Dr. Ashley Junghans-Rutelonis, PhD, LP, PHM-C is a Mayo Clinic College of Medicine trained clinical psychologist. She has been in clinical practice for over a decade, partnering with women to solidify values-based living and explore next steps in the lives they choose to lead.
So who am I?...
In choosing a career as a scientist-practitioner in clinical psychology, I looked for a discipline where I could mix my love of people, art, and science, as well as one that would keep me engaged and busy. During the years between college and my PhD program, I worked as an administrator in the Northwestern University Law School Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic on the southside of Chicago. I worked my butt off at that job not just because of my intrinsic drive but because of my bosses. Our leadership team included 5 bad-ass, high-performing women and my excitement about the power of bold, smart, and collaborative women-led teams was sparked.
Since that time, I earned a masters and doctorate in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University. I partnered with patients across hospital systems and clinics to focus on quality of life, mental health, and well-being. I led grant-funded research. I published peer-reviewed articles for academic journals and presented my work to groups locally, nationally, and internationally for the past 2 decades. I trained doctors, nurses, and other professionals in areas related to well-being, value-aligned living, burn-out, and stress. I spent significant time honing my clinical skill and staying up to date on evidence-based methods to approach mental health. I then followed my skill and heart into women's mental health, parental leave coaching, and perinatal mental health.
So here I am, after being on track to "climb to the top,” choosing a different path. If you would have asked me about my path forward in the middle of that climb, I never would have told you I would step away to truly embrace values-based living. For me, however, this path brings me joy and allows me to partner with incredible women who are forging the path that is right for them. I wake up in the morning excited about the day. I give myself space to breathe while I am drinking a morning cup of coffee, looking at the Minnesota snow fall, and planning my day. I consider my own mental health and allow myself to spend time examining how to better live in accordance with my values. It may not be right for other women, but it is right for me. It has been, and continues to be thrilling, wacky, and fulfilling. A beautiful story that continues to unfold. I hope to partner with you as you determine your story.
I am a mom, a doctoral-level clinical psychologist, a leader, and a bold creative. I believe that women are incredible and that we can accomplish amazing things together.
I believe you are bold and smart. I am here to help you figure out what you value and what these values look like in your life.
To boldly focus on the mental health & wellness of women in their personal and professional lives.
While you frequently consider other's needs - your team, clients, and families - I am here to create a space for you to focus on your own values and needs. For those women in corporate, the solopreneurs, and the moms keeping it together for their families, your stress, burn-out, and anxiety are real, important, and deserving of your attention.