At Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville we know it to be true that mental and emotional health are just as important as physical health and that the two are directly correlated. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines: health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The WHO also states that “there is no health without mental health.”
Nowhere is the relationship between mental and physical health more evident than in the area of chronic conditions. The associations between mental and physical health are:
- Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions.
- People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions.
- People with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health.
At Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville, all of our Mental Health appointments are conducted virtually to provide our patients with privacy, comfort, and accessibility. We believe that the counseling relationship is one of trust, respect and open communication.
Our Mental Health Counselor, Ashley, is warm, open-minded, non-judgmental and supportive. Her talent is in helping clients maneuver through life’s greatest challenges and assisting them as they find peace in their lives. Life is a journey with peaks and valleys, and when one becomes stuck in a valley, sometimes it is difficult to climb out. Counseling can equip one with the strength and guidance needed to climb up that mountain and experience more of life’s positive experiences. Through the journey, Ashley will provide you with encouragement, inspiration and support to head down the path of your choice.
Ashley treats a variety of diagnoses and disorders such as the following, and can treat on an individual, couples, or family basis:
- Personality Disorders: These disorders generally encompass the following symptoms: fear of rejection, strong fear of abandonment, thinking in terms of right or wrong with no in between, unstable relationships, and self-harming behavior. Ashley has been trained in and is still being trained in Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in order to specifically treat these disorders.
- Substance Abuse/Dependence Disorders: Ashley has been employed by two (and continues to work part-time in one) substance abuse hospitals. She has received extensive training and hands-on experience in this area. She has been certified in twelve step programs, an evidence based practice, in order to treat those with substance abuse/dependence disorders.
- Trauma: This comes in all shapes and sizes. Many clients have suffered from sexual, physical or emotional abuse or from an extremely traumatic event. Ashley has experience counseling clients in a child inpatient program and in a domestic violence shelter. In both these areas, she received a great deal of experience in trauma. Additionally, in the Substance Abuse hospitals, most patients had a dual diagnosis, with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), accounting for 40% of them. Those suffering from PTSD (caused by abuse or a traumatic event) have the following symptoms: flashbacks of traumatic event, nightmares, strong reactions to triggers, depression, agitation, anxiety, to name a few. This is another area of which EMDR is a strong evidence based therapy. Ashley uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) in her trauma therapy which has proven to be very effective.
- Depressive disorders: This is an area of which Ashley has extensive experience and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and supportive therapy to treat. In almost all of the above disorders, a depressive disorder (Major Depressive Disorder, Bipolar Disorders 1 and 2) accompanies it.
- Managing Stressors: Sometimes life becomes difficult and people need a therapist to help them work things out. They may seek a therapist if the following events are happening: divorce, family or friend death, starting a new job, relocation, work stress, and these are just a few. Ashley has worked with clients who want to be able to manage stress and live a peaceful life. Ashley can help you do that.
- Anxiety Disorders: This is an area of which Ashley has extensive experience and utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Exposure Therapy and supportive therapy to treat the disorders. Anxiety is very common and is very treatable with therapy.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Solutions Focused Therapy
If you would like to schedule a Virtual Mental Health appointment with Ashley, please call or text us at 904-994-8551.
Ashley Beech-Mavrantzas, LCSW, Mental Health Counselor
Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and our Mental Health Counselor at Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville. A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Ashley grew up in Roswell, Georgia and attended Georgia Southern University where she received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Business. She continued on to Radford University in Virginia and received her Master of Arts in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. She applied her education in the Human Resources field and made a career move to Jacksonville, Florida where she met her husband, George. Ashley and George have 2 sons, Christos and Liam.
After several years in the Human Resources field, Ashley decided to pursue her passion of becoming a therapist. Ashley enrolled at Florida State University and received her Master of Social Work. During that time, she gained clinical experience at both Daniel Memorial and Hubbard House Domestic Violence Shelter where she counselled with victims of domestic violence, trauma, and personality disorders. She knew quickly that these were areas of which she would specialize.
In addition to her role at Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville, Ashley is developing her private practice, as well as, treating patients with substance abuse disorders at Lakeview Health. She practices Mindfulness and Cognitive Based Therapy (CBT) and is working towards her specialization in both Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy.
Ashley serves on the following Board of Directors: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) Foundation of Jacksonville, River City Dance Project (RCDP), and the Parents and Teachers Association (PTA) of Kernan Trail Elementary. Ashley is also a member of the National Association of Social Workers (NASW). She volunteers at the Hubbard House, Rethreaded (an organization offering help to those affected by the sex trafficking industry), and the American Red Cross-Northeast Chapter.
In her free time, Ashley spends much of her time with family and friends and finds peace through meditation and being at the beach. Ashley has a passion for helping people who are in need of mental health treatment and she is now doing her life’s work here at Physical Healthcare of Jacksonville.