Ashley Cooper, LMHC
I think about healing as a continuum- one that holds moments and connections that impact our sense of self, our sense of belonging and dreams for our future.
Sometimes the process of healing is so subtle that we don’t notice our growth until suddenly things feel different – and you realize- parts of you are different. And there’s a newfound connection with the you that has been there all along.
Just as moments and connections help us heal – some can really hurt. In order to make sense of the pain that we’re alone with, we often turn it inward. This can leave us with even more painful beliefs about ourselves and the world.
Whatever has brought you here, I want to understand. I know that right now I’m a stranger to you, and starting a new relationship can feel overwhelming. We will move at a pace that feels most comfortable for you.
Feeling better is completely possible. Feeling MORE than better is too.
Over the course of therapy, our relationship will evolve as you grow. Sometimes I will offer curiosity, new ideas and techniques. Other times, I will draw from our dynamic to help you understand your experience in the world. Most of all, I will trust in the wisdom and strength you already possess to guide us. We’ll create space for the parts of you stuck in the shadows to come forward to be seen, known and supported. And together, we will help you access your fullest healthiest self.
I work intuitively, creatively and do my best to listen for what is spoken without words. I have found that when we can move out of the “thinking mind” and into our somatic experience, we can really catalyze insights and shifts in our behavior. Some of the tools that I lean on to help us include my certifications in: EMDR, Embodied Eating Disorder Recovery, and Emotional Freedom Techniques (“Tapping”).
I hold a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling from New York University and completed advanced Eating Disorder training from the Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy’s Center for the Study of Anorexia and Bulimia. I am also trained in CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), and ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.
Alongside my passion for psychotherapy, I have worked in small business development, management and recruitment for the past 10 years. I serve as the Managing Director here at Erika Malm Collective, where I am committed to supporting the growth of a community that aligns with my deepest values.