Ashley Harper Smith, MSW, LCSW

Licensed Clinical Social Worker
She/Her/Hers
Ashley is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with extensive experience treating children, adolescents and families facing a broad spectrum of mental health related issues, including OCD, anxiety, and related disorders. Ashley has a special interest in working with family systems to include sibling work, and she has been practicing family therapy in the field since 2007.

Ashley’s approach is warm, artful, and down to earth. She is ignited by the process of partnering with individuals and family members to help them move toward a more preferred way of living, thinking, problem-solving, connecting, relating, and experiencing life. She integrates Structural and Narrative Family Therapy perspectives in her work and is skilled in CBT, TF-CBT, mindfulness skills and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).

Ashley holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Northern Kentucky University and a Master of Social Work from the University of Denver. Over the course of her career, Ashley has served youth in various settings including performing arts therapeutic programming; school-based therapy; intensive inpatient services; Partial Hospitalization Programming (PHP), and residential treatment. Ashley has also assessed and treated children, adolescents and families impacted by trauma at University of Kentucky’s Center on Trauma and Children. She has taught a graduate level clinical course and contributed to published research studies focusing on the impact of mental illness on family systems. Prior to joining the NOATC team, Ashley served in the roles of Family Therapist and Lead Therapist at Rogers Behavioral Health-Nashville in the Child and Adolescent OCD and Anxiety Partial Hospitalization Program (PHP). There, she provided patient care, led family-inclusive therapy groups, supervised clinicians, served on leadership committees, and developed a passion for working with children, teens, and families impacted by OCD & anxiety.

When Ashley is not helping others, you can find her playing records, dancing in her living room with her two best friends Vashti and Florence (total mutts),taking a walk around town, schvitzing uncontrollably in a hot yoga class, and consuming foods with obscene amounts of garlic and hot sauce.