Ashley Wiegand LMFT, BCN, MS
Ashley works from an integrative, holistic perspective. She uses her understanding of the brain, physiology, and family systems to guide her therapeutic approach. She bases much of her work on the principle of feedback, the process in which information related to the individual that was previously outside of his or her awareness is shown to the individual. While this process is a pillar of talk therapy, it is also engaged in Bio-feedback. Bio-feedback uses advanced computer technology to give information to the client about their biology, such as heart rate and breathing rate. Another method, Neurofeedback, gives information based on the individual’s brainwaves, or EEG. This is also called EEG biofeedback or neurotherapy.
Through this feedback loop, a person learns to shift his or her own biology in response to the new information, resulting in greater awareness and improved regulation. This simple yet powerful process enacts changes through the principles of shaping and reinforcement-based learning (termed operant conditioning), which engages the dopamine reward network in the brain that is integral in learning and motivation. The overlying principle is that neurofeedback gives an individual and the brain the necessary information it needs to move towards stability and improvement.
Ashley also uses ClinicalQ assessment (developed by Dr. Swingle) to provide a mini-mapping of the brain, which uncovers areas of dysregulation. EEG patterns reveal one’s brain state and relate to mental and emotional functioning. This assessment finds underlying EEG (brainwave) biomarkers related to the client’s concerns and is used to design an individualized treatment plan. She then uses neurofeedback to address the deviations found in the ClinicalQ evaluation and help shift symptom-related patterns in the brain. As these deviations normalize through treatment, clients typically achieve symptom reduction and improved mental and emotional health.
Overall, as a therapist, Ashley looks at the interplay of biological systems within the individual, the systems surrounding the individual, the context of symptoms, and the strengths of the individual when working towards treatment goals. She believes using technology that directly assesses neuro-biological patterns enhances one’s capacity for understanding, accessing change, and achieving treatment goals. She has experienced biofeedback as an empowering method that gives individuals an avenue to change themselves through the technology. She utilizes feedback principles to equip a person to address and work with one’s biology directly, enhancing treatment outcomes. Ashley has found that biofeedback in conjunction with talk therapy is often more efficient for helping clients move towards the personal growth and change they seek.
Ashley has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Exercise Science and a Master’s of Science degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. She is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Missouri and is Board Certified in Neurofeedback (BCN) through the Biofeedback Certification International Alliance (BCIA). She is also a clinical member of the AAMFT professional organization.
Ashley is considered an "out of network" provider by insurance companies and can provide necessary paperwork should your insurance company allow for this service. Ashley accepts private payment by check, credit card, or cash.