Hello! My name is Asher Casey (he/him/his), I'm a transgender male (FTM), queer-identified counselor who is licensed in Maryland, District of Columbia, and Florida as a Licensed Professional Counselor. I have been in the mental health profession since 2011 and have been providing therapy services since 2015, in both private and non-profit settings. I graduated from Salisbury University with a BA in Psychology before beginning my career in the mental health field. I worked as a Psychiatric Rehabilitation Caseworker for a non-profit agency working with children and teens ages 5-18, before being promoted to the Program Director. While building my skills in a management setting, I went back to school and obtained my MS in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2015. At which time, I continued on as the Program Director but expanded out to provide therapy services to adults as a means to help from both sides of the family dynamic. During Covid-19, I began working for a few online platforms to reach more people who were in need of support, which eventually led to starting my own private practice.
A little bit about me personally:
I was the "weird kid" who knew they wanted to be a counselor by the age of 10 because of an amazing counselor I had myself. My path to get here as not been linear and I am a firm believer that it is our journey, not our destination, that provides the most growth, happiness, and memories to our lives. I have spent my 40+ years on this planet with a strong desire to learn and grow, to challenge myself, and push the envelop of what can feel comfortable or safe and venture into the unknown. I feel that is where we learn the most about ourselves.
I started my gender transition in 2022 and have not looked back. I finally understood why most things felt "off", why I never felt like I belonged anywhere and why no matter what I did, I could never be fully at home within myself. Since my transition, everything in my life has come together. Being authentic to who I am has opened doors I never knew existed and has provided opportunities and connections I would not have been open to seeing or receiving. I am a firm believer that we must start from within in order to build our most authentic life.
About me as a clinician:
I have experience working with clients going through life transitions and adjustment issues, relationship issues, and LGBTQIA2S+ concerns. Symptoms related to neurodiversity (ADHD/ASD), gender/sexuality, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, self esteem/confidence, people-pleasing/boundary crossing, etc.
My theoretical orientation is that of an Integrative approach: guiding clients toward seeing themselves as consisting of physical, psychological, mental, and spiritual components joining together as a whole. Techniques incorporated are based on individual needs but could include: mindfulness, CBT, humanistic, meditation, breathwork, yoga, parts work, etc.
My role is to provide a safe and welcoming space as you explore insights, strategies, and tools to make positive changes in your life. Clients feeling connected, respected and understood is my top priority. Giving tools to practice and try outside of sessions is part of the process of learning what will work for you and how to implement them with support.
If you'd like more information of how we could work together, please feel free to set up a free 15 minute phone consultation here.