Ashley Shanahan

Ashley Shanahan

Art Therapist, MA, LAC, NCC, ATR-P

 732-389-0697 Extension: 843

Location: Eatontown (Main Office)

As an Art Therapist, Ashley graduated from Caldwell University with Bachelor degrees in Fine Arts and Psychology, and then with her Masters in Counseling Psychology with a Specialization in Art Therapy. Ashley has clinical experience working with children, adolescents and adults who have experienced various traumatic events and are also struggling with depression and anxiety. Through the use of Art Therapy, clients have been provided a unique, alternative mode of communication to process and better understand their experiences, as sometimes words are truly not enough. Ashley is a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) and an Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), working towards becoming a Registered, Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC).

As per the American Art Therapy Association, which Ashley belongs to, “the benefits of creating art and engaging in the creative process to promote emotional expression, cope with traumatic stress, and strengthen sense of self are many: finding a visual voice that can help retrieve content from lower-functioning parts of the brain where traumatic experiences live; restoring a sense of emotional safety and wellbeing; engaging in structured, sensory interventions to assist clients in the expression of powerful emotions connected to trauma (fear, anxiety, anger, hurt, guilt and shame); and empowering resilience by making choices, problem solving, making meaning, and safely learning how to successfully navigate trauma reactions and stresses in the safety of the therapeutic experience”.

In her personal life, Ashley is a practicing artist who enjoys various mediums, but especially enjoys the fiber arts which she concentrated on in her undergraduate studies (weaving, crocheting, spinning yarn, embroidery, sewing). Creating art provides one the opportunity to actively practice mindfulness, but also work towards self-understanding and -acceptance.
Potential clients are invited to explore the American Art Therapy Association’s FAQ, as many people have questions about what Art Therapy entails. One does not need to be an “artist” to engage in Art Therapy, only willing to try something different. aboutus/

Services provided by Ashley

  • Individual, Couples, and Family Therapy
  • Adolescent and Teen Therapy
  • Individualized Care for a Variety Mental Health Issues
  • Art Therapy
  • Self-Expression Psychotherapy
  • Using Art as a Mindfulness or Meditation Practice