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    Get to know VCS & Ashley

    Founder/Owner of Villa Counseling Services 

    The name for this therapy practice was inspired by my family’s catering business— Villa Baglieri, also known as “the Villa.” The Villa, a place where people came from near and far to celebrate life’s most important accomplishments and milestones, was my home away from home. It was my place of comfort. A place that supported my growth and self-discovery. Not all homes are happy places, but the Villa was. For countless people, it was a space that cultivated some of the most joyful moments in their lives. But creating beautiful celebrations does not happen by chance— it takes time, planning, collaboration, and lots of hard work behind the scenes—much like therapy. I hope to foster the kind of healing environment that supports you in processing the hard stuff while discovering an abundant life that is authentically YOU. Let me join you on this path towards finding your “Villa.”

    I am here for you

    My desire to help others overcome emotional struggles stems back as far as I can remember. No doubt influenced by the mental illness and addiction in my own family, I’ve always known that helping young people was what I was called on this earth to do. I focus on helping those people make sense of life, release pain, increase their self-worth and grow into their deepest potential.

    Mental health and wellness is a priority in my own life and so I strive to practice what I preach. In my free time you can find me outdoors chasing the sun, strolling in Central Park, dancing to the beat, seeing the world, learning to speak Spanish, and spending quality time with ones I hold dear.

    My Approach

    I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Certified Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor in New York State. As an inclusive therapist, I offer an integrative therapeutic approach depending on your unique needs. My modality is rooted in psychodynamic, relational, and attachment theories, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, strengths-based and solution-focused methods. Above all, I find the relationship between therapist and client is what derives the most healing, growth, and change.

    I specialize in working with young adults, and have extensive experience treating adolescents and children. The transformation of those that I work with has been incredible to witness. I’m confident that together, we can gain clarity and discover more meaning to life.

    I am an ally to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ communities.

     

    LICENSING - CERTIFICATION - EDUCATION

    Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW-R) in New York State – 083082

    Doctorate of Clinical Social Work (DSW) Candidate- Yeshiva University

    Master of Science in Social Work (MSSW) with a concentration in Clinical Practice- Columbia University

    Credentialed Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Counselor (CASAC Master Counselor)

    Seminar in Field Instruction (SIFI) Certified- Silberman School of Social Work

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) with a major in Psychology and minor in Community Health- Hofstra University

    EXPERIENCE

    Mental health and addictions work has been the foundation of my career, where I have had opportunities counseling people of all ages in outpatient settings, inpatient settings, rehabilitation centers and community residences. More recently, my primary focus has been providing therapy to youth in behavioral health centers and school-health clinics. I have held roles as Clinical Supervisor and Program Manager in such clinics, and provide mentorship and training to new social workers and interns in the field. Since teaching is a passion of mine, I have instructed courses at Hunter College Silberman School of Social Work and Adelphi University School of Social Work. I will be teaching at Yeshiva University, Wurzweiler School of Social Work in their Master’s level program in 2024.

    A special part of my work has been traveling abroad to Latinx countries, further developing my bilingual competency, and providing support and counseling to underserved children in disadvantaged and underprivileged communities.

    Are you ready to take the first step?

    My Values

    Connection

    Compassion

    Collaboration