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Ashley Carter Youngblood, LMSW, LMFT, CADC, PLT

Inner Peace Counseling, PLC

4155 S 9th Street, Suite D       Kalamazoo, MI 49009     
(269) 254-1211

 

On the journey of life, we all need a little help once in a while. I see my job as one of supporting your progress toward improving your whole Self. My approach to counseling is to partner with you, using your strengths to improve your life and relationships, both with your Self and with others. I love what I do and feel it an honor to be chosen as part of your personal growth. My specialties include holistic health/mindfulness, addictions, anxiety, trauma, couples counseling, chronic pain/illness, women’s issues, and spiritual/cultural issues.

Something important to know is that therapists are not all the same. Each counselor has their own unique style of therapy. And, there are wonderful therapists in Kalamazoo, Portage, and the surrounding areas of Southwest Michigan who do great work. Yet, there are several qualities I have that make me different from any other counselor. Hopefully knowing these things will help you decide if I am the best fit for your needs.

A Description of My Holistic Specialty

Holistic health is the area I am most passionate about and skilled at working with. My holistic approach and interventions used in the process of therapy offer a unique set of tools. I want to help you become fully healthy in every possible aspect of your life – emotionally, socially, physically, spiritually, intellectually, financially, sexually, culturally, environmentally, and professionally.

I also have extensive training, experience, and passion related to incorporating holistic approaches to the process of therapy. This includes Acudetox (a type of acupuncture in the ear that is used to help manage behavioral health symptoms), Journey Healing (a powerful guided meditation for healing), and mindfulness. I am also a certified Past Life Therapist for those who like to explore even more creative aspects of themselves. I have found that these holistic approaches can bring a creative and distinct aspect to healing. Above all, I think it is important to meet you where you are in life and to find ways to navigate the challenges and changes that distract us from accessing our own inner wisdom and achieving our own personal freedom.

My Education and Training

I received my master’s degree from Boston University and have been in the field since 2007. In addition, I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor, Certified Acupuncture Detoxification Specialist, Journey Practitioner, have training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, have completed Level 2 Gottman Couples Therapy Training, and am a member of the National Association of Social Workers.

While the location of my education makes me unique, being both a clinician social worker and marriage and family therapist is also unique in itself. Combining those clinical areas is non-traditional in my field because it requires two separate sets of education. But, I chose to break the mold because I wanted to gain multiple areas of expertise from which I can draw when helping others. This means that I am not in competition with different approaches to counseling but can embrace them all in order to find what approach works best for you.

As a clinical social worker, I can embrace both the individual and the environment. And, as a marriage and family therapist, I can also look at your story from a systematic perspective, incorporating influences of your family, society, culture, ethnicity, and other important relationships that have shaped you. We are not beings in isolation. It is our experiences, our stories, and the meaningful words we use to describe those stories that make us who we are. I feel it is important to recognize that these are the lenses through which we see the world in order to know how to improve ourselves and our situation.

The Uniqueness of my Character

In my mind, finding the “right” therapist to accompany you on your journey is not about competition. There are plenty of great therapists in the Kalamazoo area. But, what I believe makes me unique, aside from my education and training (because, let’s face it, those are just pieces of paper), is my character. I feel I was born to help people. My time in school was simply finding out how I wanted to do that. So, I want to offer my services to contribute to your growth and in celebration of your journey; not as someone competing with other counselors.

Anyone who knows me will tell you, without hesitation, that I am a passionate person. I do what I do because I want to make sure that the outcome is successful and I want to make sure that, above all, I have my client’s best interests in mind. I have experience, specialties, and degrees. But, I see you as the expert. And, I feel it is essential to never lose sight of that fact, even throughout the process of therapy.

If you decide to work with me, you will find that I am deeply sincere in my care about you. The work I do is not a paycheck. It is a way of life. Although I love challenges and enjoy being in the emotional trenches with you, it is my desire to put myself in your shoes and explore what makes you unique that allows me to have a profound insight into your situation. This level of insight is something that has been a source of frequent appreciation from past clients. I share this not out of ego but because I believe that this is the kind of growth that can take place when you find a right “fit” with a therapist that speaks to your whole Self – body, mind, and spirit.

Taking the Next Step

I welcome work with people of all ethnicities, spiritual/religious beliefs, identified genders, economic statuses, ages, education levels, sexual orientations, physical or mental abilities, cultures, or any other characteristic. For more information, please contact me at ashley@kalamazoo-counseling.com or (269) 254-1211. Or, browse my personal website, www.kalamazoo-counseling.com. I would love to speak to you to see if you think we would work well together.

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