Ashley Eldridge

MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Ashley  Eldridge
(910) 777-5185

Ashley Eldridge

MSW, LCSWA, LCASA

Professions: Clinical Social Worker, Mental Health Counselor, Addictions Counselor
License Status: I'm a therapist practicing under supervision.
Primary Credential: Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate - P011383
Billing and Insurance:
I am an in-network provider for:
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS)
Fees: I accept all insurance plans as an out of network provider. I accept private pay and offer a sliding fee scale for reductions of rates listed here.

Adults and Adolescents (ages 15+)

Intake--Initial Evaluation $150.00

Individual Sessions
30 min Session $50.00
60 min Session $100.00
EAP Services $60.00

Family Sessions (3+ individuals)
60 min Session $150.00
90 min Session $200.00

Crisis Counseling
60 min Session $150.00

Groups
60 min Session (ea.) $30.00
90 min Session (ea.) $40.00i
Free Initial Consultation
Weekend Availability
Evening Availability

Offices

3825 Market St, Suite 6
Wilmington, North Carolina 28403

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My Approach to Helping

My passion for helping others and belief in the power of empathy, compassion, and connection to transform lives led me to enter the counseling field. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker Associate and Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. I have an 18 year history of working in the mental health and human services field with children, adolescents, adults, and older adults in home, community, and office settings. I have experience in the areas of crisis management, developmental and behavioral therapy, psychotherapy, case management, trauma treatment, substance abuse and mental health counseling, inpatient and intensive outpatient therapies, group therapy, family and couples therapy, comprehensive clinical assessment, grief counseling, counseling for coping with medical conditions and terminal illness, etc. I am passionate about supporting clients in their recovery journeys from mental health and alcohol or substance use disorders. I have experience treating clients with dual diagnoses and complex recovery needs. I use evidence based practices and tailor the therapeutic modalities that I use to specific client needs and desires. I primarily use the modalities of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), solution-focused therapies (SFT and SFBT), mindfulness-based therapies (MBCT, MBSR, etc), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and Motivational Interviewing (MI).

I enjoy the arts and using my creativity and artistic gifts to help others explore visual, written, and expressive arts as an outlet for self expression, exploring identity, and processing emotions and life stressors. I love animals, have two rescue dogs, and have experience using animals in a therapeutic capacity and exploring the use of emotional support and service animals to help clients make progress in their recovery from trauma, anxiety, depression, and other mental health conditions.

Additionally, I have experience working with individuals who are grieving and have experienced losses or dramatic changes in their lives. I have a passion for helping these individuals process their grief, find meaning and purpose in life post loss, and discover new joys in a life that is different from that which they had planned. Furthermore, I have experience working with individuals with chronic illness, terminal illness, and significant health conditions. I am passionate about helping these individuals access supports and community resources to meet their needs while coping with medical and health stresses. Such illnesses are isolating, can induce significant depression, and often result in traumatic, acute, or chronic stress that makes it necessary to find help to gain coping skills. I find great fulfillment in facilitating these individuals in learning to cope and finding small joys and purpose that bring renewed satisfaction, peace, and pleasure in life.

In my career, I have also enjoyed working with the LGBTQI community. I believe strongly in social justice and fighting for human rights for people of all genders, racial, ethnic, cultural, spiritual, and sexual backgrounds. I have experience working with clients transitioning, exploring their sexuality, gender identity, andor desiring to improve their sexual health. It is a pleasure to support clients in this journey and to share their joy in embracing their sexual and gender identity and meeting their sexual health needs.


In addition, I enjoy exploring spiritual health with clients who may have experienced trauma in religious settings in the past or wish to better meet their spiritual needs. I believe that spirituality is deeply personal and is very different from religion. I define spirituality as a sense of purpose and connection to others and the world around a person. It may or may not involve belief in God, religious teachings, or a supreme being but typically individuals finding a connection with something bigger or greater than themselves. Individuals may find a higher power in nature, a supportive group or sponsor, the universe, or belief in positivity, love, or goodness that exists in everything and can be harnessed for personal growth. Furthermore, I have experience with counseling from a Christian, Buddhist, or mindful perspective, and enjoy supporting clients in exploring religion and their personal faith as a tool to help facilitate their recovery.

More Info About My Practice

Other Services Available:

Spanish-Speaking Therapist Available

Culturally Informed Care:

Ethnic Population Experience: African-American, Hispanic--Latino, Asian, Native American, etc.

Alternative Languages: I speak some Spanish and ASL, but I am not fluent.

Spiritual Counseling and Counseling from a Christian or Buddhist--Mindful Perspective

Racial and Ethnic Identity Needs


Special Populations

Sexuality--Sexual Health--Sexual Orientation--Gender Identity:

LGBTQI
Heterosexual
Asexual
Intersex
Pansexual
Polyamorous
Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
HIV AIDS Allied
Non-Binary Allied
Queer Allied
Sex Worker Allied
Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
Transgender Allied and Transitioning Needs
Etc

Groups:

Coping with Grief

This group utilizes supportive peer relationships as a tool to process and cope with grief. Grief can be very isolating, result in post-traumatic stress, and generate emotions leading individuals to feel like they are "crazy," abnormal, or suffering alone. The objects of this group are client realization that their chaotic grief journeys are normal and client connection with grieving peers who understand loss and can provide support to honor lost loved ones and cope with loss. Group facilitators will also provide education on the stages and cycle of grief, coping skills, and access to community and online grief supports.

Exploring Mindfulness

This group explores mindfulness as a tool to regulate emotions, decrease and manage depression, anxiety, panic, improve attention and focus, cope with trauma and medical conditions and chronic pain, build positivity and hope, improve sleep, achieve weight-loss, increase happiness and peace, learn relaxation and stress-management skills, and achieve goals. Each group will provide education and step-by-step guidance utilizing various mindfulness skills, opportunity to discuss progress and challenges skill practice at home, and assistance building supportive relationships with others exploring mindfulness. Skills addressed in group may include: breathing techniques, guided meditation, relaxation, imagery, and visualization, radical acceptance, body scanning, mindful eating, coping with change and stressors, etc.

Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Skills

This group explores Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) as an evidence-based treatment for chronic mental health and co-occurring conditions, such as, anxiety, depression, borderline personality disorder, self-harm, suicidal thinking, substance use disorders, post-traumatic stress, chronic pain, etc. Clients will learn the four components of DBT: mindfulness, emotion regulation, distress tolerance, interpersonal effectiveness. The group will help build knowledge and skills in each area, empowering celebration of personal uniqueness, self-worth and capability to manage symptoms, regulate emotions, and build supportive relationships with others. This group aims to foster a sense of hope and client ability to manage chronic conditions and achieve goals.

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Services I Provide

  • Art Therapy
  • Chemical Dependency Evaluation
  • Coaching
  • Consultation
  • Counseling for Offenders
  • Creative Arts Therapy
  • Family Therapy
  • Group Therapy
  • Individual Therapy & Counseling
  • Intervention
  • Marriage, Couples, or Relationship Counseling
  • Online Counseling / Phone Therapy
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Premarital Counseling

Ages I Work With

  • Teens
  • Adults
  • Elders

Languages

  • English

Groups I Work With

    Issues:

    ADHD
    Alcohol Abuse
    Anger Management
    Asexual
    Asperger's Syndrome
    Autism
    Behavioral Issues
    Bipolar Disorder
    Body Image, Religious Trauma, CouplesPremarital
    Borderline Personality
    Career Counseling
    Child or Adolescent
    Christian Counseling
    Chronic Illness
    Chronic Impulsivity
    Chronic Pain
    Chronic Relapse
    Codependency
    Coping Skills
    Developmental Disorders
    Divorce
    Domestic Abuse
    Domestic Violence
    Drug Abuse
    Dual Diagnosis
    Eating Disorders
    Emotional Disturbance
    Family Conflict
    Gambling
    Grief
    Hoarding
    Infertility
    Infidelity
    Intellectual Disability
    Internet Addiction
    Intersex
    Learning Disabilities
    Life Coaching
    Life Transitions
    Marital and Premarital
    Obesity
    Obsessive-Compulsive (OCD)
    Oppositional Defiance
    Pansexual
    Parenting
    Peer Relationships
    Pregnancy, Prenatal, Postpartum
    Racial Identity
    Relationship Issues
    Religious Issues and Religious-Focused Counseling
    School Issues
    Self Esteem
    Self-Harming
    Sex Therapy
    Sexual Abuse
    Sexual Addiction
    Sleep or Insomnia
    Spirituality
    Sports Performance
    Stress
    Substance Abuse
    Suicidal Ideation
    Terminal Illness, Caregiver Support
    Transgender---Transitioning Needs
    Trauma and PTSD
    Traumatic Brain Injury
    Video Game Addiction
    Weight Loss
    Women's Issues
    Mental Health
    Elderly Persons Disorders
    Impulse Control Disorders
    Mood Disorders
    Personality Disorders
    Psychosis
    Thinking Disorders

    Sexuality--Sexual Health--Sexual Orientation--Gender Identity:

    LGBTQI
    Heterosexual
    Asexual
    Polyamorous
    Open Relationships Non-Monogamy
    HIV AIDS Allied
    Non-Binary Allied
    Queer Allied
    Sex Worker Allied
    Sex-Positive, Kink Allied
    Transgender Allied and Transitioning Needs
    Etc

    Culturally Informed Care:

    Population Experience: African-American, Hispanic--Latino, Asian, Native American
    Alternative Languages: I speak some Spanish and ASL, but I am not fluent.
    Counseling from a Christian or Buddhist--Mindful Perspective

    Ages:

    Adolescents Teenagers (15 to 19)
    Adults
    Elders (65+)

    Additional Categories:

    Aviation Professionals
    Body Positivity
    Cancer
    Terminal Illness---Critical or Chronic Illness
    Chronic Pain
    Caregiver Support
    Racial Justice Allied
    Vegan---Vegetarian Allied
    Veterans

Client Concerns I Treat

  • Abandonment
  • Abortion / Post Abortion Issues
  • Abuse / Abuse Survivor Issues
  • Addictions and Compulsions
  • Adjusting to Change / Life Transitions
  • Adoption / Reunion Issues
  • Aging and Geriatric Issues
  • Agoraphobia
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Behaviorism
  • Bipolar
  • Blended Family Issues
  • Body Image
  • Borderline
  • Breakup
  • Bullying
  • Cancer
  • Career Choice
  • Caregiver Issues / Stress
  • Child and/or Adolescent Issues
  • Chronic Illness / Disability
  • Chronic Pain
  • Codependency / Dependency
  • Communication Problems
  • Compulsive Spending / Shopping
  • Control Issues
  • Creative Blocks
  • Depression
  • Developmental Disorders (Autism, Aspergers, etc.)
  • Disability
  • Dissociation
  • Divorce / Divorce Adjustment
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug and Alcohol Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Eating and Food Issues
  • Emotional Abuse
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Emotional Overwhelm
  • Emptiness
  • Exercise Addiction
  • Family of Origin Issues
  • Family Problems
  • Fear
  • Fertility Issues
  • First Responders
  • Forgiveness
  • Gambling Addiction
  • Gender Dysphoria
  • Grief, Loss, and Bereavement
  • Habits
  • Health / Illness / Medical Issues
  • Helplessness / Victimhood
  • HIV / AIDS
  • Hoarding
  • Identity Issues
  • Inadequacy
  • Inattention, Impulsivity, and Hyperactivity (ADHD)
  • Incest
  • Individuation
  • Infidelity / Affair Recovery
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Internet Addiction
  • Irritability
  • Isolation
  • Jealousy
  • Learning Difficulties
  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues
  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance
  • Midlife Crisis / Midlife Transition
  • Military and Veterans Issues
  • Money and Financial Issues
  • Mood Swings / Mood Disturbance
  • Multicultural Concerns
  • Obsessions and Compulsions (OCD)
  • Other - Not Listed Here
  • Panic
  • Parenting
  • Perfectionism
  • Phobias
  • Physical Abuse
  • Polyamory / Nonmonogamous Relationships
  • Post Partum Depression
  • Posttraumatic Stress / Trauma
  • Power
  • Pre-Marital Counseling
  • Pregnancy and Birthing
  • Prejudice / Discrimination
  • Psychosis
  • Racism
  • Rejection
  • Relationships and Marriage
  • Religious Issues
  • Schizophrenia
  • School issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD)
  • Self-Actualization
  • Self-Care
  • Self-Compassion
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Criticism
  • Self-Doubt
  • Self-Esteem
  • Self-Harm
  • Self-Love
  • Sensitivity to Criticism
  • Sex Addiction
  • Sexual Assault / Abuse
  • Sexuality / Sex Therapy
  • Shame
  • Sleep Disorders
  • Smoking Cessation
  • Social Anxiety / Phobia
  • Spirituality
  • Stress
  • Suicidal Ideation and Behavior
  • Suspiciousness / Paranoia
  • Teen violence/dating violence
  • Terminal Illness
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Trichotillomania
  • Trust Issues
  • Values Clarification
  • Women's Issues
  • Workplace Issues
  • Worry
  • Worthlessness
  • Young Adult Issues

Types of Therapy

  • Anger Management
  • Art Therapy
  • Breathwork
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
  • Constructivisim
  • Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Humanistic Psychology (humanism)
  • Integration of different therapy models
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)
  • Mindfulness-Based Interventions
  • Music Therapy
  • Parent Work
  • Person-Centered Therapy (Rogerian Therapy)
  • Play Therapy
  • Poetry Therapy
  • Self-Acceptance Training
  • Solution-Focused Brief Therapy (SFBT)
  • Systems Theory /Therapy
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