Sharon Jeffries

“With the new day comes new strength and new thoughts.”

— Eleanor Roosevelt

Sharon Jeffries MA, LPCC

Sharon Jeffries, MA, LPCC, is a skilled and compassionate licensed clinical counselor with extensive experience in the field. With a focus on helping individuals, couples, families, and teenagers navigate various life challenges.

Currently serving as the Executive Director at ACE Wellness Center in Ashland, Sharon leads a dedicated team in providing comprehensive mental health services to the community. Additionally, she shares her expertise as an Adjunct Professor at Ashland Theological Seminary, where she contributes to the clinical counseling program, shaping the next generation of counselors.

Sharon’s impressive background includes a 20-year tenure in K-12 schools, where she served as a mental health specialist and school liaison. Her experience in this setting has honed her ability to address the unique emotional and psychological needs of young individuals.

Furthermore, Sharon’s knowledge extends to the realm of psychiatric care, having worked on both adolescent and adult psychiatric units. This experience has provided her with valuable insights and a deep understanding of the complexities surrounding mental health issues in diverse populations.

With Sharon, you can expect a caring and professional approach, supported by years of practical experience and a commitment to improving the lives of those she serves. Sharon’s belief is that you are never alone and together you can work toward a solution, one brave step at a time.

Tammy White

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”

— Mary Oliver

Tammy White MA, LPCC-S

Tammy M. White, received her Associates of Science in Human Services from North Central State College in 2003 and a Master’s Degree in Clinical Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary in 2011.

Her areas of focus include diagnosis and treatment of common mental health disorders as well as Crisis and Trauma-focused counseling and Grief and Loss for all age groups. Tammy has experience in Community Mental Health, Private Practice, School-Based Services, Emergency/Crisis Services, and Group Therapy.

Tammy is a certified EMDR therapist and counseling supervisor with an eclectic approach to healing therapies. Her question is not “What’s wrong with you?” but rather “What happened to you?” and she is committed to walking with you through your healing journey using a biopsychosocial-spiritual lens.

Brooke Simonson

“Nothing ever goes away, until it has taught us what we need to know.”

— Chodron

Brooke Simonson MSW, LISW-S

Brooke Simonson is an MSW, LISW-S and currently serves as the Program Director of ACE Wellness Center-Ashland.

She received a bachelor’s degree in psychology/sociology from Ashland University and a master’s degree in social work in 2016 from The Ohio State University.

She has worked in various facets of the mental health field throughout her profession. Some highlights of her career in social work include community mental health, private practice, HIV testing and counseling/pregnancy prevention, outreach ministries, sexual assault, domestic violence, human trafficking, and working with trauma survivors.

Witnessing the profound impact of trauma on individuals’ lives, Brooke pursued specialized training in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Additionally, she has focused training on Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT).

With a compassionate and client-centered approach, Brooke is committed to supporting individuals on their healing journey, particularly those affected by trauma. She strives to empower clients, restore hope and cultivate resilience.

Matt Howe

“I have my fears, but they do not have me.”

— Peter Gabriel

Matt Howe CT

Matt Howe is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Ashland Theological Seminary. 

Recognizing that mental health concerns are influenced by a combination of biological, psychological, and social factors, Matt utilizes a holistic approach to individuals grappling with various challenges, including but not limited to anxiety, depression, and trauma.

Matt’s interests extend across various populations, including adult individuals, groups,
teenagers, and children. Drawing from his training and education, he incorporates evidence-based methods like Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy (REBT), Narrative Therapy, and Strengths-Based Therapy. These therapeutic methods allow Matt to address each client’s unique needs and strengths while fostering a collaborative and empowering therapeutic relationship.

During therapy sessions with Matt, clients can expect a compassionate and nonjudgmental atmosphere where their concerns are heard and validated. Matt is passionate about empowering clients to make lasting positive changes and enhance their overall well-being.

Office Staff

Michelle Cayse

Michelle Cayse

Office Coordinator

Beth Howe

Beth Howe

Administrative Assistant


Referrals to ACE Wellness Center Ashland can be made by healthcare providers, mental health agencies, or the client.

To make a referral or obtain more information on ACE Wellness Center Ashland and how we can be a part of your healing journey, call 419-903-0202 or fax 419-903-0133.

Cost of Program(s)

The cost of programs are covered by most insurance plans, including Medicaid and Medicare. Our team will access this upon intake, prior to services starting.

Crisis & Emergency Numbers

Appleseed Community Mental Health Center

419-289-6111 (24 hour crisis hotline)

National Hopeline Suicide Prevention

Call or text 988

University Hospital (Ashland Location)