Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and provides specialized treatment for OCD and related anxiety issues. She has a warm and compassionate nature that helps to support her clients through therapy as she understands the strength it can take just to make a therapy appointment and walk through the office door. She carries an immense amount of respect for her clients and all the work that they do. She is honored to be a part of their journey.
Ashley received her undergraduate degree from Carlow University and her graduate degree in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pittsburgh. As a grad student, she completed an internship at the Adult OCD Intensive Outpatient Program run by Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. During her training, she was immediately drawn to the ERP (Exposure and Response Prevention) therapy model and inspired by the dedication of the patients as they engaged in treatment to combat their OCD symptoms.
Prior to joining The Center for OCD and Anxiety, Ashley was a therapist at the Pediatric OCD Intensive Outpatient Program run by WPIC. It was at the Pediatric OCD IOP where she really honed her skills in applying ERP to a wide array of OCD symptoms, and developed an ability to support children and families affected by OCD. Ashley has also worked as a medical social worker at UPMC East, where she helped patients manage complex medical and mental health concerns. There, she developed skills in mental health assessment and crisis management, and also trained in the therapy approaches of DBT and Motivational Interviewing. As a medical social worker, Ashley was awarded both the Above and Beyond award and the ACES award for her work with patients.