#communityovereverything Guiding Hope Therapy and Counseling

Welcome to our member spotlight, where we highlight outstanding businesses in our community. We are thrilled to showcase Guiding Hope Therapy and Counseling, a mental health practice that offices out of CityCentral Plano.

In this spotlight, we speak with Dr. Ashley Carroll-Brown, who is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective mental health care to her clients. Guiding Hope understands that seeking therapy can be a vulnerable and difficult step, and they strive to create a safe and welcoming environment for everyone. Join us as we learn more about this exceptional practice and the incredible work it does.

Tell us a little about Guiding Hope Therapy and Counseling.

Guiding Hope Therapy and Counseling is a mental health practice that provides treatment for trauma and related anxiety disorders, along with managing life transitions and adjustments.

What led you to start Guiding Hope Therapy and Counseling?

I have always had a passion for helping others through difficult times. Working in several mental health settings throughout my career, I found that many ways of providing this help were limited by other motives of the agencies or systems I worked for. Therefore, I decided to open my own practice, where I can freely provide the help that is needed with fewer barriers to care.

What sets your business apart from your competitors?

I am certified and trained in providing trauma-specific therapy and counseling interventions, and I have over ten years of knowledge and experience in the field. When you come to Guiding Hope Therapy and Counseling, you do not just walk into a clinic; you receive a personal experience to help guide you towards hope and change.

What is something you wish you’d known when you were just starting your business?

I was trained in being a psychologist and providing treatment, not in how to run a business. I wish I would have known a little more about the complexities of starting and running a successful, profitable business outside of just providing services.

How do you navigate your work-life balance?

It is important for me to set appropriate boundaries with my work hours so that I ensure I have time for myself and my family outside of work. I try to stay engaged in social engagements and my hobbies outside of providing mental health services.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

I love seeing the hope on my client’s faces when they experience those first moments of relief in realizing that therapy works and that they can experience real change .

How has being a part of the Plano community affected you and your business?

The diverse community of Plano has helped me grow my business and provided the opportunity to reach and help a wider range of individuals with their mental health.

If you had a friend in town and you could take them to one of your favorite restaurants or spots in your community, where would you take them?

I love the shopping and dining experiences in Legacy West in Plano!

We would like to thank Dr. Ashley for being a part of our Member Spotlight series! If you are interested in being a part of this series, please email info@citycentral.com or speak to your Community Manager. 

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