Ashlee Groover, (LPC) MS, NCC
What is your therapeutic focus?
My therapeutic focus is most heavily influenced by a strengths-based and person-centered approach. I love being able to help my clients challenge their negative thought patterns by utilizing the strengths they sometimes forget they have! Cognitive behavioral therapy is where it's at!
Who or what inspired you to pursue a career as a counselor?
To make a long story short, my overall experience as a college-aged adult is what led me to this profession. Being a Division I student-athlete, moving across the country from my family, and enduring some pretty severe sports injuries really took a toll on my mental health. As I struggled with the challenges I faced throughout my college experience, I met Dr. Samantha Monda. At the time, she was my professor in the Psychology of Sport, where I got to learn more about the mental challenges that athletes face. It worked out that at the time, I was recovering from an injury that required surgery and kept me out of my sport (softball) for 10 months. I was able to learn more about the experiences I was currently living through, as well as learn more about the career opportunities I could see myself pursuing that involved my passion for softball and sports in general. I am lucky enough that here at Thrive, while I am passionate about helping everyone, I also get the chance to help athletes of all ages work through some of those same challenges. Talk about a full-circle moment!
In terms of successes, which accomplishments are you most proud of?
I am most proud of being the first one in my family to graduate with a Master's degree and also be the only student in my graduate cohort to publish my Master's thesis in a research article. Check it out here!: https://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/19/9/5106
Tell me something about you that most people don’t know.
Something that most people don't know about me is that I have a twin brother and that I was born and raised in sunny San Diego, California!