independent practitioner

Ashley Garrison, LCSW, LMSW

  • Master's Degree in Social Work
  • ​2 years Post-Graduate Supervision in Bowen Family Systems Therapy
  • Bachelor's Degree in Social Work
  • Associate's Degree in Art

 

Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Missouri

Licensed Master Social Worker, Kansas

 

Ashley is an LCSW specializing in individual, group, and couples therapy. Ashley

brings over 7 years of experience as a social worker working with adults, children,

and adolescents. In addition to private practice, Ashley works as a medical social worker and mental health evaluator for Saint Luke’s Health System and furthermore is a contractual behavioral health provider for Missouri Military and National Armed Guards.  Ashley has prior professional experience working with adoption and foster care clients at Kaw Valley Health Systems, providing parenting supervision and recommendations at The Layne Project, working with adolescents in substance abuse treatment at Preferred Family Healthcare, and assessing and clinically treating both inpatient and outpatient clients with an assortment  of needs at Two Rivers Psychiatric Hospital.


Ashley uses a wide variety of evidence-based therapy models including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Cognitive Processing Therapy (CPT).  With each unique client needs, a common treatment theme for Ashley is to provide therapy using Bowen Family Systems and Narrative Therapy which are both highly effective in the treatment of anxiety and depression. Ashley believes in using a bio-psycho-social-spiritual modality to treat the whole person, so that personal success may continue long after sessions are finished.


Ashley specializes in working with clients with a range of needs. Most commonly, anxiety disorders, depression including post-partum depression, mood disorders including bipolar, substance abuse, and co-occurring disorders. A Christian-based therapy approach is also available upon request.


Ashley is a reliable, empathetic, compassionate therapist commited to each individual clients needs.  In your work with Ashley, you can expect to improve your overall level of functioning and core happiness by working in and out of sessions. 


"I aim to not only gain your trust but create a nurturing environment that feels safe and comfortable. Most of my clients tell me how easy it is for them to open up in therapy with me, which is a surprising and welcome change for those with prior negative experiences or concerns for starting therapy for the first time. I believe that the experiences we have in life effect us but don’t have to define us as a person. I also believe that you are more than the choices you've made.  Let me help you transform any area of your life whether it be financial, relational, vocational, or emotional. Let me help you find purpose and fuilfillment. Let me help you find calmness in a chaotic world." Ashley


Ashley has office hours and availability in our Liberty & Raytown offices.