Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr, NCPsyA, SCP, CGP

Psychoanalyst, CEO, and Consultant in New Jersey

I am a CEO, Consultant, Coach, Certified Group Psychotherapist, Pastor, President, Psychoanalyst, Professor, Published, Board Member, & Justice Advocate. Expert Witness on Racial Trauma, Black Fatigue, and DEIBJ.

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Bio: Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. is the President & CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Upper Montclair, New Jersey. Under this umbrella, Ashley conducts psychoanalysis, group therapy, webinars, consultation, and coaching. Dr. Ashley is a trustee and faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for the Training in Psychoanalysis and a trustee of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. Willard Ashley is currently: a Vocational Coach with the Center for Career Development & Ministry; President/CEO of Unity with Diversity, a charitable think tank on diversity, race, and racial inequalities; and founding partner of Mission Unbounded, a consulting company that matches assets with the mission. Ashley instructs doctoral students about racial trauma at the Rutgers University School of Social Work. Ashley is the former president of the Central New Jersey American Association of Marriage & Family Therapists.

Reverend Ashley is a pastor for 40 years and presently leads the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, NJ. He is a leader in Jersey City Together, formerly ICO. He is Vice-Chair, Bergen County Human Relations Commission, New Jersey State Certified, and Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst. His 4th book is New Rules for Radicals: TNT for Faith-based Leaders, published by Judson Press. Ashley teaches graduate courses and workshops.

Ashley was the second African American to be granted tenure and the first African American Dean of the Seminary New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). Ashley hosted a weekly Black Entertainment Television (BET) weekly program and radio in New York City. Ashley was a psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City. Following the events of 9/11, Ashley designed and implemented the "Care for the Caregivers Interfaith Project, A Ministry of the Council of Churches of the City of New York. Memberships include the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis, the American Association of Marriage Family Therapists; Eastern Group Psychotherapy Society; & the American Group Psychotherapy Association; Ashley is in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World.

  • Work
    • Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr. LLC
  • Education
    • Montclair State University
    • Fashion Institute of Technology
    • Andover Newton Theological School
    • Blanton Peale Graduate Institute
Dr. Ashley did ground-breaking work helping clergy recognize and address their own emotional trauma and distress as first responders after 9/11.His interfaith program ' Care for the Caregivers' has become a model, and Will an expert, in how to shape religious communities' role in disaster relief around the world.
Carol Kellerman, September 11th Fund, NY Community Trust
I have abundant confidence in the work of Willard Ashley. We talk often about his work in Marriage and Family Therapy, and sometimes also about his executive coaching so I feel well versed in his capacities. I'd readily make referrals to Willard for people needing his guidance in either field.
Anne F. Ziff, Assistant Clinical Professor, Psychiatry • Icahn School
Reverend Dr. Willard Ashley is a gifted mental health professional, faith leader, educator, author, and disaster mental health expert. His humility combined with his unique blend of areas of expertise make him an ideal provider of counseling, coaching, and psychotherapy services to people of all walks of life including, but not limited to people who are coping with trauma, seeking mental health care and spiritual nurturing, hoping to improve their relationships, and their leadership skills.
Annelle Primm, MD (convener), All Healers Mental Health Alliance (AHMHA)