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Ashley Merklinghaus, LCSW

Clinical Social Worker

Specializing in children, adolescent, and young adults

Ashley is a licensed clinical social worker as well as a certified school counselor in the state of New Jersey. Ashley primarily works with children, adolescents, young adults, and adults from all backgrounds. She deals with a wide variety of issues from depression, anxiety, trauma, self harm, mood disorders, to school refusal and more. Ashley has extensive training working in the hospital and public education system and creating customized treatment for every individual. She also has experience navigating individualized education plans and 504 plans. Ashley is   an advocate for children and their educational needs.  She creates a warm and inviting environment for each individual.

Ashley is an ally for the LGBTQI community and helps navigate through supporting family members with education around their child’s identity. She customizes a tailored approach to each clients individuals needs as she does not feel a cookie cutter approach is beneficial. These approaches include EMDR, CBT, psychodynamic, client centered, strength based, and mindfulness. Ashley wants to introduce you to strategies that you can use every day to overcome daily stressors. Using evidence-based, science-supported techniques, she will help you develop a plan to deal with any problem that comes your way. Her goal is to introduce you to easy to use skills so that you can avoid emotional meltdowns and live your best life.

As a professional helper, Ashley will be by your side to help you through difficult times, and  uncover your inner strengths so you can be the best version of yourself.  Ashley believes the solutions are already within you and she will work by your side to find an effective solution that is customized to your particular struggles.