My name is Ashley Bateman and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker thru the state of Tennessee. I was born and raised in North Georgia but slowly moved my way towards East Tennessee after graduation. I attended Covenant College in Lookout Mtn, Georgia for undergrad where I earned two bachelor degrees, Psychology and Sociology. I then moved to Knoxville and completed my Masters in Social Work with a clinical focus from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville in 2007 and was granted my license (LCSW) by the stated in 2009. I fell in love with East Tennessee with it’s beautiful mountains and culture so I have remained in this area.
I am a wife to a wonderful husband who was born and raised in East Tennessee and bleeds orange. We have three beautiful children. Our teenagers came to us through the state foster care system when they were ages 7 and 8 and we were privileged to adopt them about a year later. They are the strongest people I know! Our third child, who is a year old, was a complete surprise with no notice as she was unfortunately drug exposed in utero and removed from her birth mother prior to leaving the hospital. She is a relative’s child so we are currently Legal Guardian’s through the courts. My background consists of working, developing, and supervising intensive services such as intensive in home, groups, and alcohol and drug and working in conjunction with Department of Children Services and the foster care system. My intensive work has been with children, adolescents, and their families but I have worked with all ages through outpatient counseling. I love working with birth parents, caregivers, foster/adoptive parents, and guardians.
I have training in social work and resourcing as well as a multitude of therapeutic interventions. The therapeutic modalities I utilize the most are Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, mindfulness approaches, and many Trauma focused treatments. I also have training and experience with Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, EMDR, play therapies, and Hypnotherapy.
Through my experience though, I’ve found the most important part of counseling/coaching is the relationship between the counselor and the client. You have to trust and be comfortable with me and I have to seek to understand you and your goals; otherwise, the relationship does not work. I strive to be genuine and compassionate while assisting in motivating you. You are the expert on you and I need to know you so I can walk alongside and assist you in reaching your goals. I can play the role of encouraging and empathetic or if preferred I can take a more engaging and active role. We all learn and function differently and I try to meet you where you are and assist in where you want to be. I look forward to meeting you and working together!!