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Welcome JBA's Newest Associates!! All Have Immediate Openings for New Clients!

Leslie, Ashman, LCSW-C

Leslie Ashman, LCSW-C is a licensed clinical social worker who earned her undergraduate degree in Family Studies and her Master of Social Work from the University of Maryland. Leslie brings 25 years of social work practice experience in a variety of both clinical and school settings. She comes to Julie Baron and Associates from her position as a lower school guidance counselor at a local independent school, where she supported the social emotional and educational growth of 4th and 5th grade students and provided valued support to both parents and educators. She is excited to return to her outpatient clinical work providing individual, group and family therapy to children, teens, young adults and their families. Drawing upon her experiences in both school and clinical settings, she understands the challenges parents face in navigating their children’s educational, emotional, and mental health needs. Leslie creates a warm and non-judgmental space where her clients can feel safe and express their thoughts and feelings openly in order to improve their coping and functioning. She practices an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from various therapeutic models and evidence-based interventions to meet the unique needs of her clients. She firmly believes in the importance of tailoring her approach to each client's therapeutic goals. In addition to her work with children, teens, and young adults, Leslie has a particular interest in collaborating and working separately with parents. She recognizes a child’s or teen’s well-being is greatly influenced by their family dynamics and strives to shape a supportive environment within the family unit. By working closely with parents, she empowers them to create a positive impact on their child’s overall development by helping them practice effective parenting strategies, communication skills and a deeper understanding of their child’s needs in order to build healthy family relationships.

Austin Tucker, LCSW-C

Austin Tucker is a licensed clinical social worker who received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology, followed by a Master’s in Social Work at the University of Maryland. He has experience working with children, adolescents, and families. In addition, he has worked a as part of an interdisciplinary care team treating adults with substance use disorders. Austin has been able to deepen his understanding and effectiveness in working with young people and their families through his work in various settings including as a middle school counselor at an independent school, a school-based therapist in the public school system, and providing individual and family work in clinical settings. Utilizing his understanding of clients in their various environments, he creates change by focusing on the whole client and the different variables that impact functioning. To meet client needs, Austin believes in a collaborative approach that allows clients to take an active role in determining treatment goals and planning. The therapeutic relationship and creating a space where client feels safe, supported, and comfortable is a priority in treatment, leading to increased engagement and buy-in even from clients who may be reluctant about therapy. With the skills and knowledge obtained through specific training in evidence-based practices including Dialectical Behavior Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, among others, he is able to tailor therapeutic interventions specific to each client in order to target goals for change. Austin values diversity, the rich history which defines a person’s experiences, and has worked with clients of varied backgrounds and identities. He has experience working with clients struggling with grief, depression, trauma, anxiety, other mood disorders, learning disabilities, and ADHD. Austin is particularly skilled at developing strong working relationships with his clients and with parents. His natural ability to connect with others has been a value and an asset throughout his life and career.

We are also thrilled to announce that Lee Lovett, LCSW-C will be expanding his hours with our practice!

Lee Lovett graduated from the University of Maryland with a BA in Psychology and his Masters in Social Work. He has experience treating adults coping with severe psychiatric illnesses and substance abuse, as well as kids, adolescents, young adults/adults and families with a variety of mental health needs. He is interested and skilled in addressing issues including relationship struggles, stress, difficulty paying attention and functioning in school or relating to peers, and mood difficulties such as anxiety and depression. He welcomes the opportunity to work with clients of various ages and backgrounds, helping them find and utilize their own unique strengths and abilities to meet their treatment goals. Lee utilizes a humanistic approach to engage with his clients, believing that the client is the expert in their own life. He is collaborative in determining the best approaches and interventions to meet clients’ needs and equip them with a host of skills and strategies to reach treatment targets and improve quality of life. While he guides clients on a clear treatment path toward their goals, he tailors therapeutic interventions to each session meeting clients where they are in the moment. He has post-graduate training in a wide array of techniques from evidence-based interventions such as Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, Hypnosis, and Eye-Movement-Desensitization and Reprocessing. In his free time, he enjoys creative writing, hiking, and running outdoors, as well as hanging out with his family and their German Shepherds. As much as possible, he employs creativity into sessions with clients and is passionate about helping clients tap into their own creativity. Lee looks forward to learning about his clients and helping them become the best version of themselves!

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