Ash Compton, MA, LMFT, EMDR-Trained
I believe that people have the tools within them to evoke greater internal and pattern-healing. During a time filled with tumult, uncertainty, and collective dis-ease; it is my pleasure to sit with you in order to create more ease, awareness, and vibrancy that may be embodied in trauma or grief.
Timing and fit matter in seeking therapeutic care. My approach is inquisitive, warm, direct, and encouraging. You can anticipate a therapist that puts clients at ease by using practical tools in a way that creates long-standing insight and movement. I believe in treating the roots, not the branches.
I work with adult individuals, couples, teens/preteens, and full or partial families–focusing on acute and complex trauma, attachment traumas, anxiety, obsessions, disordered eating and thinking, stress, grief, and addictions in humanistic, psychodynamic, and family systems orientations.
I graduated from Pacifica Graduate University in 2016, with a Masters of Counseling Psychology and an emphasis on post-Jungian/Depth Psychology. My first career was involved in the design of 3-dimensional spaces, in commercial interiors. This work set the stage for play with narrative, imagery, and concept-laying rich groundwork for expressive arts, play therapy, and mythic exploration. I completed my graduate clinical practicum at The High Frontier, an adolescent treatment center, focusing on behavioral issues, attachment disorders, substance and internet addiction with adolescents 12-18 years old. Prior to relocating to Austin, I worked in supervised private practice settings in both far west Texas and Dallas, focusing on relational issues and attachment, Sandplay and trauma with couples, adults, and adolescents. I am EMDR-Trained, which I use for acute and complex traumas, OCD/phobias, chronic pain, and as a part of a depth and somatic framework.
In my free time, I enjoy creative expression including writing, drawing, and working with plants in the kitchen and as a herbal hobbyist.
I incorporate intersectionality into the therapeutic space. Threading trauma and attachment work into the modalities I work with means that you are met in the consulting room as a whole person. Outside of therapeutic work, I am engaged in socio-political activism, writing/research in humanistic arenas, and engagement in the climate crisis space. Inclusive and affirmative; I have experience working with Trans, BIPOC, LGBTQIA2S+, Poly individuals, and couples.
Read about how I incorporate imaginal work into the therapeutic space here.
I look forward to working with you.
“I am not what happened to me, I am what I choose to become.” – C.G. Jung
Areas of Expertise:
– Anxiety, Obsessions
– Relational/attachment issues
– Expressive/creative ruts
– Parenting Gen Z kids
– Internet/Social Media Issues
– Climate Change Grief
– Play Therapy
– EMDR with a somatic lens
$145 for 50 minute Individual session
$155 for 50 minute Parent, Couples, or Family session
$225 for Individual 80 minute sessions
$235 for Couples, Parenting, Families, and Siblings 80 minute sessions
Westlake Hills Office, Teletherapy