Mental Health Coaching with Ashley Nestler, MSW

Are you looking to improve your mental health with a dedicated support person? Are you looking for support with helping a loved one in your life with mental illness? Do you need support with LGBTQIA+/gender concerns? Mental health coaching may be right for you!

I offer a mental health coaching program that utilizes various techniques to help you address your mental health concerns, or how to support a loved one with mental illness. Together, we will create a safe place for you to explore your concerns and gain strength and coping skills to carry on into your day-to-day life.

My mental health coaching program consists of hour-long sessions as frequently as you choose. I choose to work from a holistic approach, and our sessions will address your physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional health needs. Together we will build a plan addressing the issues you would like to focus on, as well as the techniques that are best suited for your concerns. In between sessions, I am also readily available to provide email support should you have questions, concerns, or need additional insight.

My Qualifications

I have my master’s of social work (MSW) with an emphasis in mental health, as well as the following certifications:

  • Certified Mental Health Coach
  • Certified Therapeutic Art Coach
  • Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) Certification
  • Certified Crystal Therapist
  • Certified Bibliotherapist

Topics That I Specialize in:

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Schizoaffective Disorder
  • PTSD/Trauma
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Eating Disorders
  • LGBTQIA+ Support & Concerns
  • Gender Exploration
  • Supporting a Loved One with Mental Illness


My coaching sessions are $120/hour. However, I do offer sliding scale fees, and will work with you to best accommodate your individual financial situation. I also offer discounts if multiple sessions are paid for upfront.

*All sessions are done virtually over secure video *

Openings are available!

To inquire about mental health coaching, please fill out the interest form below:

What is the difference between mental health coaching and therapy?

While mental health coaching and therapy are similar, there are a few key differences.

As a mental health coach, I cannot diagnose mental illnesses. However, my personal and professional experience makes me unique from other coaches. Due to my education and experience as a mental health specialist, I have the skills and certifications to provide support for various mental health concerns. I also cannot clinically treat mental illnesses or suicidality, but I can provide support and teach coping skills on how to better manage your mental health.

I chose to become a mental health coach rather than a therapist because I prefer to maintain a holistic view of my clients’ needs. Whereas therapy tends to focus solely on treating mental health concerns, coaching focuses on a holistic view of your health and wellbeing. This includes incorporating skills that address your physical, spiritual, and mental needs. In our coaching sessions we will look at you as a whole person and address your needs in every area of your life.

Another difference is, where therapy often includes addressing the past, mental health coaching is focused more on the present and the future. If you have PTSD or a history of trauma, we may address it, but we will not dive deep into it. We may look at how your trauma has impacted your present, and work on coping skills that will help you to navigate day to day life while struggling with the aftereffects of trauma.

While some coaches maintain a structured view of their sessions with clients, I prefer to match my sessions to your needs. If you prefer a more open-ended session where you lead the session and just discuss whatever you need to that day, I will meet you where you are at. If you prefer that I lead the session with a pre-planned agenda, I am happy to do so. The most important thing is that you are comfortable and that you feel that you are getting what you need out of coaching.

If your mental health concerns require a more clinical approach, I will help to refer you to other professionals who can provide you with the help that you need. What matters most to me is that your needs are being met, and I am here to guide you however I can.