Supervised by Dr. Melissa Tihin, PsyD. LMFT#86602
Although the world is full of suffering, it is also full of the overcoming of it”
– Helen Keller
I believe each person has a unique story. The therapeutic process is a place to help uncover and make sense of that story. My approach to therapy is a collaborative, individualized treatment process, which will allow both client and Therapist to guide the therapeutic process. As your therapist, my hope would be that we could work together to help you reach your goals, recover from painful experiences, and learn and develop healthy patterns of interacting with others.
Ashley Delgado is an Associate Marriage and Family Therapist who is driven to help others heal and feel better in their daily lives. Ashley has been an Associate at Central Valley Family Therapy since November 2017. She enjoys and specializes in working with children, teens, adults, and families around a variety of mental health issues including depression, anxiety, PTSD, ADHD, grief, substance use disorders, phase of life transitions, separation/divorce, and relational conflict. Ashley has specialized training in Play Therapy techniques, Maternal Mental Health, and Trauma-Informed Care. Ashley takes an eclectic approach to the treatment process and utilizes theoretical orientations and techniques from evidenced based treatments, including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Attachment Theory, and Art and Play therapy modalities.
Ashley’s interest in psychology began as a teenager as she felt her calling was to “help others.” Growing up in Selma, CA, she had been exposed to poverty, economic disparity, and institutional racism. Ashley developed a passion for social justice and decided that she wanted to advocate for underrepresented populations such as minorities, LGBTQ, and those who felt their voices were not heard. Ashley graduated Selma High School in 2006 and attended the University of California, San Diego, where she graduated from in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology and a Film Studies Minor. Following her undergraduate experience Ashley worked in the non-profit sector with individuals with intellectual disabilities and special needs.
In 2014, Ashley began her graduate program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo in Psychology. Through that training Ashley was able to learn from distinguished professionals in the mental health community and began treating individuals, groups, and couples. At Cal Poly, Ashley had the pleasure of taking a course called “Intergroup Dialogues” which allowed her to learn about the intersections of race, class, gender, sex, and abilities. Ashley continued her work in the mental health field as a trainee at Santa Maria Valley Youth and Family Services, where she worked in an elementary school treating primarily Latino students who were experienced psychosocial stressors and behavioral problems. Additionally, in her training experiences, Ashley worked as an in-patient counselor at a residential treatment facility for people with co-occurring disorders related to mental health and substance abuse.
Ashley has completed her 3000 hours of required training as an Associate and is awaiting her clinical exam to become an LMFT. Ashley hopes to continue to help people understand themselves and their experiences as she continues her professional journey.
- 2020- Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training- Postpartum Support International (PSI)
- 2020- Cal APT Northern California Conference with Dr. Eliana Gil
- 2019- Emotion Focused Individual Training- presented by Dr. Nancy Aikin and Paul Aikin
- 2019- Seleni Training: Maternal Mental Health Intensive: Perinatal Loss and Grief; Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders- The Seleni Institute
- 2019- Play Therapy with Traumatized Children- presented by Dr. Brian Bethel
- 2018- How to Facilitate a “Hold Me Tight / Let Me Go” Teen Family Workshop- presented by Drs. Nancy & Paul Aikin and Jila Behnad, LMFT.
- 2018- The impact of attachment disruption and trauma on behavior, brain development and mental health- Presented by Julie Torok-Mangasarian LMFT, RPT- The Solace Center
- 2018- Working with Young Children: Biological/ Psychosocial Factors and Risk and Resiliency- Presented by Julie Torok-Mangasarian LMFT, RPT- The Solace Center
- 2018-Working with Young Children: Evidence-Based Practices for Observation, Screening, and Assessment- Presented by Julie Torok-Mangasarian LMFT, RPT- The Solace Center
- 2016: 2-day training on Trauma-Focused CBT
- CAMFT- The Central San Joaquin Valley Chapter