Ashley Mielke, Founder & Director
Ashley Mielke, B.A., M.Sc. MFT
Registered Psychologist | Advanced Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
I am incredibly passionate about my work with people who have been affected by grief. It was not my academic or clinical training that propelled me to specialize in Grief Recovery®; it was my own painful losses, including my father’s substance abuse and eventual suicide. Through my own healing, I developed an overwhelming desire to help others move beyond the pain caused by loss.
As a Registered Psychologist in Edmonton, I have facilitated over a thousand Grief Recovery Method® Programs since 2013. I have supported people grieving a variety of losses including death, divorce, break-up, infidelity, miscarriage, infertility, postpartum depression, pet death, estrangement, domestic violence, sexual assault, childhood abuse, addictions, moving, loss of health, physical injury, and financial loss.
In my personal time, my husband and I love experiencing new adventures with our son, vacationing in Hawaii and Arizona, and spending time with friends and family. I am also very passionate about self and growth development through reading and workshops, and staying active through basketball and running.
Ashley Mielke brings forth over 10 years of therapeutic experience. She has been a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist® and Registered Psychologist in Edmonton since 2013. She has extensive experience providing therapy and assessment services to individuals, couples, and families, and has been qualified to provide Expert Witness testimony in court proceedings. Ashley also has a background in academia. She taught two undergraduate psychology courses at Concordia University of Edmonton for four years.
Prior to completing her 1600 hour residency as a Registered Psychologist in private practice, Ashley obtained her Master of Science in Marital and Family Therapy from Loma Linda University, California. Ashley graduated Summa Cum Laude (Highest Academic Distinction).
While obtaining her Master’s degree, she completed an extensive two-year clinical internship as a Marriage and Family Therapist in private practice. During Ashley’s internship she provided therapy and assessment services to individuals, couples, families, and groups and obtained her Level One Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy. She is passionate about supporting people through family, couples, and individual counselling.
Upon Registration as a Psychologist in Edmonton, Ashley became a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®. Ashley had the honour of training under the Founder of the Grief Recovery Institute®, John James. Ashley and John had an intuitive connection and she knew Grief Recovery® would become her life’s work.
Ashley’s educational background also includes a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology from Concordia University College of Alberta and completion of two undergraduate clinical placements in the mental health field; one at an out-patient clinic for Alberta Health Services and the other in forensic psychiatry at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
Other Professional Activities
Ashley is Canada’s Grief Recovery Method® Certification Trainer for The Grief Recovery Institute®. Ashley trains registered psychologists, mental health professionals, child and youth care workers, physicians and nurses, clergy, funeral professionals, life coaches, educators, and several others across the country in The Grief Recovery Method® who have a genuine desire to help grieving people.
Media and Workshops
Ashley co-authored a book titled Postpartum Grief in August of 2017.
Ashley has been featured in the following articles:
- 23 Experts Share the Best Ways to Support Someone Who is Grieving – Sympathy Message Ideas Blog, August 2018
- Grief and the Assisted Death – Canadian Funeral News, September 2017
- The Grief Recovery Method in Therapeutic Practice – The Grief Recovery Institute Blog, February 2017
- The Canine Comforter – Edmonton Lifestyle News for People 50 Plus, January 2016
- What to Say in Difficult Times – Canadian Living, July 2015
Ashley has appeared on Global TV Health Matters, Global TV Morning and Evening News, and CTV Morning News for the following segments about:
- Shopping addiction
- Hospital lotteries
- Recovering from grief
- Suicide and grief
- Grief support after the Humboldt Broncos bus accident, and
- Supporting grieving teenagers
- Grief and the holidays
Ashley has facilitated corporate workshops and trainings for multi-million-dollar corporations, non-profit organizations, the City of Edmonton, the Government of Canada, and small businesses. To learn more click here.
To book Ashley for a speaking engagement, workshop, training, or media opportunity contact us here.