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Ashley Gunn Psychotherapy, LPC

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Ashley Gunn works with individual, adult clients for trauma and inner-parts work. She helps you explore early attachments, untangle root issues, and reprocess negative memories. She incorporates self-compassion, embodiment, acceptance, self-care, breathwork, somatic methods, and EMDR. She helps you get to the bottom of your pain and learn to live peacefully within yourself.

Specialties
  • General Mental Health
  • Anxiety and Panic Disorders
  • Personal Growth and Self-Esteem
  • Religion and Spirituality
  • Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Pay with insurance
  • UnitedHealthcare
  • Oxford Health Plans
  • Aetna
  • UMR
  • Oscar
  • UHC Student Resources
Pay out-of-pocket
  • $ $ $ $ $
    $80-140
  • Sliding Scale
    A sliding scale is a range of out of pocket fees that providers accept based on financial need.
Locations
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  • Arizona
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“I have been through seasons of anxiety, depression, trauma, recovery, and deconstruction, so I can relate to your struggles and I have learned to hold a safe space while utilizing specific, evidence-based trauma protocols.”
What was your path to becoming a therapist?
Therapy, primarily private practice, has been my only career and I fell in love while I learned about the complexity of relationships in my early college classes. During my associateship, I realized how integral trauma is to the human experience and I began learning how to treat with a “bottom-up” perspective, using the body first. As an empath, I am drawn to people’s stories and I strive to leverage my own journey of mental health to help others. I have been through seasons of anxiety, depression, trauma, recovery, and deconstruction, so I can relate to your struggles and I have learned to hold a safe space while utilizing specific, evidence-based trauma protocols.
What should someone know about working with you?
As a person, I would describe myself as a progressive, neurodivergent, introverted, spiritual, talkative, and upbeat millennial (with a little bit of snark thrown in for fun!). I feel that these qualities show up in my therapeutic style and I specifically strive to be an ally for all my clients. My intake process includes an extensive family of origin and social history. Once I know your relational context, we will work to reprocess the trauma that impacts your symptoms and triggers. Progress looks like befriending all the parts of self, adopting positive self-care, developing a compassionate inner voice, neutralizing negative memories, and learning to work with your emotions. I share a lot of resources and book recommendations, but I don't consider this "homework" because I prefer not to micromanage clients' time outside of session. I aim to accommodate your lifestyle and unique challenges into my treatment; I will go at your pace and check in frequently to stay on the same page.
What do you do to continue learning and building competencies as a provider?
I have plans to pursue additional training in somatic experiencing and sensorimotor therapy. I am excited by models that integrate neurobiology and leverage the body’s own nervous system for regulation. Additionally, I am drawn to experiences of spiritual deconstruction and I am developing the tools to work competently with religious trauma and systems of spiritual abuse. Embodiment and deconstruction have played pivotal roles in my own healing and I hope to walk with clients through these confusing spaces.
How do your core values shape your approach to therapy?
My core values are curiosity, compassion, mindfulness, equanimity, and pleasure. I try to authentically show up with these values in tow, in both my professional and personal lives. I wrestle often with my privilege as a white American and I strive to understand the lived, cultural experiences of all people I encounter. I am actively engaging in anti-racism work to better attend to my clients of color and I have worked hard to untangle the problematic components of my conservative, Evangelical upbringing (such as purity culture, systemic oppression, patriarchy, and anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric). This has been hard personal work but it allows me to be a fully accepting and truly empathic provider.
What are you most excited about within the evolving mental health landscape?
I am most interested in the growing research on psychedelic-assisted therapy (PAT), specifically using MDMA and psilocybin (mushrooms). I am committed to continuing education and professional collaboration to stay connected to this exciting work. I am fascinated by how psychedelic experiences can repair the brain, create a cathartic release, and allow for spiritual integration. Research suggests that psychedelics offer promising results for treatment-resistant depression, suicidal ideation, and PTSD. MRI scan research shows how the brain "lights up" on psychedelics, suggesting that PAT could improve neural plasticity, adaptability, and connectivity with expansive implications for a variety of mental health concerns.
“As a person, I would describe myself as a progressive, neurodivergent, introverted, spiritual, talkative, and upbeat millennial (with a little bit of snark thrown in for fun!).”