Ashley Fargnoli

Ashley Fargnoli, LCPC, BCDMT

  • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
  • Video Therapy starting at $100
  • Specializing in: Artists' mental health, Anxiety, Medical professionals' mental health, Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma
  • Years of Experience: 7
My strength as a therapist is helping clients find internal and external resources that bring about a sense of stability and safety in their bodies and minds. I honor traditional healing practices, Western therapeutic approaches, and the strengths that the clients bring into the space, fostering an environment of collective healing.

What does success look like in therapy? How will a client know that they are making progress?

I like to highlight the seemingly small shifts which can be transformational and are significant signs of progress, whether that is experiencing a sense of increased safety when leaving the house, or the ability to engage in breathing practices without feeling anxious. All of these moments can lead to longterm progress.

In what ways does your personality influence your approach to therapy?

I've found that bringing some of my key personality traits such as lightness and humor into my sessions, when appropriate, has helped to facilitate growth and healing in many of clients, especially for those who have experienced complex trauma.

What excites you most about the evolving mental health landscape?

The incorporation of the body in mental health treatment, in particular for clients who have experienced trauma, has been a necessary and exciting evolution in this field. As a psychotherapist that values and honors the body's responses to trauma and stress, the openness to body based modalities has been transformational.

Specialties

Artists' mental health

There’s been a long history of debating the connection between creativity and mental illness. Research shows mixed results but ultimately, anyone can experience mental health issues in relation to professional burnout or work-related stress.

Anxiety

Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.

Medical professionals' mental health

Many medical professionals have extremely difficult jobs. When the result of one’s work is a matter of life or death, stress is typical. Medical professionals’ mental health is oftentimes impacted by experiencing vicarious trauma, working long hours, feeling underpaid or unappreciated, and believing that the well-being of others is more important than their own. This may lead toward distress, compromised performance, resentment, poor mental and/or physical health, and burnout.

Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

PTSD is a condition that is precipitated by a perceived terrifying event. This event need not occur directly to the person but may happen vicariously—having seen something terrible happen to another person. The condition may last months or years while symptoms include ruminating thoughts, flashbacks, nightmares, intense anxiety when triggered, and potential substance abuse in attempt to cope.

Trauma

Trauma is the result of experiencing a perceived, extremely distressful event. Although the stress threshold for each person differs, meaning that each person considers and experiences trauma differently, it is an event that tops one’s threshold. It exceeds one’s ability to cope or emotionally process. Symptoms may include shock, anxiety, confusion, hopelessness, feeling disconnected, mood swings, nightmares, and intrusive thoughts.

General Expertise

  • Body image issues
  • Careers
  • Caregiver stress & support
  • Chronic pain
  • College & graduate student issues
  • Coping Skills
  • Creative blocks & writer's block
  • Cultural adjustment
  • Depression
  • Domestic violence
  • LGBTQIA related issues
  • Loss/Grief
  • Panic attacks & panic disorder
  • Physical wellness
  • Social Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Women's issues
  • Work Stress

Treatment Approaches / Modalities

  • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Culturally Sensitive Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Compassion-Focused Therapy
  • Expressive Arts Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Multicultural Therapy
  • Somatic Therapy
  • Strength Based Therapy

Fees

  • $100
    First Session / Assessment
  • $100
    Individual Session
$100 First Session / Assessment
$100 Individual Session

Education

  • MA, Dance/Movement Therapy and Counseling, Columbia College Chicago
  • MA, Cultural Project Management, Institute of Political Science (France)

Training / Certifications

  • Board Certified Dance Movement Therapist
  • Level 1 Sensorimotor Psychotherapy
  • Yoga-informed Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy

Work History

Ashley Fargnoli, MA, BC-DMT, LCPC is a dance/movement therapist and psychotherapist specialized in working with populations who have undergone severe trauma. She has worked alongside refugees, immigrants, survivors of intimate partner violence, survivors of human trafficking, and LGBTQ communities. Ashley lived in Bosnia and Herzegovina for three years where she implemented numerous reconciliation projects as well as in Kolkata, India working alongside survivors of human trafficking. Ashley has additional training in yoga-informed psychotherapy, sensorimotor psychotherapy, DBT and CBT. Ashley was a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka from October 2019-March 2020.

Licensure

  • IL, LCPC, 180010512

Location

4313 N. Francisco Ave, Chicago, IL, 60618