Ashley Mielke, Founder & Director
Ashley Mielke, B.A., M.Sc. MFT
Registered Psychologist | Certified Grief Recovery Specialist®
I am incredibly passionate about my work with people who have been affected by loss. It was not my academic or clinical training that inspired me to specialize in Grief Recovery®; it was my own painful losses that propelled me into this work. More specifically, the tragic death of my father and divorce. Through my own healing and recovery, I developed an overwhelming desire to help others move beyond the pain and devastation caused by loss.
As a Registered Psychologist in Edmonton, I have facilitated hundreds of 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, travelling, cooking, going on date nights, and vacationing in Hawaii and Arizona. I also enjoy hosting dinners, staying active through basketball, running, and yoga, and spending quality time with my close friends and family.
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 is also a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She has been trained in IATP Narrative Exposure Therapy; a safe and highly-structured method for treating traumatic stress, that helps individuals address, integrate, and desensitize trauma memories.
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.
Ashley is a proud member and the Acting Director of Learning for Empowering Women Entrepreneurs; a group of powerful and inspirational women in business with a shared desire to network, connect, and succeed in business.
Ashley has a passionate entrepreneurial spirit and a deep desire to learn, grow, and expand in her role as a business leader. She has been inspired by the work and wisdom of Simon Sinek, Adam Grant, Tony Robbins, Brené Brown, Alexia Vernon, and Sheryl Sandberg. Ashley is very excited to be expanding into the corporate world and is currently developing a compassionate leadership program for business leaders.
Ashley has a zest for learning and developing her skill set and knowledge base. She enjoys reading a variety of books, attending professional conferences, consulting with other healthcare professionals, and obtaining formal training.
Ashley is also registered with Alberta Health as a Service Provider. Ashley can make direct referrals to psychiatrists for psychotrophic medication with her Practitioner ID.
Media and Workshops
Ashley co-authored an eBook titled Postpartum Grief with the Grief Recovery Institute in August of 2017.
Ashley has been featured in the following magazine, journal, and blog articles:
- 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 News, and CTV Morning News for the following segments about:
- Shopping Addiction
- Hospital Lotteries
- Recovering from Grief and,
- Suicide and Grief
Ashley has provided professional talks and workshops for non-profit organizations and corporate companies on the following topics:
- Cultivating Compassion in the Workplace
- Grief and Compassion
- Grief and Loss
- Job Loss
- Loss of Health
To book Ashley for a speaking engagement, workshop, training, or media opportunity click here.