Ashley Brewer, MA, LPC @ Onward & Upward Counseling Center, LLC

329 Colorado Ave
Pueblo, Colorado
United States
(719) 470-0997

Bio

My professional career in the mental/behavioral health field began in 2005. It has been a rewarding experience that continues to expand my interest and competencies. I have had the honor to meet and work with many varied individuals through a variety of professional settings.


* My passions consist of helping victims/survivors of human trafficking, individuals struggling with ADHD/ADD, anxiety, depression, trauma, PTSD, parent-child conflict, abused/neglected youth, family therapy, pre-marriage/marriage therapy, couples therapy.


These ventures include:

  • residential treatment facilities as a Mental Health Assistant (ages 5-50), and Licensed Therapist (ages 7-21) providing individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy for trafficked, abused, neglected, traumatized youth
  • a Group Therapist in a day treatment program for at risk, inner city youth
  • Residential Group Home Manager for adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities
  • an Assistant Site Supervisor in an aftercare program for elementary and middle school youth
  • a Lead Direct Support Professional (DSP) for individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities
  • an Intensive Outpatient (IOP) Mental Health Professional (ages 12-16)
  • In Home Counselor, Certified Behavioral Assistant, Parent Mentor, Licensed Clinician for at risk, trafficked youth and other abused, neglected, traumatized youth
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in a group practice for individual counseling, family counseling, group therapy, varieties of educational classes, cooperative parenting and divorce classes
  • Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)/Director in a private practice providing individual counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, pre-marriage/marriage counseling, support group. I do take private pay with sliding scale options if needed, EAP (Employment Assistance Program) through ESI, CuraLinc, HealthAdvocate, I accept Cigna, United, Optum insurances; in process for ComPsych for EAP/insurance/critical response crisis intervention as well as Magellan EAP & insurance.


The built therapeutic rapport is an essential part of the client’s journey towards living a meaningful and positive life that brings trust and growth through a safe space to do so. A main aspect of this coming together is my focus on each client’s strengths, genuine care, emotional validation, non-judgment, passion to help, dedication, and mutual respect.


I use a blend of approaches that fit each client for an individualized experience. The main ones consist of:


  • Person-Centered where the therapist is open/straightforward and the therapist and client share ideas and feedback
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy has focus on the influence of self-talk and belief systems
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy is help with depression/chronic unhappiness and dysfunctional thinking that combines CBT with mindfulness
  • Strengths-Based Styles where the therapist makes the client’s strengths the focus and highlights them for motivation to help with client have positive thoughts/feelings and behaviors
  • Nurtured Heart Approach combines strengths-based and mindfulness
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy where the therapist and client work collaboratively on a reachable solution for change
  • Motivational Interviewing helps the client resolve ambivalent feelings and insecurities to find the internal motivation he/she needs to change his/her behavior. It is a practical, empathetic, and short-term process that takes into consideration how difficult it is to make life changes.
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy promotes change in behavioral patterns associated with self-harm, substance abuse, mood disorders, etc. by providing individuals new skills to manage painful emotions and decrease conflict in relationships
  • Reality Testing Therapy focuses on the consequences of one’s choices and actions while working with the therapist to set goals for the client’s ideal life
  • Imago Relationship/Couples Therapy dialogue skills/practice for couples, family members, and committed relationships
If you are in an immediate crisis, please call 911 in the US and Canada, 999 in the UK or 112 in Europe.
Alternatively, you can visit Befrienders Worldwide to find a suicide helpline for your country.

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