Therapist. Social worker. Educator.


Barksdale missions, llc.

Now Serving Alabama and Mississippi


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Call or text 662 368 2008 Support ashleybarksdale com 5374 HWY 45 N COLUMBUS MS 39705 Licensed in Alabama and Mississippi

Therapeutic Support

Empowering families through education and support, from birth through parenthood.

With a person-centered holistic approach, I provide therapy and resources for various challenges and mental health diagnoses to individuals and families, from adolescents to middle-aged adults, as well as couples counseling and parenting education, in a safe atmosphere that facilitates the development of individuals through critical thinking, active learning, and the integration of faith and knowledge.

In-network with most insurance companies, such as Ambetter, Blue Cross & Blue Shield, Medicare, Medicaid, Tricare, and United Healthcare. Other financial options are available for those without insurance or who prefer not to file through insurance.

Offering support in Alabama and Mississippi.

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Your well-being is taken


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Relational & Attachment Injuries

The relationships we experience throughout life have an impact on our well-being.

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Developmental Trauma

With an exploration of core beliefs resulting from adverse experiences, we can identify and overcome developmental trauma we are all exposed to.

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Maternal Stress

“Mom Guilt” is real and impacts the entire family.

You are NOT alone. It truly takes a village!

Group & Educational Support

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Support Groups

A safe, non-judgmental space for individuals to actively share and learn about topics such as ADHD, parenting, grief, and more.

Professional Services

Professional consultation and educational services, including workshops and training for many topics are offered to meet your organizational needs.

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A strong support system makes

things happen..

You do not have to walk this journey alone.

I would be honored to walk alongside you while offering grace as we work together to identify appropriate treatment modalities and resources to meet your needs.

Now Serving Alabama and Mississippi

I am passionate about family well-being, normalizing and destigmatizing mental health, and supporting other helping professionals through difficult times.


To bridge the gap from research to practice, filling the need for maternal mental health and substance abuse support while strengthening families and supporting healthcare professionals.


Earlier in my life, the infamous quote about “being who you needed when you were younger,” stuck with me. (Teen pregnancy, ACE score of 9, blended family struggles, family members’ addiction, family trauma, etc.) In 2015, I began the journey of what I wanted to be when I grew up, and those doors continued to open, each at the perfect time--I began in the birth field and saw a need for “more,” which led me to psychology, family science, social work, and therapy.


A former co-worker told me I was a “different kind of Christian,” which was the best compliment I have ever had and one that I feel is extremely fitting.

  • God often reminds me of the Samaritan woman at the well (John 4), which is the foundation for my beliefs—we are to accept one another, regardless of the circumstances or differences.
  • Hebrews 2:18, “for those who have been tested can help those who are suffering.”
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Ashley Barksdale

My name is Ashley, and I am a Mental Health Therapist, an Adjunct Instructor of Psychology and Family Science, and a Support Coordinator for Postpartum Support International. I have a passion for supporting individuals and families experiencing life stressors and have proven to work effectively with people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds and sexual orientations.

I desire to come alongside, challenge, and encourage others to find healing emotionally, mentally, physically, and spiritually while treating each person as unique and worthy of acceptance, regardless of their circumstances.

The more we know, the more we grow!


Educational Background

As a former Birth and Postpartum Doula, I am passionate about family well-being, perinatal mental health, and psychiatric care. I am a Marriage and Family Therapy doctoral candidate and have a master’s degree from Baylor University’s Diana R. Garland School of Social Work with a Clinical focus and a bachelor’s degree in Family Science with a minor in Psychology from Mississippi University for Women. Additionally, I am a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Perinatal Mental Health Provider.

My practice interests include academia and clinical social work, including ADHD, trauma, childhood adversity, and maternal mental health; hence my diverse educational background, and the formation of Barksdale Missions, LLC.

Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Mississippi (LCSW, C10953)

Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in Alabama (LICSW, 5726C)

Certified Perinatal Mental Health Provider (PMH-C)

Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE, 1192025)

Certified Grief Professional (CGP, 551487)

Certified Trauma Professional (CCTP, 945448)

Certified Alcohol & Drug Counselor-II (CADC-II, AD23-052B)

Are you ready to make a change?


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Thank you for entrusting me to provide exceptional therapeutic care and support.

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To submit a referral

Please provide the following information via call, text, email, or fax:

  • Client’s Contact Information & DOB
    • (Parent/Guardian if under 18)
  • Referring Provider’s Information
  • Reason for referral

call or text: (662) 368-2008

Fax: (662) 339-8206

5374 HWY 45 N. COLUMBUS, MS 39705

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