I have always been fascinated by people's journeys and the little moments that have led them to where they are.
We all have a story, and I love seeing people connect their past to their present to create a better and healthier future.
Hi! My name is Ashley Salazar, and I am currently completing my last semester in a Master of Arts in School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling and New Mexico Highlands University.
I am Albuquerque born, and Rio Rancho raised and am grateful to have grown up with a deep sense of community. I graduated from Rio Rancho High School and went on to earn my Bachelor's from UNM with a concentration in Sociology and Communications. I have spent my adult life primarily working with adolescents in the juvenile justice system and have recently become a school counselor in Rio Rancho. I love working with teenagers and being a safe place for them to process the difficulty that "growing up" can be. I am honored to be a trusted person so many of us desperately needed when we were growing up.
I enjoy working with women in their 20's and 30's as they navigate life. Throughout my Master's program I have worked with women facing eating disorders, body dysmorphia, anxiety, depression, ADHD, relationship difficulties, and crisis of faith.
I am passionate about healing and believe that we are on a lifelong journey of evolving into who we were created to be. As a counselor I believe in a holistic approach utilizing methods from Gestalt, Adlerian, and Existential counseling theories. I believe that as humans we are meant to be whole and therefore it is important to heal any area that is holding us back from living our best lives. I view being a counselor as a sacred honor to be a small part of one's journey to healing and wholeness.
I am happiest when spending time with my nephew and niece is when I am lost in a good book and hanging out at home with my dogs and partner. I love traveling and making new memories with my family and love to look at life as an adventure. You can often find me at the ocean or spending hours at the pool or soaking in a hot tub. I am a big believer in the healing power of a good nap, a good cry, or a day spent doing nothing. The most important things to me are my faith, my family, and my friends that have become family and I am grateful for the power of love, connection and healing in all relationships.
Education: Master of Arts in Counseling New Mexico Highlands University Expected Graduation: May 2024