Ashley Barnes, AMFT

Therapist in Sacramento & Online
pronouns: she, her, hers

Available Sundays – Wednesdays (including evenings)


Relationship Therapy for Partners & Individuals
Sex Therapy for Partners & Individuals

Trauma, Anxiety, & Depression
Gen Z & Millennials – Stress and Adjusting to Life Changes
Grief & Loss Counseling



Ashley Barnes, AMFT is accepting new clients beginning in July.  She has recently graduated University of Southern California’s psychotherapy program and has worked in private practice in Southern California prior to joining Love Heal Grow.

Ashley Barnes relationship therapist sacramento ca online

I help​ individuals and couples who seek to improve and enhance their relationships, those who wish to heal from painful experiences and navigate big life changes, and those who aspire to improve their mental well being.


You can experience more fulfillment in your life and relationships! I’m here to support you.


I’m the type of therapist who will be there in your most difficult times and will also celebrate your wins with you.


I believe in the power of the therapeutic relationship and will meet you with authenticity, empathy, compassion, and a good sense of humor. It is important to me that you feel seen, heard, and safe in the therapeutic space.


You are free to be your authentic self with me as we move through your journey together. 


Not only will I provide you with tools to enhance the quality of your life and relationships, but I will walk alongside you in your healing journey. 


I work from a solid foundation of humanistic approaches, specifically client-centered and existential psychotherapy. I also incorporate mindfulness based practices and elements of evidenced based treatments like cognitive behavioral therapy into my work with clients.


I will help you find hope again.


You may be grappling with residual effects of trauma, grieving a loved one or a part of your life, feeling stressed and anxious, experiencing depression, or struggling with relationships. You may be feeling discouraged that things won’t ever get better, but they can. While healing isn’t always linear, I will help you move towards where you want to go. 


I want to know your story, your sense of meaning and values, and where you want this journey to take you next.


Part of what can make therapy so empowering is speaking your truth, gaining powerful insights, and continuing to grow as a human being. I will help you do just that.


I believe that therapy is a collaborative process.


While we will do work within our sessions, I will also encourage you to do work outside of our sessions for optimal positive change. Real change happens when we challenge ourselves and try something new; I will provide you with engaging therapeutic tools and exercises to continue your growth outside of the therapy room.


Your unique identity is to be honored, embraced, and cherished.


I welcome anyone regardless of their age, race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, class, or ability.


Therapy may seem intimidating and though it may be hard at some points, I will be present with you through all of it. I will help you find peace as you move toward positive changes in your life and relationships.


On a more personal note: 

When I’m not doing therapy, you may find me taking a peaceful stroll in nature or in a museum, listening to or creating music, spending time with loved ones, looking for new restaurants to try, or taking an outrageous amount of pictures of my dog.

Formal Credentials

Associate Marriage and Family Therapist (#133193): Registered to practice psychotherapy under the supervision of Desmond Thayer, PsyD (#PSY29042).​


M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy: University of Southern California (USC)

B.A., Psychology: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)



Love Heal Grow Residency Trainings in Progress
Gottman Method Couples Therapy: Level I
Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (Hold Me Tight Program)
Gottman Couples Therapy: Level 2
Gottman Couples Therapy: Trauma and Infidelity
Modern Sex Therapy Institute: Addressing Common Sexual Concerns in Individuals and Couples
Modern Sex Therapy Institute: LGBTQIA Affirmative Therapy
Modern Sex Therapy Institute: Alternative Sexualities/Non-Traditional Relationships
Anti-Racism & Culturally Affirmative Care,
Diversity & Resiliency Institute of El Paso

Advanced Trainings/Certifications
Seeking Safety: An Evidence-Based Model for Trauma and/or Substance Abuse Training – Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services
Suicide Risk Assessment, Prevention and Intervention Training – Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services