Dr. Ashbaugh has experience treating major mental illness as well as the kinds of worries that accompany common life stressors. She has specialized training and interests in the long-term effects of trauma, panic and anxiety, depression, major life transitions, LGBTQ issues, and relational difficulties. Psychotherapy with adults varies in length and kind based on the client’s needs and history. An initial evaluation will clarify what troubles you and help determine the most appropriate form of treatment.
Psychotherapy can have benefits and risks. Since therapy often involves discussing unpleasant aspects of your life, you may at times experience uncomfortable feelings like sadness, guilt, anger, frustration, loneliness, and helplessness. On the other hand, psychotherapy has also been shown to have benefits for people who go through it. Therapy often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant reductions in feelings of distress. The approach that Dr. Ashbaugh uses in treatment may vary but her aim is always to align the work with research-supported interventions, including but not limited to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Cognitive Processing Therapy for Trauma (CPT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and executive functioning training.
Dr. Ashbaugh aims to establish a collaborative, supportive, and warm therapeutic relationship with clear goals and regular assessment for progress towards those goals.
Further information about what to expect from psychotherapy is available here: http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/understanding-psychotherapy.aspx