Ashley Patrican, LPC
I am a Licensed Professional counselor in the State of Virginia since 2014. I earned my bachelor’s from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Marymount University. I became a National Certified Counselor in 2013 and remains an active member. I started off my career as a home-based counselor for children and adolescents with Health Connect America and progressed into becoming an Intake coordinator providing supervision to a team of counselors and conducted case management and case coordination for the Intensive In-Home program. In 2017, I joined the Partial Hospitalization Program with INOVA at the Merrifield Center; providing group counseling skills and implementing hospital procedures and policies in the step-down process from being hospitalized. My clinical approach involves the disciplines of: psychodynamic, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, solution focused, art expression and I am a certified trauma focused therapist. The focus of my practice is with people who have mood disorders, trauma, autism, behavioral issues, parent management training, crisis counseling, family therapy and communication skills.
Therapy is an intimate connection that functions based on having a joint desire for self-knowledge and discovery of potential beyond current circumstances. My approach in working with someone is very person-centered and focused on improving the relationship the person has with themselves and their own body. In working with children and teenagers I also like to include the parents in the treatment of their child to ensure that the family is receiving the support and or guidance they may need or want in the raising of their child. I take a particular interest in exploring art therapy and how to integrate creative ways to encourage verbal expression in session. My overall clinical approach is holistic in that there is attention paid to mind, body and interpersonal relationships. I am a strong advocate for providing the person seen with tools within the community and or medical references to further provide the person with education to enhance their understanding of their own mental health. Take a stand for yourself and make the first step in calling for therapeutic services and you will embark on a relationship that can unlock some of the mysteries of how to better interact with yourself. Therapy provides support and it can lead to lifelong change. I and the FPA team look forward to working with you to provide you an opportunity to enhance your self-awareness and nurture faith in your own ability to improve and grow.