Ashlyn Fisher completed her undergraduate degree at Western University in Honours Psychology and obtained her Masters of Social Work degree at The University of Toronto. Ashlyn began her clinical practice working with individuals of all ages and backgrounds suffering from eating disorders and co-occurring mental health issues. She has experience conducting individual counseling and support groups with this population and her nonjudgmental and empathetic nature has enabled clients to feel at ease when discussing their vulnerabilities.
During Ashlyn’s internships at the University of Toronto, she acquired additional clinical experience providing one on one counseling to adolescents and adults suffering from addictions and severe mental illnesses such as bipolar affective disorder, schizophrenia, and extreme depression and anxiety. Additionally, Ashlyn supported clients in the community and ensured their social and emotional needs were being appropriately met. In her second internship, Ashlyn worked as a child and family therapist at the SickKids Centre for Community Mental Health where her focus was on assessment and intervention. Ashlyn obtained extensive live clinical supervision working on a multidisciplinary assessment team, providing clients with evidence-based treatment and writing extensive clinical reports.
Ashlyn works from a client-centred, eclectic framework with an emphasis on cognitive behavioural therapy, dialectical behavioural therapy and mindfulness informed practice. She uses psychodynamic theory to curiously explore clients’ past experiences and relational needs in order to holistically understand the client’s current behavioural, emotional and social functioning. Ashlyn has additional experience drawing on narrative and solution-focused approaches whereby she focuses on addressing clients’ strengths and encourages them to become collaborative partners in the therapeutic process.