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Ashley Vachon, LICSW

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Ashley Vachon is a licensed independent clinical social worker (LICSW) at Family Counseling Associates.  She provides evaluation, consultation, as well as individual and family therapy to children (3+ years), adolescents, and their families.  She specializes in working with children and adolescents experiencing adjustment disorder, anxiety, depression, challenging behaviors, attention deficits, and social difficulties, as well as children and adolescents who have autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, and other developmental disabilities.  Moreover, she supports children and adolescents who have experienced loss, grief, and trauma.  Drawing from a number of evidence-based practices, she utilizes a strengths-based, trauma-informed, person-in-environment framework to create an individualized treatment plan based on the needs of each individual and family.  These modalities include cognitive-behavioral therapy, play therapy, solution-focused therapy, motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavioral therapy.  Ms. Vachon works closely with the child’s family, teachers, and other providers to ensure the physical and emotional needs of the child and family are addressed.  She also serves as an integrated care team member at Children’s Medical Office of North Andover where she provides evaluation, consultation, brief and intermittent treatment, triage, and referral guidance as a primary care team member.

Education and Experience

Ashley Vachon received her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts, and her Master of Social Work from Simmons College in Boston, Massachusetts in 2016.  She completed field placements in school social work where she counseled children and adolescents in an elementary, middle, and high school, as well as a domestic violence agency where she provided counseling, advocacy, and case management using the empowerment model to survivors of domestic violence and, at times, their families.  Following this training, she worked as a family support coordinator at Communitas where she supported individuals with disabilities and their families.  Through various programs of the Department of Developmental Services, she supported children with diagnoses of autism spectrum disorder, intellectual disabilities, down syndrome, and other disabilities and offered behavioral support, advocacy, case management, visual aids, social narratives, and emotional support to their families.  She served as a parent aide through the Successful Parenting Program, a program through the Department of Children and Families, where she provided parenting support, behavior management strategies, promotion of the parent-child dyad, trauma-informed support, and psycho-education regarding child development, developmental milestones, attachment, trauma, and loss.  She currently serves as both a psychotherapist and an integrated care team member through Family Counseling Associates.