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Ashley Sorenson

Ashley Sorenson

MSW
16 years of experience
Virtual

Hi! I'm Ashley. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Grand Rapids, Michigan. I graduated with my Masters Degree in Social Work from Grand Valley State University in 2008. Post graduation, I worked 5 years in a nursing home, specifically on the locked Alzheimers Unit. I have spent time working in medical hospitals in the Emergency Department and with patients after they've been admitted. Most recently, I worked 12 years at an inpatient psychiatric hospital, the last couple of years at the Lead Clinical Social Worker on a locked inpatient unit. June 2023 I started my outpatient therapy practices and now work fully remote via telehealth providing individual and couples therapy to clients in Michigan.

What can clients expect to take away from sessions with you?

Our first session together will look a little different from a typical session together. I will give you the opportunity to ask any questions you have at the beginning and end of the session. I will gather information in regard to your history and presenting concerns. We will discuss what you are looking for in a therapist and what an ideal therapy session looks like for you- venting or unloading, problem solving, education/coping skills, feedback, etc. or perhaps a mix of any and all of the above depending on the week/session. We will discuss your main goal for therapy so we know what you want to work on first.

Explain to clients what areas you feel are your biggest strengths.

I have personal experience and understanding to where clients are coming from. I have worked with clients who need a couple sessions and some coping skills who go on their way to the chronically mentally ill population who will be in services long term. I am an LGBTQ+ ally, and in working with all populations strive to meet my clients where they are at and without judgement. My goal is to provide a comfortable environment where you can be fully open and honest in sharing your story, clients who connect with their therapists are the clients who make the greatest progress, in my opinion. I ask that you come as you are, because you are best when you can be uniquely you.

About Ashley Sorenson

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Appointments

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My treatment methods

Solution Focused Brief Treatment

Many clients want solutions now. I can help you figure out the core of your issues or stressors and work towards a solution to help your personal situation.

Cognitive Behavioral (CBT)

Through Cognitive Behavioral Therapy I will teach you the tools needed to take back control over your thoughts, feelings and behaviors. You will learn how to validate your automatic responses (thoughts, emotions, behaviors) as well as learn how to change these within yourself, as well as how to think more positively about the world around you.

Dialectical Behavior (DBT)

Dialectical Behavioral Therapy is a treatment modality used by therapists to teach clients how to effectively and appropriately manage intense emotional reactions. DBT is especially effective for clients who have difficulty managing and regulating their emotions.

Supportive

Therapy can be hard. In using the Supportive Approach, I will ensure to recognize your strengths as we work towards your therapy goals. I will check in on your mental and emotional capacity to perform and execute current goals, and when needed, pivot goals or treatment modalities to better suit your personal journey.

Mind-body approach

The Mind-Body Approach focused on the interactions between the brain, body and behavior. We will discussed the ways emotional, mental, spiritual or behavioral factors can directly affect health.