HOW I WORK

Where attachment-based, emotionally-focused and psychodynamic therapies intersect.    

Image of Ashley Batistick's office where she sees couples and individuals for therapy. Image includes a chair, bookshelf with books, and a side table where potted plants fill the space. The room is warm and inviting.

As a therapist I practice Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), an empirically-based model of change that helps couples and individuals through distress by targeting the emotions driving negative patterns of interaction. (You can learn more about the model here.)

 

I am training to become certified and have completed its advanced Core Skills course and routinely seek supervision. 

 

I hold a master’s degree from Pacifica Graduate Institute with an emphasis in both depth psychology and marriage and family therapy.

 

Through the psychodynamic lens I see what it means to be human, living with symptoms like depression and anxiety and coping strategies like addiction and behavioral struggles. Less diagnostic and more symbolic, these struggles gain our attention in hopes to realign ourselves toward wholeness. 

 

In my experience, both psychodynamic and emotionally-focused, attachment-based therapies go hand in hand.

One directs us inward to be in relationship with ourselves; the other, outward to be in relationship with the world. 

Clients have said that I am a deeply engaged therapist, one who leans in to both the challenging and joyful moments of our work together. I won’t simply nod and passively repeat back to you what you bring to session. I care about what you are here to work on and I am in relationship to it as much as you. 

 

My past clinical training includes providing affordable therapy for individuals and couples at the Women’s Clinic Counseling Center, working with children and teens at the Antioch University Counseling Center, and also with school-based, at-risk youth through group-led programs with the LA Department of Mental Health. My work in communities also includes leading support groups for new mothers navigating challenges within the first year of motherhood. 

 

I have extensive training with Sheryl Paul of Conscious Transitions, learning how to help clients navigate anxiety associated with major life transitions, and I have also been a frequent co-moderator for her online support forums connected to courses dealing with relationships and self-trust. 

 

Now that you know more about me, I’d love to learn more about you. 

 

I offer free 15- to 20-minute consultations to learn more about what you want to explore.