Ashley P. Crooks, LPC, NCC, MS, CAC

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    Job Title :
    Licensed Professional Counselor

    Areas of Treatment :
    Mental Health and Substance Abuse

    Specialties :
    Counseling

    Practice Name :
    Counseling By the Sea, LLC

    Location :
    Somers Point, 08244 United States

    Practice Website :
    www.counselingbytheseanj.com

    Description of Practice :

    I am a licensed therapist in the state of New Jersey. I have a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology with a concentration in Substance Abuse Studies. I maintain licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) at the state-level, and am recognized as a certified counselor (NCC) at the national level. I am also a certified addictions recovery coach.

    I work from an integrative and eclectic standpoint, looking to help clients to heal from their respective issues using evidence-based techniques. I focus on enhancing the well-being of the mind, body, and spirit using various modalities such as cognitive-behavioral therapy, dialectical-behavioral therapy, family systems, emotion-focused, trauma-focused, anger management, and exposure and behavioral therapy.

    I have experience working in inpatient, outpatient, and private practice settings in New Jersey, Florida, and Connecticut treating children, adolescents, and adults struggling with various mental health and substance use disorders. I work with individuals, couples, and families, as well as have extensive training in group counseling. 

    I work with adults, couples, and families. I have training and experience in working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, personality disorders, obsessive-compulsive disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, grief, eating disorders, marital/family conflict, behavioral issues, self-harm, anger, panic disorder, phobias and substance/alcohol use disorders.

    Education/Degree :
    Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling

    Board Certification :
    National Board of Certified Counselors

    How do you try to make a difference in the lives of your patients?

    I try to make a difference in my clients' lives by treating each client individually, tailoring treatment plans and therapeutic techniques to his or her own needs. Each client is different, and I treat each client specially. I try to go above and beyond to provide my clients with what they need at any given moment, as well as try my best to create a safe space for my clients to discuss, process and heal from their respective struggles. I meet my clients where they are at emotionally and mentally, and do what I ethically and therapeutically can to help them meet their goals. I remain empathetic and compassionate with my clients, and give each of them the attention and devotion that they deserve. Furthermore, I seek guidance and supervision from other professionals in order to continue growing as a mental health professional, as well as engage in continuing education and keep up-to-date with research and ethical guidelines in my field.

    Professional Society Memberships :
    American Counseling Association; International Association of Healthcare Professionals

    Honors and Awards :

    • Psi Chi Honor Society
    • Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society
    • Dean's Scholarship Award
    • NSU Honor Award
    • "Top Counselor" in South Jersey by IAHCP

    Attributes Success To:

    I attribute my success to my level of perseverance, work ethic, motivation and passion for helping others. I also have incredible mentors who have taught me along the way how to succeed professionally. I cannot imagine myself doing anything else as my life's work. Therefore, the drive and love I have for not only psychology, but for counseling others, keeps me motivated and pushing forward to be a better therapist each day. Furthermore, I educate myself not only on research, ethics and therapeutic techniques in my field, but also educate myself about business and finance in order to build a successful and worthwhile practice for my clients.

    Languages :
    English

    Place of Birth :
    Norwood, New Jersey

    Gender :
    Female

    Favorite Medical Journal :
    Journal of Clinical Psychology

    Hobbies/Sports :
    Exercising, yoga, meditation, spending time at the beach, playing with my dog and reading

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