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

Psychoanalyst, CEO, and Consultant in New Jersey

I am a CEO, Consultant, Coach, Certified Group Psychotherapist, President, Psychoanalyst, Board Member and Racial Justice Advocate - trainer.

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Bio: Willard Walden Christopher Ashley, Sr. is the President & CEO of Dr. Willard Ashley, Sr., LLC, Montclair, New Jersey. Under this umbrella, Ashley conducts webinars, consultation, counseling, and coaching. Dr. Ashley is a trustee and faculty member of the New Jersey Institute for the Training in Psychoanalysis. He is also a trustee of Andover Newton Seminary at Yale Divinity School. Ashley is a vocational coach with the Center for Career Development & Ministry. He is the President/CEO of Unity with Diversity, a charitable think tank on diversity, race, and racial inequalities. He is a founding partner of Mission Unbounded, a consulting company that matches assets with the mission. Rutgers University School of Social Work hired Ashley to teach doctoral students about racialized trauma.

Ashley is the senior pastor of the Abundant Joy Community Church, Jersey City, New Jersey. Reverend Ashley has served as pastor for 38 years at various congregations. He is Vice Chair, Bergen County Human Relations Commission, New Jersey State Certified, and Nationally Certified Psychoanalyst. Judson Press will release in 2021, New Rules for Radicals: TNT for Faith-based Leaders, Ashley's 4th book. Dr. Ashley has taught graduate and certificate courses.Willard is a leader in Jersey City Together formerly ICO.

Ashley was the second African American to be granted tenure and the first African American Dean of the Seminary New Brunswick Theological Seminary (NBTS). NBTS granted him the status, Retired Professor of Pastoral Theology. Ashley hosted a weekly program on Black Entertainment Television (BET) and was a regular on New York City radio. Ashley was a psychotherapist at The Riverside Church, New York City. Following the tragic events of 9/11, Willard 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; & American Group Psychotherapy Association,. Ashley is listed in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in the World. He is a lifelong NY Yankees fan.

  • 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)