Meet Ashley
Counselor

Ashley Goodwin, LSW

Ashley specializes in work with children and teens who may be described as quirky or looking for a sense of where they belong; including but not limited to autistic and neuro-divergent, LGBTQIA+, folks experiencing anxiety and depression or non-suicidal self-harm, or survivors of trauma. In her work with children and teens, Ashley partners with clients to walk with them on their wellness journey, to cultivate the sense of belonging they want within themselves and the world around them.  

Ashley has worked with counseling children, teens, young adults, and families of all abilities since beginning her social work journey in 2008. She utilizes a wide range of methods to cultivate a support system for the people she works with including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness and Yoga Strategies, and Animal Assisted Interventions with her trusty partner in therapy, Juniper.

Why Ashley became a therapist

I knew from an early age that I wanted to help others as a career. There was one moment that confirmed this belief. In high school I was part of a leadership class where we explored various careers and post secondary learning opportunities. One of these places was called Gemini House, which was part of the local Family Tree systems of support. Gemini House served teens who had run away from home. What made Gemini House different in my mind was that instead of ticketing or criminally charging (which is standard protocol) the teen and sending them back home; they looked beyond the “problem” and looked at what the teen and family needed to make sure they didn’t feel the need to run away again.

It was their action stepping back and looking at the whole person- the teen and the systems that supported them needed that made me decide to become a social worker. In our lives we all need that person or group of people to step back and see us as whole, not just what may be going wrong for us in one moment in time, and walk with us through the muck so we can live in our light, our fullest selves. 

Ashley & Juniper

Ashley brings her certified therapy dog, Juniper with her part-time and when most clinically appropriate.  

Cost & Location

Ashley is out of network for insurance. Her hourly rate is $150 for individual or family sessions and $50 for group sessions and she can provide you with a Superbill to provide to your insurance if you would like to seek reimbursement. 

Ashley is not enrolled as a Medicaid provider. 

She works out of our Arvada office and virtually. 

Hours

Ashley has evening & weekend availability.  Click the Schedule Consultation button to see her calendar.

Don’t see a time that will work for you? Reach out to Ashley directly: ashley@tribemindbody.com

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Juniper- Certified Therapy Dog

What is Animal-Assisted Therapy?

Animal-assisted therapy (AAT) is a unique therapeutic approach that incorporates animals into the therapeutic process to achieve specific treatment goals. From dogs and cats to horses and even dolphins, animals have a remarkable ability to facilitate emotional, physical, and cognitive healing in humans.

 Reduced Stress and Anxiety: Spending time with animals has been shown to reduce levels of stress hormones and promote relaxation. Our therapy animals provide a calming presence, offering unconditional love and support to clients as they navigate their therapeutic journey.

Interacting with animals can lift spirits, boost mood, and promote feelings of joy and happiness. Our therapy animals are experts at providing comfort and companionship, helping clients feel less isolated and more connected to the world around them.

For individuals struggling with social anxiety or communication difficulties, interacting with animals can provide a safe and non-judgmental way to practice social skills. Our therapy animals offer gentle encouragement and acceptance, helping clients build confidence and develop meaningful connections with others.

Animal-assisted therapy can have a positive impact on physical health as well. From lowering blood pressure and improving cardiovascular health to increasing mobility and reducing pain, the therapeutic benefits of interacting with animals are far-reaching and profound.

 For individuals who have experienced trauma or adverse experiences, animal-assisted therapy can be a powerful tool for healing. Our therapy animals offer a sense of safety and security, providing comfort and companionship as clients process their trauma and work towards recovery.

Our Approach at Tribe

Our therapists work closely with our certified therapy dogs to create a safe and supportive environment where clients can explore their thoughts and feelings, learn new coping skills, and experience the transformative power of the human-animal bond.

Take the Next Step Toward Healing

Click the Schedule Consultation button and learn more about how animal assisted therapy can support you or your child on your journey to feeling better. 

Therapy for Children & Teens in Colorado

We understand the unique needs of young minds and provide tailored treatments that promote growth and emotional well-being. Our experienced child therapists are dedicated to creating a compassionate and engaging therapeutic environment for your child, utilizing a variety of techniques, including play and art therapy, to help them develop essential cognitive behavioral tools for a happier and healthier life.

Childhood is a time of rapid growth and development, and each child’s journey is distinct. Our therapists recognize this diversity and ensure that the treatment is specifically tailored to meet the individual behavior and developmental level of each child. For younger children, we integrate play, art, or other fun activities as a platform for learning and emotional expression. This approach allows children to explore their thoughts, feelings, and experiences in a safe and non-threatening manner, fostering greater self-awareness and emotional regulation.

Preteens, tweens & teens, often facing unique challenges in their transitional phase, find comfort and support in our therapy sessions. Our therapists establish a strong rapport with these young individuals, helping them develop a sense of hopefulness as they acquire skills to manage their emotions and thoughts more effectively. With a focus on empowerment and growth, we aim to instill confidence in children, encouraging them to face life’s challenges with resilience and self-assurance.

For younger children, at the heart of our child therapy approach lies play therapy – a powerful method that honors a child’s unique developmental level and encourages self-expression through play. Play therapy enables children to communicate and process their emotions, thoughts, and struggles in a language that feels natural to them. It serves as a valuable tool in helping children better understand themselves, their experiences, and the world around them.

The benefits of play therapy are vast and versatile. Children struggling with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) can benefit from the structured and interactive nature of play therapy, which helps improve attention span and impulse control. For those grappling with anxiety and depression, play therapy provides a safe space to explore and release pent-up emotions, building coping mechanisms to manage their emotional distress. Moreover, children who have experienced trauma find play therapy to be particularly effective in processing their experiences and facilitating healing.

Behavioral issues are common among children as they navigate their emotions and social interactions. Play therapy offers a platform for understanding and addressing these challenges by allowing children to explore and experiment with various behaviors in a supportive and therapeutic setting.

Divorce can be a significant life event for a child, causing confusion, sadness, and anxiety. Play therapy can help children cope with these complex emotions, providing an outlet for expression and helping them navigate through the changes in their family dynamics. Additionally, play therapy can assist children in developing and maintaining healthy friendships, building essential social skills that foster positive connections with peers.

Our commitment to creating a positive and compassionate therapeutic relationship is at the core of our practice. We understand the importance of trust and empathy in the therapeutic process, and we strive to build a safe space where your child feels understood, valued, and supported. Parental involvement is also highly encouraged, as we recognize the crucial role parents and caregivers play in a child’s development. In certain instances, therapists may invite parents and caregivers to participate in play therapy sessions. This interactive approach reinforces the idea that healing and growth are collaborative efforts involving both the child and their support system.

We believe that child therapy should be a positive experience. Our child therapists are not only professionally trained but also deeply passionate about helping children thrive emotionally, socially, and academically. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child and work tirelessly to identify their strengths and address their challenges in a manner that suits their individuality. According to the CDC, Treating a child’s mental health problems as soon as possible can help children reduce problems at home, in school, and in forming friendships. It can also help with healthy development into adulthood.

If you’re seeking professional and compassionate child therapy services that prioritize your child’s well-being and growth, look no further. Our team is dedicated to supporting your child on their journey towards a brighter and more fulfilling future. Together, we can help your child develop the necessary tools to overcome obstacles, build resilience, and lead a happier, healthier life. Let us be part of your child’s transformative journey towards a brighter tomorrow.

Teen therapy near me for anxiety, depression, relationships, communication

The teen years are hard even in the best of situations. Teenagers face a combination of societal pressure, peer pressure, and academic pressure. Then, you add all of the changes they’re facing right now and everything going on in the world around them. At times, the stress can be debilitating. 

In this new world of social media, technology, and social norms, it’s easy to feel lost in understanding the world teenagers are trying to navigate. Many times, teens have a whirlwind of emotions but just do not seem to know how to appropriately express them. 

Your child is old enough to have their own thoughts, beliefs, and opinions. And yet, they still need you. They need you to provide guidance and support. They may want independence, but they’re not quite ready for it yet. Your teen is trying to create their own identity and figure out their place in the world. So, It’s no wonder so many teens experience stress, anxiety, and depression.

Common issues that bring teens to counseling:

About Tribe Mental Health Therapists & Counselors

You Deserve to Feel Great. We’re Here to Help.

Tribe is a group practice of counselors and therapists that was formed to meet your needs. At any point in your life, whether you are a child or an adult, having outside support can help you to change your path and feel more in control of your life.

Reach out for a free 15-minute consultation to see if we are the right fit for you.

No matter what age group and your counseling needs, we have a therapist or counselor who is the right match for you.  

Book a free 15 minute consultation to meet any of our amazing therapists and begin your path to health and wellness.