Ashley Romero is very excited to join the team at The Enlightenment Center.  Ashley received her Bachelor’s Degree in psychology from Ramapo College of NJ and her Master’s Degree in Social Work from Rutgers University, where her focus was on clinical social work and mental health. Ashley is also certified as a Licensed Social Worker with the State of New Jersey. Ashley has a great deal of experience working with a wide variety of individuals. Her experiences include interning at Princeton University within the Health and Wellness Center and the LGBT Center, and within the Behavioral Health Unit at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital-Somerset through Princeton House Behavioral Health Center. She has experience working in mental health programs and has extensive experience with individual and group counseling, specifically with individuals with mental health concerns, substance abuse, and physical limitations.

Ashley has worked as a Vocational Counselor and assists individuals with job coaching, case management, career counseling, and vocational rehabilitation. In particular, Ashley has extensive knowledge in depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and severe mental illnesses. Ashley’s counseling techniques are deeply rooted in the humanistic approach, with the belief that people are unique and have free will within their lives. Ashley seeks to shine that light within her clients and help them acknowledge the power within to overcome all obstacles and reach any goals and dreams that they have the desire to fulfill. Ashley’s optimistic approach creates a positive environment where the client feels empowered and in control of their life.

While having a deep rooted belief in the inherent good of all people, she utilized techniques of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Systems Theory, and Solution Focused counseling as a means to help the clients reach their goals. Ashley also enjoys utilizing art, music, and spirituality within her work, and practices guided meditations, progressive muscle relaxation, and journaling as positive coping tools to guide her clients.

Ashley knows that each person is capable of change and honors the individuality of every person she has the pleasure of working with.

One of the most satisfying experiences I know is fully to appreciate an individual in the same way I appreciate a sunset. When I look at a sunset... I don’t find myself saying, ‘Soften the orange a litle more on the right hand corner, and put a bit more purple along the base, and use a little more pink in the cloud color...’ I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch it with awe as it unfolds.
— Carl Rodgers