We are bio-psycho-social beings, and an imbalance in one area affects the others. Therapy is a process that can enable you to identify what is making you struggle in your relationships, in your physical body and with your mental health. It can help you find unique ways to make the changes that will empower you to become more resilient and capable of coping with difficult situations, as part of an ongoing learning experience. I believe that each person is a singular and unique human being. With that mindset, I understand my clients own idiosyncratic style, and unique ways of perceiving and managing conflicts.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with a passion for helping individuals understand their unique wiring with compassion and curiosity. The more understanding we have of ourselves, the greater freedom and joy we will have in life. The brain is such a beautiful piece of us and I am continuously amazed at how it protects us when we need it to. Much of the work I do is assisting you in helping your brain and body reduce defenses when we truly are safe. I believe that taking an honest, directive and nurturing approach is the key to successful treatment. The predominate therapeutic modalities I use are EMDR, CBT, IFS and TRE.
Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, MS, LCMHC
Trying to manage daily life is hard work. If you have come here for relief and guidance, then I commend you. I have over 27 years of experience working with children, adolescents and families in need. My specialty is in working with youth of all ages, as well as providing support to parents who wake up every morning and take take on the toughest job in the world, which is raising kids. You are not alone. I am incredibly skilled at connecting with young people of all ages and I know how to build rapport quickly. Together we will find solutions that will help restore peace in your home and sanity in your life.
Growth and healing begin with compassion and understanding, for ourselves and those around us. When we allow ourselves to speak our truths and breathe life into our experiences in a supportive environment, we may begin forward movement. Maybe we take one small step at a time. Maybe all we need to do is pause and breathe.
I am a licensed doctoral level clinical psychologist who provides individual and couple therapy. My approach is individualized based on the specific needs and goals of each client or couple and involves providing warmth and genuineness. My role is to assist you in gaining insight and perspective into the obstacles that are limiting you from living the life that you desire using a supportive and non-judgmental style that will facilitate personal exploration.
Therapy provides an opportunity to better understand one's thoughts, feelings, behaviors & relationships. I provide confidential and supportive individual, couples & group talk therapy in a comfortable setting. I respect each client's unique background and journey and work within a collaborative framework to assist them in achieving relief, empowerment and self-awareness. I believe that difficult feelings can be a gateway to personal growth and greatly enjoy the opportunity to assist others in that passage. I look forward to meeting you.
My approach to counseling is to join you on your path of discovery, healing, and growth, and to honor and help uncover your internal wisdom. I will invite you to listen to your body, to learn its language, and to track your nervous system in order to gain more of a sense of what it is you need to feel safe. I offer education on the functioning of the stress/threat response, so that we can remove shame from the way we see obstacles, and instead learn from our innate drive towards survival and expand our capacity to tolerate feelings, both the lows and the highs.
When you or your adolescent have an eating disorder it impacts almost every moment. Hopelessness, insecurity, frustration, anxiety, and grief become a part of every day. I work with people in various stages of eating disorder recovery- from the newbies to those wanting to maintain their progress. As one of only two clinicians in Asheville trained in best practices for adolescents, I am able to help clients and families using the latest research and make impacts that have lasting change. My adult clients are motivated. They've had enough of their life ruined by this condition and are done with suffering, they just need a path out.
Counseling is a courageous step toward healing and emotional growth, and I am honored to walk alongside those willing to start this therapeutic process. All human beings must sort through various levels of emotional trauma, anxiety, grief, and what I like to call the "letdowns of life." I am committed to providing professional and relationally based counseling that allows clients to grow, heal, and function from a place of restoration.
It can be challenging to carry complicated feelings, thoughts and personal beliefs that come up for us throughout life without feeling weighed down or hindered. As a therapist, I work to meet you wherever you are in your journey, allowing those feelings and experiences to help shape your personal growth. Using individually tailored, person-centered therapy, I work to assist you in gaining insight, deepening your understanding of yourself, discovering and reviving your strengths and passions, and releasing beliefs and practices that no longer serve you.
Being a young adult female in high school, college, or in the beginning of your career can be both an exciting and terrifying time. Whether it be anxiety, self-esteem struggles, issues adjusting to and balancing new schedules/demands, relationships, possible current or past trauma and grief, new living situations, or even an ongoing battle as a young adult with autoimmune disorders and chronic illness; I am here to help you sort it out and find healthy coping patterns that work for you.
I am an experienced and understanding professional with expertise in substance use issues and traumatic events that can can keep us stuck or in unhealthy patterns.
Even though it has been many years in practice, I remain honored and humbled by the trust and vulnerability that occurs in the context of the therapeutic relationship, especially valuing the process of witnessing the growth and development of individuals and families. Please feel free to contact me for questions or for scheduling.
Believing in the inherent worth and dignity of every person, I hope to provide empathy, humor, warmth, and directness in my work with everyone. I have experience working with people from diverse cultures, generations, and backgrounds. Even with this experience, you are the expert on your experience, and I work with you to become the best version of yourself.
Clinical Social Work/Therapist, LCSW, LCAS, MAC, CCS
My clients are adults experiencing challenges with addiction, anxiety, mood disorders, life transitions, trauma, grief and loss. I believe deep listening can be an antidote to the impersonality of our increasingly busy world. My therapy style is collaborative and strengths-based, helping people tap into their inner wisdom and resources. I am generally fascinated by people - their stories, challenges, interests, hopes, loves, struggles, and goals. I particularly enjoy helping people discover and change patterns that are no longer useful, uncover neglected parts of themselves, and grow into the successful people they mean to be.
The experience of anxiety can be debilitating. In my work with patients, I focus specifically on anxiety, OCD and phobias. I want to help free patients from the binds of anxiety and support them in becoming independent in the world again without fear. I enjoy working with teeagers and "emerging adults" and their families as they move through a crucial period of identity development. I especially enjoy working with teens to identify their values while figuring out who they are. I also enjoy working with young children and famlies around behavioral and communication challenges.
Struggling in your relationship is no fun—and it can be really draining. You might find yourself spending a lot of time feeling confused, conflicted, or frustrated. If you and your partner are consistently bumping up against invisible barriers—dealing with tension and misunderstandings regularly—you might be feeling pretty invisible yourself. This can hurt, a lot… And at the end of the day, you’re missing your person and the fun you used to have together. The good news? If you’re willing to show up and get vulnerable, you can begin to repair your connection and strengthen your relationship.
You feel disconnected. Old stories flood back in. You're ensnared in the same push-pull or retreating patterns. Unsure how much to let others in. You're exhausted. You want to feel love. Connected to tears and laughter. Connected to yourself, your loved ones, your community. You want to belong. You're ready to invite, work, reclaim and live your story. You want to give thanks to what has gotten you to this point, honor it, and compost what no longer serves you. You're ready for the next step. You are the hero(ine) of this story.
Do you experience overwhelm most days, and notice you're so consumed with everyone else's struggles, that you have no time to focus on your own? You likely feel exhausted, even though your heart seems to always be racing, with an endless loop of “what's going to happen tomorrow?” playing in your head. If this sounds familiar, the good news is that counseling support can definitely help you feel better! My passion lies in working with people who feel overstressed and under-supported, to help you discover ways to quiet your mind, deepen your important relationships, and rediscover authentic joy and pleasure in your day-to-day moments.
Are you feeling alone, anxious or depressed, worried about money, your career, illness? Relationship stress? My clients tell me I'm warm, easy to talk to, and down to earth. I use a variety of treatment approaches: psychodynamic and relational, combined with CBT, EFT, and EMDR. EMDR can help almost any problem resolve more quickly because it allows the brain to make changes on a deeper level than just talking. We still talk plenty though, before, during and after EMDR. My clients are finding teletherapy to be just as helpful as in person. Please note, my website crashed but will hopefully be back up soon.
If you’ve found your way to this site (and, let’s be real…if you’re a human being), I know life has handed you or your child many stressors and challenges and you/they are likely experiencing strong or even overwhelming emotions - perhaps anxiety, sadness, outbursts or numbing, low self-worth. I believe many of our common difficulties stem from experiences of disconnection - with ourselves, others, and the natural world - and that what most of us are seeking is a path toward belonging, joy, a sense of calm, and meaning. These gifts of life grow when we connect deeply, inward & outward, and immerse ourselves in the world around us.
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Asheville are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Asheville then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Asheville, or Child Psychologists in Asheville.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Asheville psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Asheville specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.