Ashley Bryan

Graduate Intern
Graduate Intern
Ashley Bryan

Contact

She/Her

Works at Lakeview

773.880.1310 ext. 7254

English

Education & Training

Degrees

  • BA, Boston University, 2018
  • PsyD, Roosevelt University, Expected 2024

Values & Philosophy

I entered into the mental health field determined to challenge the ways in which my own identities have been historically underrepresented in therapist communities. As a black, queer woman, I originally sought my own therapy hoping to connect with someone who held similar identities as mine, and who could affirm my intersections as culturally Caribbean. My own experiences within the Caribbean culture and community showed me the ways in which therapy is stigmatized, often creating barriers to care for those who may otherwise benefit from a therapeutic relationship. My goal as a therapist is to create a space that affirms and celebrates your intersecting identities.

I have always found myself grounded by my roots. My roots are made up of my identity, culture, relationships to others, and connection to my body and the earth. We all have different values and components of ourselves that ground us and I believe we are in search of feeling rooted to ourselves and connected to those around us. We can begin to feel uprooted by experiences with depression, trauma, anxiety, grief, anger, loss, oppression, etc. It’s in those moments we need connection. I value the opportunity to create a space in which you can begin to feel rooted again.

Over the course of my work thus far, I have acknowledged the power of developing a trusting relationship with one another during therapy. I intend to be intentional about getting to know you as a client by exploring the ways your values, identity, and hardships intersect. I believe that moments of self-reflection and vulnerability are pivotal in the process of healing. I utilize a strengths-based approach and strive to incorporate a calming presence, active listening, and curiosity into the therapeutic relationship. I intend to help you get to a place of emotional autonomy where you feel comfortable applying the work inside the therapy room to your everyday life.

In therapy, I believe that there should be shared power in the room between you as the client and myself. You are the expert of your own experience and feelings. I strive to incorporate multicultural frameworks into my practice because I believe that ethnicity and culture have an effect on the way we experience the world. We all need some extra support at times to feel rooted once again and I am here to support on that journey.

Area of Focus & Specialization

  • Racial and Intergenerational Trauma
  • Identity Exploration, Development, & Intersectionality
  • Minority Stress

I work with…

  • Individuals (Adults, Adolescents, Children)
  • Relationships (couples) 
  • Families (chosen & family of origin)

Modalities

  • LGBTQ Affirmative Practice
  • Feminist and Multicultural Approaches
  • Mindfulness

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