We had the good fortune of connecting with Ashley Boynton and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Ashley, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
As a licensed psychologist, I am fortunate to have a career that teaches me lessons constantly. The lessons I learn from my work help me grow as a person, a partner, and a citizen of this world. I have an incredible job in that people choose to share their hopes, dreams, secret thoughts, anger, fears, and deepest sadness with me, and in getting to know my clients on a deep level I also learn about myself. While it’s impossible for me to identify the most important lesson I have learned, one lesson I continue to come back to has to do with finding a balance between humility and strength. This shows up often when I am doing therapy: I can never presume to know everything about my clients’ worlds, and often listening with compassion and curiosity leads us to powerful insights and healing. At the same time, my clients come to me because I am an expert in my field, and often rely on my asking the right questions or offering accurate insights. All my clients want to feel as though they are in good hands, which requires me owning my knowledge and expertise. In striving for this balance, I have had to work hard to own my strength. As a woman, the world around me has taught me not to come across as arrogant, shrill, too smart, too bossy, etc. So naturally, in my training to be a psychologist, the humility piece came easy to me. At the beginning of my training, I was astounded by how much I did not know, and was at times intimidated by the trust others were putting in me to help them heal. It took me several years of hard work, but in studying, training, working with supervisors and mentors I trusted, I started to trust myself. At this point in my career, I feel more comfortable with this balance. I am still humbled by the ways people share with me and trust me to help them heal, but I am also confident that I know how to help. And if at any point I don’t know, I can always sit back and listen. 

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a psychologist who is licensed to practice in 15 states (https://psypact.org/page/psypactmap). Lately, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, my practice has been exclusively telehealth, in that I see clients for video sessions. I have been amazed at the ability we have to connect with each other in this way; I have several clients I have never met, and yet by tracking their facial expressions I can almost feel as though we are in the same room. I am a relational therapist, which means that my relationship with my clients and their relationships with others are often a primary focus. With so many of our relationships being reduced to the virtual realm these days, I find it is more important than ever to find ways to connect in spite of the challenges that face us.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Fort Collins and its surrounding areas have so much natural beauty, and thankfully this has meant that in spite of being limited by the pandemic, there are always fun things to do. In the summer, my partner and I like to go camping and backpacking in the beautiful surrounding state and national parks, as well as kayaking and swimming in nearby lakes. In the winter we like to snowshoe. I miss dining out and still pick up takeout when I can from some of my favorite spots: Rainbow Restaurant, Little Bird Bake Shop, and Elevated Sandwiches are among some of the places that some to mind. If a friend was coming to visit, I would have to take them on the beautiful bike trails around the city, which conveniently line up with a number of breweries in town 🙂

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’d like to give a shoutout to my community of fellow therapists in Northern CO who help me continue to strive to be my best and help lift me up when I need it: Lee Land, Chelsea Twiss, Mica Adesso, Carrie Haynes Sharp, Lindsey Brown, Beth O’Brien, and the awesome therapists in my consult groups come to mind.

Website: www.ashleyboynton.com
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/ashley-boynton-ph-d-fort-collins
Other: Psychology Today: https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/therapists/ashley-boynton-fort-collins-co/410706

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