About Ashlyn Powell, MS, LCMHCA, CRC
Meet the newest member of the MentPhys Wellness PLLC team, sport and exercise psychotherapist, Ashlyn Powell!
Growing up in Atlanta, Georgia, southern living meant Saturdays in the fall were for one thing only: football. Despite my dream of becoming UGA’s first female QB1 falling through, I continued to immerse myself in athletics through track and field, lacrosse, and, eventually, as a strength coach. As an athlete, I faced severe performance anxiety, earning starting positions based on my performance in practices, but quickly falling apart in game settings. Once I got to college, and feeling like I would never overcome this perpetual anxiety and frustration, I decided to hang up my cleats for good. It wasn’t long before this decision came back to haunt me.
Seeking to fill the sport-shaped hole in my life, I had the epiphany to combine my interest in psychology with my passion for athletics. I attended the University of Georgia, where I majored in Psychology and added a minor in Exercise and Sport Science. Wanting to further my involvement in fitness and to help others reach their health goals, I received my personal training certification from the International Sports Sciences Association in 2015. Shortly after, I began an internship at a strength and conditioning facility working with talented and driven athletes of all levels. I was brought on as an assistant strength and conditioning coach and developed relationships with these phenomenal athletes over several years. During this time, I also continued my education and received a master’s degree from Georgia Southern University in Kinesiology, Sport and Exercise Psychology Emphasis, in 2019. It was here that I developed a deeper understanding of the performance anxiety that had shadowed my athletic career, as well as burnout, injury rehabilitation, and other stressors so prevalent in sport, today.
In 2021, I earned a master's degree in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling from North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I am now a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor – Associate from the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors, and a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor from the Commission on Rehabilitation Counselor Certification. My counseling philosophy blends concepts and theories of person-centered therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, and motivational interviewing to help my clients work towards holistic wellness. By fostering a culture of acceptance, empowerment, and empathy, I aim to develop a therapeutic counseling partnership with my clients in which they have the tools, security, and freedom to explore and adjust to the turbulence of the human, and athlete, experience.