Ashley Braund – NOCO’s 30 Under 30

Ashley Braund

Clinical Mental Health Counselor, Foundations Counseling

Tell us about yourself, your history and how you came to be where you are now. 
I am from Wisconsin and moved to Fort Collins for graduate school. I studied at University of Northern Colorado, where I received my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. I work at Foundations Counseling where I work with all ages, but I have a specialty working with children and teenagers. I love my job for the sole purpose of watching my clients grow and thrive. 

What are you passionate about professionally and personally, and why? 
I’m passionate about education and adventures. I love learning new things. whether it’s a clinical training or American Sign Language. I love to adventure in my free time by hiking/biking, conquering 14ers, and exploring breweries and restaurants around Northern Colorado. 

What is your superpower? 
Empathy. No matter where I go, I find myself providing a listening ear to others as they explain life experiences or adventures. It’s a cool way to get to know others and share life experiences.  

What do you consider your biggest accomplishment, either professionally or personally? 
My biggest accomplishment personally is moving to Colorado to chase my dreams and conquering two 14ers (Mount Sherman and Mount Bierstadt). Another accomplishment later this year will be getting married to my fiancé, Alex. My biggest accomplishment professionally is helping my clients achieve their goals and hearing about all their accomplishments.  

Who has been the biggest influence in your life? 
My parents are my biggest influencers. They are the ones who showed me what hard work, motivation and effort can get you. This was extremely important in my life, especially when I encountered my failures. 

Where do you see yourself in five years? In 10 years? 
In five years, I want to be the Clinical Director of my current workplace. I’d love to supervise other counselors, help break the mental health stigma, and continue seeing clients. In 10 years, I’d love to take on an educator role by providing training throughout the area. 

What piece(s) of advice would you give to your 18-year-old self? 
Appreciate the relationships you make. I am so grateful for every person I have encountered in life, as they have provided me with different life lessons and opportunities to grow as an individual. 

What do you enjoy doing in your downtime? 
Exercise or reality TV. On the weekends I love hanging out with friends.   

What would you like to give back to your community?
I’d love to give educational resources on how our community can regulate their emotions and stress better. It’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves.