Susan Ashley, Ph.D. is the founder and director of Ashley Psychology Center, opening in 1991. Dr. Ashley has hand-picked a team of therapists, each with particular talents, providing empathic, supportive and effective help for children, adolescents, adults, parents and families. The Center uses a team approach and Dr. Ashley personally oversees every case.
The Center has three main specialities: 1) Children, teens, and families, 2) Evaluation and treatment of Personal Injury Cases for children, teens and adults, and 3) Forensic Psychology.
Susan Ashley, Ph.D. is a graduate of UCLA and California School of Professional Psychology. She has been a licensed psychologist since 1990. She has a duo-practice with an emphasis on children, teens and families, and emphasis on forensic psychology.
CHILDREN AND TEENS:
Dr. Ashley’s training with children began during her undergraduate work at UCLA. She trained in the UCLA Child Study Laboratories, UCLA Lovaas Autism Project, UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Early Childhood Learning Program and UCLA Child Care Services. Her graduate training was done at San Fernando Valley Child Guidance Clinic, Glendale Family Services, Parents United, and Camarillo State Hospital. After earning her license as a psychologist, Dr. Ashley spent 12 years providing inpatient psychological testing to teens and adults at Anacapa Hospital. She conducted psychological evaluations for Children’s Protective Services, addressing parenting capacity, impact of abuse on children and teens, and readiness for adoption. She has lectured on and conducted psychological evaluations of potential surrogates and pre-adoption evaluations of parents. Dr. Ashley has lectured in 36 states to professionals on the topic of childhood disorders. She has been featured on numerous radio shows and magazines across the country. She is the author of three best selling books:
The ADD & ADHD Answer Book: Sourcebooks, Inc. 2005 Recommended by American Psychiatric Association and American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry ADHD Parents Medication Guide
The Asperger’s Answer Book: Sourcebooks, Inc. 2006 Winner of NAPPA Honor Award and Winner of ForeWord Finalist Award
1000 Best Tips for ADHD: Expert Answers and Bright Advice to Help You and Your Child. Sourcebooks, Inc. 2012
Dr. Ashley’s forensic training began as a pre-doctoral intern at Camarillo State Hospital, evaluating and treating mentally ill and developmentally delayed criminal offenders. Her post-doctoral fellowship at Los Angeles County Mental Health Conditional Release Program provided training in evaluating mentally ill criminal offenders. Returning to Camarillo State Hospital as a staff psychologist, Dr. Ashley provided treatment and evaluations for mentally ill criminal offenders. She has been on the expert witness panel of Ventura County Superior Courts since 1996, providing psychological evaluations for competency, insanity, sentencing, and dangerousness. Since 1999 she has been a consultant to Ventura County District Attorney’s Office providing psychological evaluations for the Major Crimes Divisions. She also provides consultation and evaluation to Ventura County Public Defender’s Office and to private defense attorneys. Dr. Ashley has supervised the evaluation and treatment of more than 2,000 Personal Injury cases and has provided expert witness testimony for a variety of victims of catastrophic injuries.
Meet our Staff
Stacey Harvey, Psy.D.
Registered Psychological Assistant PSB 94024138
Dr. Stacey Harvey is a child, adolescent and adult psychotherapist. She holds a doctorate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from the Chicago School of Professional Psychology. She completed two Masters degrees, one in Clinical Psychology from Phillips Graduate Institute, and the other in Educational Psychology and Counseling with an Early Childhood Education emphasis from California State University. Her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Child Development was completed at California State University Northridge (CSUN).
Since joining Ashley Psychology Dr. Harvey has focused her work on two specialties: 1) trauma and 2) behavior problems. Using Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, (CBT) Dr. Harvey helps individuals experiencing distress from auto accidents, dog bites and other traumatic injuries. Using CBT, Behavior Therapy, Play, Art, and Family Therapy, Dr. Harvey works with children and parents to help manage symptoms of AD/HD, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, behavioral and mood disorders.
Dr. Harvey’s clinical work has yielded her a wide array of training experiences. She trained both in her Master’s and Doctoral program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, treating children and teens diagnosed with cancer, chronic illness, birth defects or catastrophic injuries. Her medical psychology training continued at Northridge Hospital Center for Rehabilitation Medicine where she provided psychotherapy and neuropsychological testing for children, teens and adults who experienced brain injuries.
Additional Doctoral training was completed at Vista Del Mar Child and Family Services, evaluating and treating children, teens, families and couples. With an emphasis on working with trauma, behavioral, emotional and learning problems, Dr. Harvey conducted evidenced based treatments, including play, cognitive behavioral, and psychodynamic psychotherapy. Dr. Harvey also trained for two years at Ventura County Juvenile Justice Complex evaluating, testing and treating juvenile offenders.
Dr. Harvey also brings to the practice a long background in social skills development for children and teens. Her work at Pacific Coast Region BBYO as Executive Regional Director provided leadership, self-esteem, empowerment and social skills development for adolescents. At Kadima Hebrew Academy she was a Camp and Program Director, developing individual plans and providing social programs for Preschool through Eight grade students.
Dr. Harvey provides evaluation, testing and psychotherapy for children, teens, adults, families and couples. She is working towards licensure as a psychologist under Susan Ashley, Ph.D. Licensed Psychologist PSY11358.
Tiffany Witwit, M.A., LMFT 87426
Tiffany Witwit, M.A., is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Woodbury University, Burbank, California. Her Master of Arts degree was earned in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, accredited by the American Psychological Association. Tiffany has been a part of the Ashley Psychology Center since 2003.
Working with parents of children with special needs, i.e., autism and chronic health problems, is a primary focus in Tiffany’s practice. She knows from her own first hand experience, the difficulties faced by parents raising a child with special needs. She can provide support, guidance and direction while assisting parents in coping, adjusting and facing challenges that they will encounter by having a special needs child. She understands how stressful and straining raising a special needs child can be on all aspects of life and she helps to provide support while strengthening parent relationships and improving parenting skills. She provides her clients with helpful navigation services to find client specific community resources that can help parents and families utilize outside referrals to the best of their advantage.
Tiffany also specializes in treating adults who have experienced trauma. She has extensive experience working with clients who are encountering symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, Adjustment Disorder, and Acute Stress Disorder caused by exposure to a psychological stressor such as but not limited to, motor vehicle accidents, dog attacks, sexual harassment and wrongful death incidents.
Tiffany’s focus in treatment is to assist her clients in restoring them to a pre- accident level of functioning by using a client focused and collaborative approach that helps the client move at their own pace. Together Tiffany and her clients develop a specific treatment plan that is individually and uniquely catered to their needs and goals for therapy.
As a psychotherapist, Tiffany provides an eclectic approach, often drawing from multiple theoretical orientations that are individually specific to the clients needs. She often uses Cognitive Behavioral, Person Centered, Family Systems, Existential and Psychodynamic interventions.
Elita Hamala, M.A. LMFT 51135
Elita specializes in Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, (PTSD).
She works with adults of all ages, from young adult to the elderly, who have experienced a traumatic event. She uses focused short-term therapy to help individuals heal rapidly from their emotional distress and get back to their pre-trauma functioning. She provides coping tools to help manage the distress caused by dog bites, car accidents, physical and sexual assault, and other traumatic events.
She also provides evaluation and treatment for adults with anxiety, depression, behavior problems and attention deficit disorder (ADHD).
Elita uses a variety of therapeutic methods, including Behavior Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT) and Brief Solution Focused Therapy. She focuses on short-term treatment with the goal of helping to eliminate/reduce problems as quickly as possible.
Her background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Business Management from Woodbury University, Burbank, California. Her Master of Arts degree was earned in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pepperdine University, accredited by the American Psychological Association. She was a National Dean’s List Library of Congress Member and distinguished member of the Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology.
Astrid Santic-Jacobs, LMFT License MFC43833
Astrid has years of experience treating children, teens, young adults and families. She has helped families living with ADD, ADHD, Asperger’s, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, High Functioning Autism, depression, anxiety, social issues, learning disabilities, trauma, grief and loss. She has worked in school settings, counseling children and teens with behavioral, social and learning issues. She has lead parent/teacher meetings and IEPs, and provided college and career counseling and helped late teens and young adults with transition plans.
CHILDREN, TEENS AND FAMILIES:
Astrid uses a variety of therapeutic methods to meet each child’s and family’s need, including behavior modification, cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), dialectic behavior therapy (DBT), trauma focused CBT, family systems therapy, psychodynamic therapy, and relational therapy. For younger children play and art therapy is used to foster expression and identification of feelings. Psycho-education is used for children and parents to widen the tool box of positive coping skills.
In addition to her child/teen focused work, Astrid also treats adults. Issues of anxiety, depression, trauma, life transitions and bereavement are treated with a combination of the best therapeutic tools matched for each individual client. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT), Psychodynamic, Family Systems Therapy, and Relational Therapy are Astrid’s favored therapeutic techniques.
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