yasheluah (yah-SHAY-loo-ah): peace through struggle
Ashley’s mission is restoring our connections with the Divine, which heals broken relationships with self, God, others, and creation. She is an author, spiritual midwife, aesthete, and semiotician, as well as a workshop and conference educator.
As a spiritual midwife, she is passionate about working in harmony with Creator God to embody compassion and hope in the lives of those she comes alongside. As an aesthete, she searches for the divine beauty in every person and their stories. As a semiotician, she looks for the ways people create and represent meaning.
Helping people heal from spiritual abuse is a high priority. Ashley understands the deep loss people experience when they leave a previously-trusted community of faith, and acknowledges the grieving, deconstruction, and reconstruction processes look different for everyone. She had many positive and healthy experiences during the years she attended and led within Southern Baptist churches and parachurch organizations, which spanned three regions of the US and three continents. However, during that time she also witnessed consistent spiritual abuse of others and experienced it herself. Ashley made the deeply painful decision to leave the SBC and devote her time to finding ways to help others heal from similar adverse religious experiences.
Often referred to as “the one with the purple hair,” Ashley is known for her creativity and for seeing the world just a little bit differently. She loves singing and musical theater, photographing flowers and birds, and finding God’s work in unusual places.
Ashley has a Master of Arts in Family Life Education and a Doctor of Ministry in Semiotics & Future Studies, and is a lifelong learner around trauma, attachment, and healing (especially via the National Institute for the Clinical Application of Behavioral Medicine, the Trauma Research Foundation, and the TIC Training Center). She also currently serves as the mental health advisor to the board of Free for Life International.
Ashley was born and raised in New Mexico, and she lives with her family in an intentional community in the Seattle, WA area.
RESEARCH AND OTHER INTERESTS:
- Attachment theory, God attachment, and the reciprocal self
- Self-compassion and neutralizing shame
- Post-traumatic growth and healing across the lifespan
- Anti-racist work; social justice and dismantling white supremacy
- The Enneagram
- Biblical hermeneutics
- Trinitarian theology and covenant epistemology
- Intersection of body, mind, and emotion in neuroscience
- Parish ministry and fresh expressions of church
- Christian feminism and liberation
- Healing from evangelical purity culture
- Positive discipline and gentle parenting
- Parenting children with special needs
- Nonviolent communication
- Collaborative law and dispute resolution
- Sexual abuse prevention
- Recovery from narcissistic abuse