About Ashley

Ashley S. Lingerfelt, MS, LPC, PMH-C, CLC
– Founder & Clinical Director –

Ashley is Perinatal Mental Health Certified, a Certified FirstPlay® Practitioner, and a Registered Circle of Security Parenting Facilitator. She completed the Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care and Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training through Postpartum Support International. Ashley also serves on the board of directors for Postpartum Support International’s Georgia Chapter as the Mental Health Liaison, where she serves as a subject matter expert on perinatal mood and anxiety disorders.

Ashley believes in the power of relational neuroscience and its impact on child development. She specializes in infant, early childhood, and perinatal mental health, supporting parents and young children through the ups and downs of early life and early parenting. Ashley has been featured in articles in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Romper, and Good Housekeeping, and has presented internationally regarding attachment, early relationships, and the intersection of nature and mental health.

Some relevant trainings Ashley has completed include:

  • “Complicated Grief, Collage, and Trauma Theory: An Artful Integration” by Peggy Kolodny, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT, and Sharon Strouse, MA, ATR-BC, LCPAT
  • “Sounds Like Fun! Play Therapy with Teens and Pre-Teens” by Jeff Ashby, PhD, ABPP, RPT-S
  • “Neurobiology of Play Therapy: Neurosensory Play Interactions in the Treatment of Childhood Trauma” by Ken Schwartzenberger, LCSW, RPT-S, EPT-D
  • “Courageous Kidz: Play Therapy for Anxiety Disorders” by Scott Riviere, MS, LPC, RPT-S
  • “Play Therapy for Relational Treatment of Children on the Autism Spectrum” by Jodi Cobb, PhD, LCMFT
  • “The Ethics of TeleMental Health: The New Era of Technology-Assisted Media” by Dr. Becky Beaton, PhD
  • “FirstPlay® Kinesthetic Story “BACK Stories”” by Janet Courtney, PhD
  • “FirstPlay® Infant Massage Storytelling” by Janet Courtney, PhD
  • “Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorders: Components of Care” by Birdie Meyer, RN, MA, CLC, Katayune Kaeni, Psy. D., and Chris Raines, RN MSN APRN-BC
  • “Advanced Perinatal Mental Health Psychotherapy Training” by Birdie Meyer, RN, MA, CLC, Katayune Kaeni, Psy. D., and Chris Raines, RN MSN APRN-BC
  • “Integrating the Relational Neurosciences with Child & Play Therapy” by Robyn Gobbel, LCSW, RPT-S
  • “Therapy For Birth Trauma (Level I)” by Krysta Dancy, MA, MFT
  • “Therapy For Birth Trauma (Level 2)” by Krysta Dancy, MA, MFT
  • “Legal and Ethical Issues Impacting Clinical Practice” by Howard Gold, PC
  • “Circle of Security Parenting Facilitation Training” by Carlos Guerrero, MD, LCSW
  • NCAST Teaching and Feeding Scales by Denise Findlay, RN, BSN, PGCert IPMH 
  • DIR 101: “An Introduction to DIR® and DIRFloortime® (Floortime)” by Jeffrey J. Guenzel, MA, LPC, Jackie Bartell, MSEd, and Lyn Bennett, OTR/L
  • DIR 201: “The DIRFloortime® Basic Certificate Course” by Jackie Bartell MSEd and Sanjay Kumar, OT
  • DIR 202: “The DIRFloortime® Certificate of Proficiency Course” by Jackie Bartell MSEd and Sanjay Kumar, OT
  • DIR 430: “Motor Planning: It Impacts Communication and More” by Lyn Bennett OTR/L and Joleen R. Fernald, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL

For mental health counseling, she is in private practice in Woodstock, Georgia and serves clients in-person in the Metro-Atlanta area. She offers virtual appointments for clients all over the state of Georgia.

In addition to her mental health work, Ashley is also passionate about maternal and infant birth care. She is a Certified Lactation Counselor through the Academy of Lactation Policy and Practice and is currently completing the Childbirth International Certification as a Birth Doula. Ashley previously served on the Georgia Birth Network Board of Directors for two consecutive terms.

Ashley is a mother, wife, and Disney lover who enjoys spending time with her children, her chickens, and her family pets. She loves watching Netflix after everyone else goes to sleep and she also loves french fries. You can follow her professional account on Facebook (where you will find pictures of her therapy chickens and group updates).