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Gail Foorman, LCSW, Clinician

She/Her

Psychology Today

Ashley Martinez, LPC

My Services Offered

My job involves helping people. I work with diverse individuals and families to overcome the struggles they are going through and help them find the find the path they want to travel. I also create group therapy sessions to help look at behavioral and interpersonal stressors and how to solve them. I also provide psychological evaluations for clients looking to define, understand, and diagnose symptoms to better understand their behavior as well as provide a guide for treatment. I offer consultation for clinicians and young therapists wanting guidance on how to get licensed and practice today. Similarly, I create workshops for personal and professional development.

What it is like being in session with me

I provide a partnership. I am here to work with you on any issues that you are dealing with. I do not extend the power dynamic, but rather I see us as equals trying to solve problems in your life. Together we will get a full grasp of the issue, explore it in-depth while getting to know each other before moving on to problem-solving. This is my process for change, because change is a process.

Treatment/Approach modality

Through all my services, I use multicultural competency and cultural awareness. This process allows me to create an environment for people who feel a challenged sense of belonging. It is an effective tool in creating an open and safe space for you. I also use family systems and interpersonal approaches. I help you identify your roles in life and how those roles relate to those around you. This allows you to see who you are and know your purpose in life. Lastly, I enjoy using motivational interviewing. This is a systematic, structured approach that can help you deal with massive life changes and decision making.

I want to build a rapport with you. I strive to get to know you as a person not defined by the choices you have made. There are no bad people, only those who have made different choices. It is important for me to connect with you and make you feel like I am someone you can trust and share anything with. No matter what stage of life you are in, I am here to see you as you are and work with you to find the path that you want to be on.

My specialties

I see you as more than the judgment others have placed on you. I specialize in work with forensic populations and those in the penal system. Whether it is you or a family member struggling to find hope amidst difficult realities, I provide hope. If you have already been to jail or at jeopardy of going to jail, it can feel as though society has already placed their judgment on you, and there is no way to change. I am here to show you that there is more to life than your past or the issues that you are dealing with. There is hope everywhere; the journey is about finding it and realigning the joy in your life.

Many of my clients are dealing with the same issue of feeling like they do not belong. I work with those dealing with interpersonal conflict, the LBGTQ+ community, and people with behavioral concerns. Whether it is helping an individual or their family deal with trying to come to terms with certain issues and how to move forward to ensure progression, I am here to help guide you to the path you want to travel. Even with my consultation services, I aim to help young therapists on their journey down being a therapist and what is necessary for them to be the best clinician they can be.

Specialties include: depression and anxiety; trauma; behavioral concerns; addictions; grief and loss; issues tied to self-esteem/identity; interpersonal conflict; LGBTQ+ issues; relationship, identity, and marriage issues; families managing the court system; community re-entry; finding purpose

How therapy helps

Today’s world is extremely stressful, and people are more in need of guidance. In the world of mental health, the practice of therapy is slowly becoming more mainstream and accessible, but it is still largely stigmatized in many communities. People are beginning to see the importance of therapy and are finding that it can be very beneficial. Sometimes you are at a place, either mentally or in your career, where you do not know what to do. There are so many options and distractions around you, and everything can become overwhelming. My office is a safe space where I can help guide you through the issues that you are facing and look for the future for growth.

My credentials

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with over nine years’ experience working in the Mental Health Industry in various populations and settings. I received my Bachelor of Arts in Forensic Psychology from Bay Path University in 2010. In 2013, I received my Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from American International College with a concentration in Forensics. I became a Licensed Mental Health Counselor in 2016. I partnered with the Hampden County Sheriff’s Department, in Western Massachusetts, to address jail recidivism, homelessness, community policing, and jail diversion. I have over five years’ experience providing therapy to children and families in community-based programs.

My hobbies

In my spare time, I enjoy world travel, camping, exercising, board games, and the beach.

Testimonials

Working with Ashley makes therapy easy, fun, and comfortable.. she always greets with a smile and never made me feel judged. ~Anonymous

Education

Cantorial Certification (2020)
Cantorial Internship Program of the Cantors Assembly (CICA) 

Master’s Degree (MS, 1986)
Social Work
Columbia University

Field Work (1985-1986)
Members’ Assistance Program
District 65-UAW 

Field Work (1984-1985)
Methadone Maintenance Program
Beth Israel Medical Center 

Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology (BA, 1984)
Psychology
University of Pennsylvania

Licenses & Professional Designations

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) – Georgia
  • Cantor (Clergy) in the Conservative Movement of Judaism 

Honors, Awards & Memberships

  • National Association of Social Workers (NASW)
  • The Cantors Assembly

Specialties

  • Depression and Anxiety
  • Interpersonal, Relationship, Marriage and Family Issues
  • Life Cycle Events and Transitions
  • Aging and Older Adult Concerns
  • Grief and Loss
  • Religious, Spiritual and Existential Issues
  • LGBTQ+ Issues
  • Women’s Issues
  • Work-Related or Academic Stressors
  • Chronic Illness
  • Caregiver Stress
  • Childhood Sexual Abuse
  • Codependency 
  • Issues Related to Jewish Identity Including: Familial Relationships, Religious Observance, Spiritual Exploration, Intermarriage, Conversion, the Holocaust and Anti-Semitism 

Clinical & Consulting Interests

  • Individual, Family, and Group Treatment
  • Jewish Identity, Religious and Spiritual Support Group
  • Workshop: Introduction to Mussar, a Virtues-Based Approach to Jewish Ethics and Character Development
  • Cultural Immersion Trips

What it’s Like to Work with Me

My approach to therapy can be captured in three words: compassion, clarity and courage. Every client deserves to be met with kindness and acceptance. When you begin treatment with me, we focus on your immediate concerns and then delve deeper into their roots at the pace that feels safe and comfortable for you. I don’t cling to any one therapeutic technique or paradigm; I borrow from cognitive-behavioral, psychodynamic, systems theory and solution-focused approaches depending on my sense of what is most likely to be effective at the time. My goal is to support you in coping with difficult emotions, to identify and change self-defeating thoughts, to challenge irrational beliefs, and to help you make decisions about your behavior in order to move you forward in a positive direction in your life.
 

Through the therapeutic process, you will be able to own and understand your unique experiences and feel safe, supported, and valued while doing so. You can overcome fear, shame, guilt and self-doubt and learn to use anger constructively. You can expect to improve relationships, establish, and maintain interpersonal boundaries and manage or end toxic relationships. My goal is to help you truly make sense of your experience. You are the expert on you and a great therapist can help you fully understand and heal your past, evaluate your present and achieve the future you desire.  

Personal Highlights

I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) with over thirty years of experience in mental healthcare. I am highly experienced in working with people from various cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations and am exceptionally well qualified to help clients deal with Jewish identity issues, Jewish spiritual exploration, holocaust-related issues and intermarriage. 

My Hobbies

In my spare time, I enjoy gardening, traveling, singing and writing original musical parodies.

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