Ashley Mooney LCSW
Psychotherapy, Training, & Consultation
License #94267 California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Warm, empowering, and skills-focused psychotherapy with specialty in processing trauma, coping with mental health challenges, and managing substance abuse.
Welcome to my Psychotherapy Practice.
Hi there, I'm Ashley and I imagine you're here because you're having a hard time and wondering if talking to someone might help. Maybe you've had trauma in your past (or present) you'd like to talk about. Maybe you're just wanting someone to help you figure out if you're ok.
If you've experienced trauma or are currently struggling with feeling safe (which means you're thinking of hurting yourself or you're in a situation where someone might or is hurting you), I'm here to listen and help you find a path to safety.
If you have a mental health diagnosis and you are looking increase your coping skills I'm happy to help. If you've never been diagnosed with a mental health condition but you're experiencing symptoms that are interfering with your life, I'd love to listen to your story and support you in feeling more calm, secure, and safe.
I have almost a decade of experience being an ally, advocate, and cheerleader for people who’ve experienced trauma, are struggling with substance use, and are having trouble feeling safe and comfortable in their bodies.
If you've never been to therapy before, you've come to the right place - therapy looks different for everyone and I am here to show you how therapy can work for you.
If you have been to therapy before, you're also in the right place - I am excited to bring you back into a therapeutic relationship, see how we can build on the work you have already done.
Starting therapy is scary, I know, but I think you’re ready and I can help. Whatever you’ve been dealing with on your own will be easier to bear between the two of us.
Click the link, Call, or Send me an email for a free consultation and stop dealing with whatever it is all alone.
I'm a Cis-Gender African American woman using She/Hers pronouns. I'm originally from the East Coast and have been in California for over 10 years. I'm a very fast talker, an even faster thinker, and I try my best to slow down so I don't interrupt people, but I'm not always successful!
Some of my favorite places in San Francisco are the amazing escapes from the urban sprawl - Land's End, Ocean Beach, and Sausalito. I love being near water and always feel calmed and soothed by the sea.
When I'm not working I love to make soap, watch movies, read, cook, and bake.
Coping Skills for Mental Health
Life Skills (Managing Housing, Medical Conditions, Finances, Etc.)
Mania or BiPolar Disorder
There are a few things I believe:
You are doing the very best you can.
Whatever you have done or needed to do to get you to this moment got you here, and that matters.
You are here because something doesn't feel right.
With the right support, you can get to the next step you'd like to be.
You are more than what has happened to you.
You matter, your safety matters.
My clinical perspective is deeply rooted in the core concepts of harm reduction, trauma informed care, and motivational interviewing. I also utilize concepts from Cognitive and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy and mindfulness. As a social worker, I hold dear the tenets of worth and dignity of every human being and believe strongly that every person in this world has the capacity to create their best life within them. I understand how hard reaching out for help is and so one my core priorities are warmth, compassion, and being nonjudgmental.
Our work together will be to identify the barriers that are standing in the way of you achieving your goals or feeling your best. My goal is to highlight the strengths, successes, and skills that a person already has to start out with. These skills and strengths will be the foundation from which all future change will start. We'll work together to identify the major and minor challenges you're facing and what your goals are around them.
The pace of our work will be set by you and you will be in the driver's seat. No decisions about you will be made without you and I will never push you to make changes or discuss something that doesn't feel safe. We'll agree on goals. make a plan together, and you'll always have input as to how things are going between the two of us as we go along. I will honor you where you're at, wherever that is. We'll work on making the place that you're at more comfortable and bearable while working towards longer term change, all with your consent and input.
Credentials & Educational Background
Licensed Clinical Social Worker #94267
California Board of Behavioral Sciences
Member, National Association of Social Workers
Masters of Social Work - Mental Health, December 2012
University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California
Masters of Science in Biomedical Sciences, February 2011
Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts
Bachelor of Arts - Anthropology with Departmental Honors, May 2009
Amherst College, Amherst, Massachusetts
Get Help Now
If you are:
Struggling with mental health issues.
Having a hard time right now but do not feel you are in immediate danger.
You can reach out to the Warm Line. It is staffed 24 Hours a day with people who have been where you are and can listen and offer support.
Bay Area residents experiencing a mental health crisis can call or drop-in to Progress Foundation's Dore Urgent Care Clinic 24-Hours a Day.
52 Dore Street
San Francisco, CA