Dr. Patti Ashley International workshop presenter, best-selling author, speaker, psychotherapist, and Authenticity Architect brings unique insight into the identification and treatment of trauma, shame, grief, and dysfunctional family patterns. Her signature model of Authenticity Architecture creates long-term changes in the brain and central nervous system, breaking through barriers to personal freedom and authentic growth, and excavating the truth of self-love, belonging and connection.
Her thirty-five-plus years of experience include developing and teaching continuing education courses for physicians, hospital wellness programs, universities and other private organizations; and counseling individuals, couples, families, and groups in mental health agencies, psychiatric hospitals, and private practice settings.
Patti holds a Doctor of Philosophy degree in psychology from the Union Institute and University. Patti also holds a Master of Science degree in early childhood education from Old Dominion University, and a Bachelor of Science degree in special education from James Madison University. She is the author of Living in the Shadow of the Too-Good Mother Archetype (2014) and Letters to Freedom (2019) and the upcoming Shame-Informed Therapy: The Art and Architecture of Reconstructing the Authentic Self.
“People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.”
- MARCUS AURELIUS