We are so excited to welcome Ashley Falco, Registered Psychotherapist, to our team! She is a great addition to our team, with a shared focus on young professionals while also an ability to dig deep into self-esteem, body image and self-compassion.
Apart from her experience and credentials, another great thing about Ashley is that she has a different designation as a Registered Psychotherapist, so check your benefits plan as you may find you have coverage for her services (especially as the rest of our therapists are Registered Social Workers).
We wanted you to have the chance to get to know Ashley a little bit better so we asked her to share a little bit about herself and her work. Meet Ashley!
1) What made you decide to become a therapist?
I knew I wanted to be in the field of psychology when I took my first year undergraduate course in psychology. While everyone dreaded reading endless pages of our Psychology 101 textbook, I found myself not able to put it down. Almost intuitively, for as long as I can remember I’ve always been passionate about helping others.
Having struggled with mental health issues myself, I’m able to find purpose and meaning in life by guiding others through their healing journey. I’m a therapist because I believe in the capacity of humans to overcome struggle, create meaningful change in their lives and reach their full potential.
2) What do you love most about being a therapist?
Everyday I have the privilege of learning from my clients. I’m humbled by their resilience in the face of adversity, and by their courage in allowing me to step into their inner world and experiences of anxiety, pain and loss. It’s so rewarding seeing the meaningful change and self-growth clients go through. I believe that a strong therapeutic relationship, compassion and empathy are essential to this work, and that suffering becomes more manageable when we genuinely feel heard and understood by an authentic other.
3) Do you have a favourite quote or mantra?
I have many! – here are a few….
“You are confined only by the walls you build yourself.”
“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.”
"The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old but on building the new."
4) What’s one therapy technique you use most often yourself?
One technique I find very helpful and use in my daily life is to be mindful of and reframe my thoughts. Over time I have practiced identifying negative thoughts patterns that are counterproductive to my mental health. When these negative thoughts arrive, I am able to recognize and reframe them into more constructive positive thoughts.
I often remind myself that our thoughts are just that – thoughts. They are not facts. Having a thought doesn’t make it true. Writing them down can be helpful, as this creates distance between our thoughts and ourselves. Observe them, let them go, and live in the present.
Ashley is quickly getting busy with clients in her practice (mostly because her clients find her so warm, approachable and relatable) so book with her now before her practice fills. You can schedule an initial 15-minute phone call with Ashley to learn more or jump right into session by booking here.
Want to learn more about Ashley? Visit her bio page here.