ASHLEY BARLOW, Ph.D, Registered Psychologist

A diamond is merely a lump of coal that did well under pressure...

What does one put here? My name is Ashley and I’m a psychologist? That I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2012 from the University of Saskatchewan seems a little stuffy, but necessary. My philosophy on life and change? I’m still working that out. I guess what I probably need to say is that I do this work because I love to celebrate the successes, absurdities, and challenges of my clients. I recognize that seeking out therapy is a challenging decision for many and I have the opportunity to work with people through what are some of the most difficult times in their lives. I like to approach my clients with warmth, humor, and directness and I work hard to make my office a safe place for people to explore the darkness and the light that exists within them, and indeed all of us.

If we are going to get down to the technicalities here, my theoretical orientation is an interpersonal perspective which in short means that I work to understand how we relate to others is critical to our mental health. We are all trying to be happy we are all trying to get our emotional needs met, but sometimes we just need a little help with that. I apply this perspective to a variety of issues including substance use, depression, anxiety, relationship problems, domestic violence and abusive behaviors, and interpersonal conflict. Change is hard work and I am honored to work with my clients to achieve it.

A little about me:

  • I love to travel.
  • I have been to 5 continents and I love to see the world and meet the amazing people living all over our beautiful planet.
  • I love my dog, I feel lukewarm about my cats, and I can’t imagine a better afternoon than reading a book in the sunshine on my deck.

I look forward to meeting you!

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