Martin Koford, CMHC
Ecko Ashmore, AMFT
It is difficult being in a long term committed relationship. The LGBT community will face all of the issues couples in counseling face. Social issues, friendships, the need for self-care and support systems are all issues that bring people to couples and individual counseling. The LGBT community will also need to manage social prejudice, coming out anxiety, and at times maybe even feel like a burden to close family and friends. Making it through all of the ups and downs will require a strong social support system. A Southern Utah Counseling Experience and Ecko Ashmore will provide solid LGBT affirmative counseling and support.
Ecko Ashmore offers LGBT affirmative Couples and Individual Counseling. Ecko uses a unique craft of therapy, paying attention to unique strengths of the gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender or questioning. Ecko will create a specific focus on what you are experiencing and help you work toward your vision of the life you are trying to create.
I believe the counseling process is a collaborative journey. The journey begins without judgement in a safe and helping environment.
Each of you has a life story and within that story are opportunities for growth, happiness, and fulfillment. Many of you are feeling emotional pain, frustrations, anger, fear, and hopelessness. You are not “broken” just likely realizing that the problem solving tools that may have worked in the past may be dull or worn. Many times we are not sure what to do, or where to look for help. Likely, many have tried friends, family, partners, etc., and many times they have great advice relative to their worldview. Although this type of support is invaluable, there are times when a professional counselor is needed.
I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and have the training and life experiences that enable me to help tailor a personal counseling experience for you. I provide treatment for individuals, couples, families, and groups. I have a Master of Science degree in Mental Health Counseling combined with years of experience. I work with anxiety, depression, addiction, marriage and family, and stress management issues. Additional training and certification include: Prime for Life Instructor and Prime Solutions for substance abuse and addiction treatment; completed Level 1 Training in Gottman Method Couples Therapy; domestic violence offender and survivor treatment. My undergraduate work focuses on business administration. I have many years of experience dealing with business system solutions. Managing a business can be frustrating and overwhelming at times and having additional support can offer objectivity and guidance toward solutions.
I enjoy the outdoors and participate in bicycle riding, dirt bike riding, and hiking in the beautiful desert we live in. Happiness is an action and to realize it one must participate in life, overcome obstacles, and take time to enjoy the small successes of each day. Most of us have struggles, that is a given, it is how we deal with our challenges that determine the outcome. Improving our weaknesses while building our strengths can help us realize our full potential and increase peace, joy, and happiness within our lives.
Please schedule an appointment and let’s begin the journey toward empowerment and living your life to its fullest potential.
MEET OUR THERAPISTS
Relationships have requirements! These requirements are laws that must be kept for the relationship to thrive. Service is a law of relationship. When we are strong and sturdy we must seek others to lift. We have skills and talents that we are stewards over. There are people in our midst that need our skills to survive. We are valuable in their lives. We have meaning. We are necessary as teachers and examples. We participate in their eventual success. We also need these same folks in our lives. They have skills and talents that we don’t poses. We need to seek for what they have not so much for what they take or diminish. In these relationships it is often times easy to get off task and see what damage people do rather than seek for what we receive and for what we can give.
Matt Eschler, Ph. D LMFT
Matt lives in St. George, Utah where he and his wife Chris are enjoying their life with each other. Since their kids have grown and moved out perusing their dreams Matt and Chris travel the world. They want to visit 200 countries before the are done. Matt and Chris are active in their community and enjoy working out, training for marathons, and spending time participating in numerous activities with their adult children. Matt has received his PhD in Psychology. He is focused on the arena of resolving personal conflicts and improving interpersonal relationships. In addition to his Doctorate Degree Matt has earned a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy, studied Criminal Justice and received a category I licensure with Peace Officer Standard of Training along with a degree in the Arts of Business Management. Matt is a professor at Dixie State University and hopes to be part of the positive growth of Southern Utah.