Therapist:

Dr. Ashley M. Prado, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-Intern

|Supervised by: Dr. Martha Jo Atkins, LPC-S|

 Education

    • The University of Texas at San Antonio:  2014-Current, Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education and Supervision
    • The University of Texas at San Antonio: 2012-2014, Master of Arts in Community Counseling
    • Texas A&M University: 2008-2012, Bachelor of Science in Psychology

Clinical Experience

    • Sarabia Family Counseling Center
    • ABODE Contemplative Care for the Dying
    • VITAS Innovative Hospice

My Counseling Approach

Life events and occurrences can be satisfying, alleviating, and peaceful.  These events and occurrences can also be stressful, overwhelming, and demanding.  My belief is that individuals seek counseling in their most needed moments to explore all aspects of life experiences, pleasant and unpleasant.  My passion is to help individuals find and live a meaningful and fulfilling life during times of both pleasure and hardship. 

My main purpose for counseling is to offer clients a safe, collaborative, and respectful environment that fosters healthy emotional, mental, relational, and social well-being.  In my work with clients, I utilize an eclectic approach with a primary focus on relational therapy.  This permits clients to identify the role previous and current relationships play in their lives, and helps clients recognize reoccurrences of thoughts and feelings about themselves and the surrounding world.  I strive to assist clients in recognizing their strengths and areas for growth to reach a greater sense of self-worth, acceptance, and life satisfaction. 

 My experience working with clients nearing the end of life and their families opened an appreciation and usefulness for contemplative arts such as deep listening, journaling, and story telling.  In addition to these techniques, I employ role-playing, life reviews, and other useful methods dependent on client goals and needs.  My focus is to assist with short and long-term objectives.  My overall goal is to help clients reach their full potential, at the beginning, middle, and end of life. 

Areas of Clinical Interest & Focus

Anxiety

Bereavement Support

Caregiver Support

Coping Skills

Death and Dying

Depression

Grief and Loss

Individual, Family, and Groups

Life Transitions/Adjustments

Stress Management

Self-Esteem

Professional Associations

             American Counseling Association

             Association for Death Education and Counseling

             National Board for Certified Counselors

             The Association for Creativity in Counseling

             Texas Association for Counselor Education and Supervision