“There’s a lot of things you need to get across this universe. Warp drive… wormhole refractors. You know the thing you need most of all? You need a hand to hold.” – The Tenth Doctor
Ashley Myhre, M.A., LMFT
I want this information to help you decide if we will work well together. To do you that, you probably want to know a little about me and what it would be like to work with me. I have included information about what I do, why I do it, how I do it, and my qualifications for doing it. If you are ready to schedule, contact me now to set up an appointment.
I was motivated to specialize in working with my fellow nerds, geeks, and weirdos, because I learned how hard it was to turn off that part of myself in other jobs and arenas. When people didn’t get my pop culture references, unique type of awkwardness, or just couldn’t understand my newest object of enthusiasm, it was always a bit of a let down. Therapy is supposed to be a safe and accepting space where you can be fully who you are. If you are filtering or toning down your geeky or nerdy parts because your therapist just doesn’t get it, or you’re feeling judged, is that space really as safe and accepting as it could be?
Clients and colleagues tell me that I am gentle, yet direct. I work to create a safe, calm, and nonjudgmental atmosphere, while holding space to acknowledge and process difficult thoughts, feelings, sensations, and experiences. My approach to therapy tends to focus on strengths: I operate from the viewpoint that we are all doing the best we can at any given moment, and that we are each the experts on our own lives and experiences.
I work best with people who are motivated to engage in therapy, and are ready to make some changes or movement toward their goals. I like incorporating humor, and creative and artistic elements into my work. I also tend to provide information and education about how and why things impact our mental health, perceptions, and experiences, as a way to help break the shame cycle all of us get into sometimes.
I receive supervision from multiple Minnesota Board of Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisors. My primary supervisor is Erin Hoffman, LMFT.
For the people who like to know about qualifications: I have a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from Argosy University, Twin Cities, and am currently completing a doctorate in marriage and family therapy at the same institution. I also frequently engage in continuing education to better help my clients who are facing challenges that might fall a little more outside of the mainstream. Prior to becoming a therapist, I worked in human services, nonprofit management, and business administration. I have a bachelor’s degree in business from Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota, and a master’s degree in human resource management from Concordia University, Saint Paul.
I have had specialized training related to trauma, birth trauma, LGBTQIA+ concerns and affirmative therapy, transgender care, somatic interventions, anxiety disorders, psychological first aid, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Gottman Method Couple Therapy, among other things. I also have a certificate in Maternal Mental Health from Postpartum Support International, and am a certified PREPARE/ENRICH facilitator.
Get in touch today to set up an appointment, or request a free 15 minute phone consultation to see if we will be a good fit.