Dr. Ashley M. Prado, Ph.D., NCC, LPC-Intern
|Supervised by: Dr. Martha Jo Atkins, LPC-S|
- 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
- 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
Death and Dying
Grief and Loss
Individual, Family, and Groups
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