Ashlea Johnson’s clinical assessment skills and knowledge of developmental stages for children and adolescents inform her parent coordination (PC) and social investigation (SI)/parenting plan (PPE) services. Being able to recognize the difference between a poor adjustment reaction and a deeper psychological issue in any family member assessed, and responding appropriately, promotes social/emotional growth for the children involved in high conflict divorce cases. In addition, Ashlea builds rapport quickly with clients, which leads to rapid resolution and promotes consensus when mediating disputes.
Ashlea has completed the parent coordination training recommended in Florida Statute 61.125, which includes being licensed as a mental health professional under chapter 490 or 491, three years post licensure practice, completion of a family mediation training program certified by the Florida Supreme Court, and the completion of at least twenty-four hours of parent coordination training in parent coordination concepts and ethics, family systems theory and application, family dynamics in separation and divorce, child and adolescent development, the parent coordination process and techniques, domestic violence and child abuse, and Florida family law and procedure. Ashlea’s training was completed under the leadership of Dr. Debra Carter of the Carter Psychology, a pioneer in Alternative Dispute Resolution practice. In completing all of the above training Ashlea is well qualified to complete parenting plan evaluations/social investigations. She is also certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Law Mediator.
Ashlea Johnson is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, an affiliate member of Orange County Bar Association, a member of the National Bar Association, and a member of the National Association of Social Workers. She is a contracted parent coordinator with the Circuit 9 Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.
Since 2009 Ashlea Johnson has built her private practice, Summit Mental Health Services (SMHS), into one of the premiere mental health therapy practices in Central Florida. Ashlea has personally overseen the hiring of highly skilled, licensed, master’s level psychotherapists as the practice expanded. Based on the diverse clinical skill of the staff, SMHS now offers mental health therapy for a host of clinical issues ranging from depression and anxiety to trauma and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Summit differentiates itself from other area practices by never hiring unlicensed clinicians, so that patients and families can be confident of the care that they receive.
In her mental health private practice at SMHS, Ashlea specializes in working with individuals on the Autism Spectrum and those with other neurological differences such as Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Her ability to engage the entire family system in the therapeutic practice at SMHS is the same ability that allows her to permeate the boundaries of long held adversarial positions in high conflict divorces, to enable the parents involved to begin to focus on the best possible outcome for their children. Ashlea specializes in alternative dispute resolution in cases where the children involved have learning exceptionalities, Autism, or other neurological challenges.