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Ashley L. Shivers ME.d, LPC, NCC

Ashley Shivers was born and raised in Douglasville, Georgia. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Business from The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) and a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from The University of Montevallo.

Ashley has over five years of experience in counseling in various settings. She has worked with individuals of all ages including children, teens, and adults. She provides a unique approach to life’s challenges using dialectical behavioral therapy, solution focused techniques, motivational interviewing, cognitive behavioral therapy, with a person-centered perspective. 

She is passionate about providing services to the community. She provides a place of safety and encouragement while approaching therapy with an unconditional positive regard. She specializes in helping others manage daily stress, depression, anxiety, self-harm, and substance use by helping create a place of peace. 

She is motivated by others as well as by her two year old daughter. In her free time, she enjoys traveling, hiking, doing yoga, reading, spending time with family and friends, and helping the community.  

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Amber Holly, LMFTA

Amber was born in Mobile, Alabama, and raised in Jackson, Alabama. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Master of Science in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Alabama. Her concentration was on Marriage and Family Therapy, and she was recognized as the most outstanding student in her graduate program.

Amber Holly has two years of experience in counseling. Her clinical background includes working with individuals ranging from small children to adolescents and adults. She provides a specialized approach to interpersonal relationships rooted in systems theory as a marriage and family therapist. She is proficient in a myriad of theoretical models including Child-Centered Play Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, Attachment-Based Family Therapy, Structural/Strategic Family Therapy, Emotionally Focused Therapy, Gottman Couples Therapy, and Integrative Behavioral Couples Therapy.

She is passionate about the services she provides to help clients in resolving personal and relationship challenges and fully believes in the potential of therapy to help people better their lives. She is motivated by her drive to make a difference in the world, which she believes begins with the mindset. She is simultaneously empowered by witnessing the client’s empowerment.

In her free time, she enjoys meditating, traveling, volunteering, reading, making playlists, and spending quality time with her dog and loved ones.

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Office Mananger

Mrs. Rita L. Bates

Mrs. Rita L. Smith-Bates, from Buffalo, New York, current resident of Shelby County. Enjoys life with her husband and children. Hobbies include sketching/painting, reading and anthophilia. Completed undergraduate studies at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL, earned BA in Psychology and Bachelors in Social Work, earned MS in Psychology/Counseling from University of West Alabama.

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