Ashley Kasardo, Psy. D.
B.A. in Psychology and Women’s Studies, Gettysburg College
M.A. and Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Internship: College of William and Mary Counseling Center
Licensure Status: Licensed Psychologist in West Virginia
Feminist interpersonal, integrative with elements of relational-cultural, emotion-focused,
as well as CBT/ACT interventions. My relational style is strongly influenced
by Levenson’s TLDP as well as Teyber’s relational approach.
Interests: Individual, group, and couples counseling, supervision and training, body image concerns and body liberation, family systems, women’s issues, mindfulness
Bio: I grew up around the Pittsburgh area. I have been fortunate enough to train across three college counseling centers before I began working as a staff psychologist at WVU. I particularly appreciate working with our amazing trainees. I provide individual supervision as well as participate in intern and GA/Prac seminars. Some seminars I have led include discussions on relational cultural therapy, feminist theory, body image concerns, and size as a diversity and social justice concern. I also facilitate an undergraduate Empowering Women’s interpersonal group during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Therapeutic Style: I have tremendous respect for the courage and strength it takes to participate in the counseling process. I view my clients as the experts of their own experience find that our collaboration is key to the change process. I will help assess counseling goals within our center’s short-term frame. I will support and challenge my clients to work to empower themselves in a safe, respectful environment and it is a privilege for me to be able to help others find ways to appreciate their inherent worth. It is essential to think about and discuss how our diverse identity dimensions intersect and impact our view of ourselves, interactions with others, and how others might perceive us. Counseling will likely involve discussing what is not going well and I will listen for themes and ways to help get “unstuck” from patterns of coping or relationships. I will also listen for strengths and resilience. I believe that once we can find ways to accept our emotions and offer ourselves compassion, this opens up space to release, let go, and practice new ways of being and doing.
Supervision Style: I value my relationship with trainees and believe we learn and grow together during our supervision. I approach supervision from a developmental perspective. The content/process of supervision and what role I take as a supervisor will be flexible and matched by what’s best for the supervisee, which will change based on the needs of both the supervisee and their clients. I view supervision as highly collaborative and will prioritize feedback from trainees to direct our supervision. We will likely discuss theory, interventions, successes, challenges, as well as how our own cultural identities impact our work. We’ll discuss the art/science of therapy and feedback will be given openly and authentically.