Vassar College

New York University Silver School of Social Work, MSW

Training & Certifications

  • Adaptations to the AIM-SP Model of Suicide-Safer Care for Children and Adolescents - Center for Practice Innovations 

  • Suicide Screening and Risk Assessment - Center for Practice Innovations

  • Motivational Interviewing - Center for Practice Innovations

  • Screening, Assessment, and Diagnosis of Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders - Center for Practice Innovations

  • Mental Health First Aid - ThriveNYC 

  • Psychological First Aid - National Child Traumatic Stress Learning Center

New York State License Number: 107403

NPI: 1053960567


Ashley Barad, LMSW

Brooklyn Heights

“Only through our connectedness to others can we really know and enhance the self. And only through working on the self can we begin to enhance our connectedness to others.” ―Harriet Lerner


  • Adolescence & Emerging Adulthood

  • LGBTQIA+ Affirming 

  • Trauma

  • Anxiety & Depression

  • Couples

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationships & Alternative Relationship Structures

Hi, my name is Ashley, my pronouns are she/her/hers, and I am a licensed social worker at Cobb Psychotherapy, LCSW. I became a therapist because I truly believe in the healing that can result from having a trusting, non-judgmental environment in which to process emotions. I practice from an attachment-focused, trauma-informed lens that emphasizes a sense of safety, honesty, and choice. In our work together we will identify your needs and goals, and we will collaborate to address them at a pace that feels comfortable for you.

What I Do

As a therapist, my priority is to create a safe and nurturing space for you to explore your insights, feelings, challenges, and strengths. I will listen, empathize, and sit with you through painful and joyful emotions as they arise. Part of my process involves helping you recognize the coping mechanisms that you have already developed in your life, and teasing out which of these skills are more helpful or less helpful to you at present. We will also work together to identify any unhelpful patterns of thoughts and behaviors, and develop ways for you to disrupt these cycles. In addition, we will explore the connection between your past and present emotions and relationship dynamics in order to gain insight into your relationship with yourself and others. We will then use what we have learned in order to grapple with the challenges in your life.

How I Help

I understand clients through the biopsychosocial-spiritual model, placing importance on the influence of external and societal factors in how clients are able to cope with obstacles. I utilize an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from psychodynamic as well as cognitive-behavioral theories in order to address the wide range of challenges that clients may face. I use an abundance of empathy and acceptance to convey my unconditional support so that clients feel seen, heard, and known. I aim to be attuned to clients as their needs shift over time, creating space for clients to voice what works well for them in session and what does not. In session, I create space for clients to be their authentic selves, and I strive to show up authentically as well. I believe that an honest and trusting client-therapist relationship can be extremely healing. This trust is also imperative to the work of therapy, as it allows for deeper exploration of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.

More About Me

A motto I once developed for myself was “Be kind to your desires,” and I try to live by that. In my free time, I am usually at home tending to my tiny garden, seeing live shows around the city, and spending time with my loved ones.