Ashley Valence, M.A., NCC, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern
In her own words ...
I am happy to call the Sunshine State my home as it is where I was born and have lived most of my life. There is a good chance I will never leave because, much like reptiles, I consider myself cold blooded and it is too cold to live anywhere else. When I manage to find some free time, you’ll find me spending time with my husband, cuddling with my cats, leisurely reading a book, or soaking up the sunshine at the pool. I also love a good game night with friends and family.
My journey in this field started in high school after taking a psychology class where I realized I wanted to work in the mental health field in some capacity. This then lead me to graduating from the University of Central Florida with a Bachelors in Psychology, a minor in Crime, Law and Deviance, and a certificate in Behavioral Forensics. After working in a behavioral health facility for a couple years I discovered the most meaningful way for me to fulfill my desire was to become a mental health counselor. So, I went back to UCF where I attained my Masters in Mental Health Counseling and a certificate in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy. Currently, my primary interest is in working with adults and couples, although my door is open to anybody.
Sometimes life is difficult. We may struggle with disorders, feel stuck, have difficulty with acceptance, lack a means of, or feel disconnected. No matter how small or big the issue, reaching out for help can make all the difference in helping us to deal with whatever life throws our way. I believe that counseling has the ability to set people free, help them to find peace, reconnect, and can open their eyes to the infinite possibilities there are when we take the time to invest in ourselves, our relationships, and our overall wellbeing.
In the words of Maya Angelou, “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”. My hope is to bring that to my clients to help them discover how they can thrive in their own lives.