Ashley Avila

Associate Clinical Social Worker

License or Registration #



Elle Hennessee, LMFT #126090

Degrees/Schools Attended

  • BA, Sociology – San Diego State University
  • MS, Social Work – California State University, San Marcos


Languages Spoken

  • English

Age Range

  • Young Adult [21-35]
  • Adulthood [35-50]
  • Midlife [50-80]


  • Female
  • Male
  • Transgender
  • Cisgender
  • Non-Binary
  • Other
  • Any


  • Virtual (telehealth)

Population Focus

My goal is to support you in seeking the best version of yourself.

I believe you are the expert on your own experience. It is my hope that together we can co-create the safety within our session to take off the mask and face the struggles you are dealing with together. I utilize evidence based practices such as CBT, DBT, SFBT, MI and ACT to teach you the skills you need to best navigate through difficult life circumstances.

I have worked in a variety of professional settings, including at the US Department of Veterans Affairs treating combat veterans experiencing co-occurring mental health disorders and substance abuse in the virtual space. I also have clinical experience in facilitating group therapy with transient populations experiencing homelessness at the San Diego Rescue Mission, as well as experience working with the County of San Diego in Child Welfare Services Adoption Departments, helping to provide safety and permanency for children.

I am currently a Registered Associate Clinical Social Worker, and received my Masters Degree in Social Work from California State University San Marcos.

I believe in adjusting my therapeutic style to what you find most helpful based on your unique personality. Our diverse backgrounds, cultures, spiritual or religious beliefs, and places in our families and communities help to shape us, for better or worse. Together, we’ll pull from these experiences to identify your personal strengths and use those strengths to identify and contend with the areas of opportunity where you desire growth. I seek to truly understand your individual needs and will work with you to set achievable goals to create the lasting changes you want. I am profoundly humbled by my clients and deeply honored to walk alongside you on your therapeutic journey.

I was lucky enough to be born in San Diego and have spent the last 20 years in this beautiful city’s sunshine and salt air. In my free time I love hiking with my lab, Macy, binging on cooking shows, and reading books that give me a peek into the life and perspectives of others.

Issues Treated

  • Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Affairs/Infidelity
  • Alcohol Abuse/Addiction
  • Anger Management
  • Anxiety
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Body Image
  • Career Change
  • Caregiver Issues
  • Class/Socio-Economic Issues
  • Codependency
  • Communication/Conflict
  • Coping Skills
  • Couple/Marital Issues
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Abuse/Addiction
  • Dual Diagnosis
  • Family Conflict
  • Financial/Money Issues
  • Friendship Problems
  • Gambling Problems
  • Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual (GLB) Life/Relationship Issues
  • Gender Identity (Adults)
  • Gender Roles
  • Grief & Loss
  • Immigration Issues
  • Insomnia
  • Intergenerational Issues
  • Internet Addiction
  • Life Transitions
  • Marital Issues
  • Men’s Issues
  • Panic Attacks
  • Parent/Adult Child
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Phobias/Fears
  • Pre-Marital
  • PTSD
  • Racial Identity
  • Remarriage/Stepfamily
  • Religious Issues
  • School Issues
  • Seasonal Affective Disorder
  • Self Esteem
  • Sibling Issues
  • Sleep Issues/Insomnia
  • Social Problems
  • Spirituality
  • Sports Performance
  • Stress Management
  • Substance Abuse/Addiction
  • Suicidal Thoughts
  • Trauma
  • Women’s Issues
  • Work Issues

Therapeutic Orientation

  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Attachment
  • Brief Strategic Family Therapy
  • Career Counseling
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CBT)
  • Culturally Sensitive/Multicultural Therapy
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)
  • Emotionally Focused Therapy
  • Existential Therapy
  • Family Systems
  • Feminist Therapy
  • Harm Reduction
  • Mindfulness/Meditation
  • Mindfulness Based Cognitive Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Narrative
  • Positive Psychology
  • Psychoeducation
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Strength-Based
  • Solution-Focused