Ashley Emmons, LCMHCA, CRC

Therapist

My Approach

I believe that therapy is a collaboration between the therapist and the client. You know your history and your experiences better than I ever could. You are the expert on you. My goal is to provide a safe and supportive environment that helps you process your thoughts, memories, and experiences so you can make choices that lead to a fulfilling life. I provide client-centered counseling; I believe that all people are innately good and have the internal capacity and desire to grow and shift their lives in meaningful ways. I believe you are resilient. In addition to supporting you in a safe space, I will challenge you to notice unhelpful patterns in your life and help provide tangible techniques for shifting those patterns.

I specialize in helping adults with eating disorders, body dysmorphia, body image distress, difficult life transitions, and disorders of over-control. I am heath-at-every-size (HAES) affirming; I celebrate diversity and I believe that all bodies are good bodies. I primarily use dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), Acceptance and Commitment therapy (ACT), values work, mindfulness, and solution-focused techniques with my clients. 

My passion for body neutrality and body acceptance guides my work.  I am passionate about helping people. This includes reducing body image distress, creating safer relationships with food, reducing depression and anxiety, and releasing the fear that you’re not good enough! When we work together, I’ll ask you to challenge yourself and I’ll help guide you every step of the way as you do. 

  • Treatment Specialties

  • Services Provided

  • Education

    M.S. Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,
    B.A. Social Science, Summa Cum Laude, Ashford University
    200-Hour Kunga Yoga Lifestyle & Teacher Training, Wilmington Yoga Center

  • Experience

    I am a licenced, certified mental health counselor associate (LCMHCA), a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC) and registered yoga teacher (RYT200). I spent the early part of my therapeutic career working with adolescents in a wilderness therapy environment. I transitioned into utilizing my background as a registered yoga teacher and designed and taught yoga for mental wellness programs. I also received training in trauma-sensitive yoga principles. The connection between the brain and the body is one that I believe belongs in therapy. As such, I spent a year and half, working with people with eating disorders at the partial hospitalization and intensive outpatient levels of care.

  • Insurance

    Blue Cross Blue Shield (excluding Blue Home with UNC Health Alliance and HMO plans)

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