The heart of Ashly’s approach is experiencing the healing power of emotion while simultaneously feeling safe and empowered.
Her approach has its roots in psychodrama, but recently includes elements of Internal Family Systems Therapy and Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy as she continues to deepen her studies and practice.
Ashly works with adults, couples, children, and families facing power struggles, school refusal, family-of-origin issues, depression, anxiety, identity issues, cultural adjustment, co-dependency, and self-reliance.
Ashly is a certified clinical psychologist in Japan who practices therapy in both English and Japanese. She studied clinical psychology at the Tokyo University of Social Welfare, where she learned and practiced a wide range of psychological testing, ongoing assessment techniques, and an emotionally-focused therapeutic approach.
Outside of work, Ashly love exercising whether it is yoga, Pilates, tennis, or the occasional volleyball game. She also plays Nintendo 64 and sings karaoke with family and friends.
Key Concepts: psychodrama, Internal Family Systems Therapy, Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy, adults, couples, children, families, power struggles, school refusal, family-of-origin issues, depression, anxiety, identity issues, cultural adjustment, co-dependency, self-reliance, psychological testing, ongoing assessment techniques, emotionally-focused therapeutic approach
o Psychodrama: a type of group therapy in which what one experiences on the inside is enacted through movement and action with the help of other members of the group. Elements of psychodrama can be used with individuals, couples, and families as well.
o Internal Family Systems Therapy: a type of therapy that can be used with individuals, couples, or families. This therapy holds that there are different parts that make up the whole system of our personality, and at times these parts can come into conflict, or otherwise generally not work well together. Thus, by working with these parts, it becomes possible to better the system as a whole.
o Emotion-Focused Couples Therapy: a type of couples therapy that centers on all human’s inherent need to be safely connected with others. The goal is to build safety within the relationship and repair damage done to the couple’s bond such that the couple can continue to maintain and repair their relationship after therapy is complete.
Illustrations by Kento Iida