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Hi! I’m Roslyn Ashford, counselor at Crossroads Laurel and Hattiesburg! I’m from Ellisville, Mississippi and have two children. I attended South Jones High School and played trombone in the band. I went to Jackson State University and earned my Bachelor's and Master's degrees. My Master’s of Science is in Community Counseling. Then, I earned my Ph.D. in Instructional Technology and Design from the University of Southern Mississippi. Getting my Ph.D. was something I always wanted to do as a kid! It took a long time and was hard, but I’m thankful that I did not give up!

I am a member of Morning Star Baptist Church, serving as the Inspirational Choir Director and teach the New Members Classes. I have a passion for singing and am able to use that passion to lead the choir. In my community, I am a member of the S.T.A.R.S. of Laurel, which is a community service organization of all women. I would classify myself as a type A person and use my optimism and adventurous nature to seek out ways to help others!

 

Along with wanting to help others, my interest in counseling happened when I was 17. I was shocked and saddened after overhearing a classmate talking about doing drugs with his dad for his birthday. I realized not everyone had a healthy parent-child relationship, and I became fascinated with working to understand and improve the quality of relationships for all families.  I especially enjoy working with couples to strengthen their relationships. Why? Because God created this union for His purpose, which has been weakened by many spiritual and physical attacks. My way of changing the world is to help make that union strong again. My ultimate goal is for all children to benefit from their parent’s foundation so they become healthy adults.

 

My favorite Scripture is John 10:10 “The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.” I went through a point in my life where it was chaos and I didn’t understand why. John 10:10 came to my mind and I knew that what God had planned for me was far better than the life I was living. I let God lead me to abundant living.  This verse inspires my drive to be an effective counselor too. I desire to help others have an abundant life, specifically by strengthening marriages or fighting suicide. One of the ways I feel most prepared for this profession is my ability to listen, analyze others, and look deeply into other people’s worlds. I like to ask thought-provoking questions. And, I enjoy shaping the situations people bring to me into something that will help them live their best life.

Being prepared to serve is important to me. I am a Board Certified Counselor through the NBCC, have completed Level 2 of Gottman Method Couples Therapy, and am in the process of becoming a Provisional Licensed Professional Counselor. My current professional goal is to become a certified Gottman Therapist.

- Roslyn Ashford