Ashley McGirt is the founder and President of the WA Therapy Fund. She is a psychotherapist, Tedx international speaker, and author who has been featured in Forbes, MSNBC, The young turks, OWN, Bravo, & more. Ashley has received a Masters of Social Work from the University of Washington. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. Ashley currently owns and operates her own private practice. In her private practice, she focuses primarily on racial trauma, depression, and anxiety. Ashley actively works toward de-stigmatizing mental illness and reducing high rates of recidivism in American prisons, in an attempt to create a more socially just society for all. Ashley offers presentations, workshops, group facilitation, and consultation specializing in racial trauma, mental health, crisis response, social justice, and racial equity. Ashley strives to help others find happiness and healing within themselves through unpacking their baggage, resting, reflecting, and restoring themselves to be whom they were intended to be on this earth.
To her peers, Ashley is most known as a world traveler. Throughout Ashley’s extensive world travels, she has had the privilege of working with a wide variety of individuals and families from different cultures, with different backgrounds, as well as from varied age ranges. Ashley believes in incorporating the multicultural experience into practice as it plays such an immense role in one’s overall development and some of the traumas to which many people of color have become exposed. Due to Ashley’s extensive travels and lived experiences she was compelled to write, “I tried to travel it away: mental health tips for travelers”. Her book is also the theme for one of her most sought out workshops on self-care and travel!
We are all broken and wounded in this world. Some choose to grow at the broken places. Sometimes when you’re in a dark place you think you’ve been buried, but actually you’ve been planted
“Shouldn't I be over this by now?"
Let's talk about what 'over this' really means.
Sometimes we just need someone to sit with us in our fast-paced world while providing a listening ear during the noisy chaos of our surrounding environments. Therapy sessions can provide us with this and more. Ashley believes in molding sessions to fit her clients’ needs No matter what obstacles you bring to her office whether you are suffering with anxiety, depression, racial trauma, career transitions, or greif and loss you will be met with non judgment, compassion, & professionalism. Ashley will guide you through to a better place and by understanding what you need internally and teaching you skills to translate your newfound self-knowledge into a positive direction.
Together we willl build your emotional and cognitive skills to help you be more self-aware and able to access your inherent strength and resilience. Ashley believes that a solid and honest therapeutic relationship is the foundation for positive growth and change. In working with clients, Ashley loves to include and embrace their cultural identity, sense of self, and how it plays a role in their worldview and presenting concerns. Ashley is also able to include her Christian perspective to clients who desire faith based treatments
I have an eclectic style of therapeutic approaches tailored to meet the individual needs of my clients. Each style is as unique as my clients and will work to help one attain the personal growth they are seeking through therapy. I am an advocate of social justice and work to combat oppression. I am aware of how class, gender, race, and sexual orientation impact mental health. Through my psychotherapy, I seek to deconstruct internalized oppression. I use psychotherapy, CBT, Art, strength-based therapy to help my clients develop coping skills new thought patterns, behaviors. , and modeling appropriate behaviors to my client. I have a special passion for those who are experiencing racial trauma, suffering from depression, and anxiety. I am also skilled to work with those in crisis, grappling with career choices, stress, and family issues