of their sport, identify their strengths and weaknesses, overcoming negative self-talk, and learn how to deal with the fears and distractions that can keep them from achieving their goals.
About Ashley Scott, LCSW
Ashley’s goal with JCMG is to create a safe and trusting space where she can assist her patients in exploring what is challenging them, develop goals to decrease the frequency of these challenges, and identify strengths and assets to assist them in improving their emotional and mental health. “I believe in the importance of listening carefully and allowing my clients to teach me who they are throughout their healing process, as they are the experts of their lives.” Ashley believes that therapeutic approaches should be tailored to the individual, as the journey of healing and empowerment is uniquely personal.
Ashley realized she wanted to become a therapist at a young age, when she wanted to provide a space for others to experience unconditional acceptance and compassion, regardless of their situation or circumstance. “Everyone needs someone to listen to them, teach them that they are someone of worth and value, and that they are not alone. I find it an honor to be that person for them on that journey of discovery,” Ashley adds.
Originally from Hollister, Missouri, Ashley and her family moved to the Jefferson City area in 2018 from Stuttgart, Germany. Her husband is currently retiring from the US Army, which during his service had their family live everywhere from Alaska to New York to Germany.
When not assisting her patients, you can find Ashley spending time with her husband and daughter, traveling, golfing, catching up on their favorite television shows/movies, or attending music concerts/festivals. Ashley played basketball competitively in AAU, high school, and college, until knee injuries forced her to hang up the jersey for good. Her husband is a MSHSAA official—and she still carries a love for the game. During the fall, you can find her in a high school basketball gym cheering on our local student-athletes.
Master of Social Work with a Clinical Focus – Campbellsville University in Campbellsville, Kentucky
Bachelors of Business Healthcare Management – American Intercontinental University