Ashley Shires, M.A., helps her clients find healing, creativity and transformation in their lives using tools she has studied and used herself for decades.
Ashley has studied the Science of Happiness at UC-Berkeley, and she volunteers as a small-group facilitator for Rebuilders, a divorce and relationship-loss seminar. She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, and she is a M.A. candidate in Clinical Counseling at Adams State University. She is trained in Brainspotting, a powerful form of trauma therapy that evolved from EMDR.
A practitioner of narrative psychology, Ashley has studied with self-reflective writers including Cheryl Strayed and Dani Shapiro at conferences including the Tin House Writers’ Conference and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She completed her Ashtanga yoga teacher training in 2002 with Richard Freeman, which made a profound impact on her life, sparking her passion for mindfulness-based healing practices.
Ashley has taught classes and workshops at conferences, schools and colleges — for over 20 years, and her writing is published in literary journals and magazines including SF Yoga Magazine, The Denver Post and The Rocky Mountain News.
Read her essay on the healing power of a writing practice in Elephant Journal here: The Power of a Writing Practice
Watch her discuss writing as a tool to process grief for the American Alpine Club, Climbing Grief Fund here: Writing as a Tool to Process Grief