About Me

Jaime Ascencio, PhD, LP, HTR


I completed my doctorate in Counseling Psychology in 2020 and am a Licensed Psychologist and Registered Horticultural Therapist.

I've immersed myself in the nature-based therapy world in many ways: I have conducted and published research, given presentations at conferences and community organizations, run therapy groups for a variety of client demographics and presenting concerns, and guest lectured about ecopsychology in university courses and therapy supervision groups. 

I also have training and supervised experience in:

Outside of work, I am a wife, mother to an energetic toddler, and owner of two pet birds. I love to garden, be outside, play soccer, read, spend time with loved ones, and play board games. 

Education / Licensure


Ascencio, J. M., Wojtaszek, M., and Davalos, D. B. (2019).  Horticultural Therapy Support Group for Older Adult Caregivers:  Examining intervention effectiveness using psychometrically validated measures.  Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 29(2), 14-26.

Ascencio, J. M. (2019).  Horticultural therapy as an intervention for schizophrenia:  A review.  Alternative and Complementary Therapies Journal, 25(4), 194-200

Ascencio, J. M. (2018).  Offenders, work, and rehabilitation:  Horticultural therapy as a Social Cognitive Career Theory intervention for offenders.  Journal of Therapeutic Horticulture, 28(1), 21-26.