Ashley Kellem, AMFT

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist
Who do you hope to Be—and how might you begin to Become?

So much of our life path feels dictated by forces outside of us. Our parents, our linages, our communities, assumed responsibilities and expectations saddled onto us early by the world around us. Everyone has an idea of who, or what, we are supposed to be, and it can be hard, figuring out for yourself, who the you beneath it all, really is. Before I am a therapist, I am a Storyteller, so I know first-hand how impactful the stories we tell about ourselves are—these stories determine who we believe we can be, and how we feel we are allowed to show up in our own lives.

I welcome the "messiness" within us all, and the complexities therein of each of our unique experiences. We are starting together from scratch, disentangling you from narratives that no longer apply, and recapturing together, the essence of who you are. The work we will do together will be co-created and collaborative. It will combine the practical and the abstract (Jungian frameworks). It isn't easy work, but it is work, nonetheless, worth doing. Whether you are 9 or 99, at the bookends of your life-story, or caught immobilized, at the threshold of transformation. I work with a variety of demographics and backgrounds, group and families, and as Black woman from the South, have a particular way of helping you face the sun, courageously afraid, with ever-surer steps toward your own chosen path from here—to there.

I specialize in helping those caught in deep-rooted stories controlled by eating disorders, addictions, women's issues, terminal illness, and spiritual emergence—but welcome all who are ready to take back the pen, and re-write their own stories, in their own words.

When you're ready, you'll arrive.

Ashley Kellem is a graduate of CIIS' Integral Counseling Psychology program. She is a registered Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and Associate Marriage and Family Therapist. She completed Alchemy Community Therapy Center's 7-week Ketamine training, and is a Lead Facilitator at UCSF in their psilocybin and psilocin study trials, working with individuals navigating bipolar disorder, anorexia nervosa, chronic pain, and Parkinson's Disease. She received her undergraduate degrees from The Florida State University, in Theatre and Creative Writing.

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