Ashley Brooks, PhD, LPC-S, LMFT
Welcome! I am so excited that you are thinking about taking steps to improve your personal well-being and your relationship with your spouse or loved one. Taking these first few steps towards counseling can be scary and uncertain. It is my prayer that information on our website will help answer some questions about us and our counseling approach and make those first steps a little easier.
Life is hard! So are relationships. We live in a world full of hurt and despair; where bad things happen to good people and relationships seem to crumble all around us. Unfortunately, I do not have a magic wand that I can wave to change your circumstances. Nor do I have a magic pill that immediately makes you feel better. All good things come from God and all things of worth take some work to attain.
My goals for you include:
Helping you identify the unhealthy patterns and behaviors in your life that are hindering you from living a life of freedom and abundance. (John 8:36; John 10:10)
Teaching you new skills and healthy behaviors to replace the old patterns and help you reach the goals we set for counseling. Our goal is for your thoughts, beliefs, and emotions to align with the Truth of Scripture.
Helping you come to a better understanding of who God is and grow in your love for Him and for the important people in your life.
Areas of Focus:
I have a Masters in Marriage and Family Counseling, a Masters in Theology, and a PhD in Psychology and Counseling. I am also a licensed professional counselor in the state of Louisiana. I have 20+ years of experience teaching and counseling. My expertise is in trauma counseling and marriage counseling. I am trained in EMDR, EFT, CBT, and Story Informed Trauma Therapy (SITT). I also developed a model of counseling called The Soul Change Model which is a modified CBT approach through the lens of Christian Psychology.
About Ashley Brooks:
I am an outgoing introvert. I deeply enjoy spending time with my close friends and family, but if I were to be honest, my ideal day would be spent curled up by a fireplace with a cup of coffee (more cream and sugar than coffee) and a great book. I delight in spending time with my two daughters and son, who are my favorite little people in the whole world. My husband is my pride and joy. We have been married for over 21 years and each year gets better and better. He is my best friend and the recipient of my highest respect and deepest love. My favorite past times are reading, watching romantic comedies, crocheting, and grabbing dinner with my girl friends. My favorite part of the day is the cup of coffee I have with the Lord each morning. The forgiveness, encouragement, love, truth and acceptance I receive from Him infuses my day with peace and stability I would not otherwise have.