Acorn is so excited to introduce our newest therapist-Ashley Barkley, LPC.
I entered the field of counseling and mental health in 2004 based on my love and interest in interacting with people. I felt drawn to a helping profession as I recognized how the course of my life had changed based on the positive influences of others in my life. I am from Oklahoma and graduated from the University of Oklahoma twice (Boomer Sooner!). In 2005, I graduated with my degree in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. I completed my Master’s in Education with an emphasis in Community Counseling in 2009. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 7 years of experience. I began my career in the reunification of children and families who had been in the foster care system in Oklahoma. I am familiar with the court system and feel passionately about helping families learn to parent effectively together in challenging situations. In 2010, I became a school counselor. This provided me with a great understanding of schools and the struggles that children often face in a group setting. I believe that environment plays a large role in healthy functioning so something unique that I offer clients in conjunction with office therapy is a one or two session observation of the client in their natural environment (i.e. home, school, daycare). I have worked in many areas of the counseling field and have truly loved the different dynamics that they offer. My focus has been children and families but I enjoy working with a variety of people.
I moved to Denton two years ago, and while I’m not quite ready to call myself a Texan, I have truly embraced Denton and love the charm and authenticity of the city. I do not take insurance as I feel that it divides my focus from therapy to insurance administration, which is outside of my knowledge base and my passion.
I am so excited to be the newest member at Acorn Counseling Education Services and I look forward to serving you!