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Kimberly Marie Ashby

Kimberly Marie Ashby


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Born and raised in Philadelphia, Kimberly Marie Ashby is a Black, Afro-Indigenous, queer, cis-woman, counseling psychologist, artist, and activist. She received her PhD in counseling psychology from Boston College and her BA in psychology and comparative ethnic studies from Columbia University.

Kimberly has worked as a therapist at the Therapy Center of Philadelphia, providing culturally-responsive, individual treatment and outreach to women, transgender, and gender non-conforming community members with a diverse range of social identities and presenting concerns. Kimberly has also provided psychotherapy and social justice/inclusion outreach and facilitation at a number of college counseling centers, including those at Drexel University, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Wellesley College, and Salem State University.

Kimberly also has experience as a mental health case manager, working primarily with racial minorities and low-income populations with serious mental illness. Kimberly’s clinical interests include working with individuals and communities with marginalized racial, gender, and sexual identities. Kimberly has a number of clinical foci, including working with individuals processing identity development, individuals who have experienced various forms of trauma, particularly sexual violence, and individuals with mood disorders, anxiety, and relationship challenges.

While Kimberly uses an integrative approach, drawing from psychodynamic and cognitive behavioral perspectives, she identifies as a feminist, relational/cultural therapist who aims to form healing relationships and who thinks critically about the impact of systems of power and oppression on people’s lives. Kimberly has a background in facilitating various forms of outreach centered on social justice, anti-racism, racial identity, and mindfulness meditation.

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