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About Ashley

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About Ashley

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About Ashley

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1100 University Ave
Rochester, NY

About Ashley

Ashley Pinkeney earned her B.A. in Psychology from St. John Fisher College in Rochester, NY, and pursued her Master of Arts degree in Marital and Family Therapy at the University of San Diego, specializing in Medical Family Therapy. She gained valuable clinical experience in individual, family, and group therapy at various institutions, including San Diego Hospice & Institute for Palliative Medicine, Agape Counseling Associates, and Unity Health Systems. Ashley founded Hummingbird Marriage & Family Therapy, PLLC in 2020.

In addition to leading Hummingbird Marriage & Family Therapy, Ashley also operates as the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at AthenaPsych, spearheading initiatives to cultivate an equitable and inclusive culture at the psychotherapy practice in the Bronx, NY, and Rochester, NY.

Certified in Thanatology: Death, Dying, and Bereavement, Ashley led the Pediatric Bereavement Program at Golisano Children’s Hospital for five years, and authored the chapter “Perinatal Bereavement Care” in the book “Perinatal Palliative Care” published in 2020.

Her expertise in Eating Disorders was cultivated during her six-year tenure at The Healing Connection in Rochester, NY, where she worked across PHP, IOP, and Outpatient clinics. She also served as a primary therapist at Monte Nido and Affiliates Residential Facility.

Ashley is Prepare/Enrich certified for Premarital and Marriage Counseling, utilizing evidence-based skills and insights to foster healthy relationships.  More information to be found on the Prepare/Enrich Website.

She completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy and incorporates techniques from this method into her practice. For more information, click here: What is the Gottman Method?

Ashley is a proud AmeriCorp Alumni, dedicating 1700 hours to national service and addressing critical community needs in a nonprofit environment in 2010. 

She has served as a Board Member with Dreams from Drake , a nonprofit organization that provides bereavement support for local children and teens who are experiencing the confusion and grief associated with the loss of a sibling or parent since 2015. She actively volunteers her clinical expertise, running family-based support groups monthly and helps with coordinating Camp Dreams/Heartstrings, a bereavement camp for children and teens in Rochester, NY.

Clinical Specialties and Extensive Training

Ashley is Level 1 trained in Internal Family Systems from the Internal Family Systems Institute. For more information, visit the IFS Institute website.

Eating Disorders
My experience working with those with eating disorders has shown me that disconnections can come in many forms of our lives, and it is most difficult to be disconnected from ourselves. Anyone who has had an eating disorder will tell you, that it’s not just about the food but I do understand the multiple functions that food and the disorder can play in one’s life. In the process of recovery we can work on developing a sense of balance with how you relate to food as well as shifting long standing beliefs and ideals that impact your relationship with food and with yourself. The ability to feel connected and have a real sense of self-worth and agency in our lives allows us to have clarity about not just who we are as a person but who we want to be.

Specialty: Emotional Eating and Compulsive Overeating, Anorexia, Bulimia, Binge Eating Disorder and ARFID.

Grief and Bereavement
My experience in bereavement counseling has taught me all counseling is some form of grief counseling, in that we can mourn the loss of a dream, experience or expectation for ourselves. We also can mourn a relationship or an important person in our life.

The loss of a loved one can leave a cavern in our lives and heart that one can struggle to reconcile. I have been trained as a thanatologist; an experienced professional in death, dying and bereavement.

Specialty: While I work with all areas of bereavement, my niche within bereavement is counseling parents who have lost a child, women who have lost an infant or had traumatic birth experiences. I also have worked with parents who currently have children with chronic or life-limiting illnesses.