Find Therapists, Counselors and Psychologists in Asheville , North Carolina

Find a therapist in Asheville , North Carolina that meets your needs. Browse our comprehensive list of affordable and licensed therapists in Asheville , to find a professional specializing in counseling people with stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, grief and more.


Corey Pitts

MA, LCMHC, LCAS
4 years experience
Devoted, dedicated, and intrigued to not only embark on a journey in self-discovery, but also, in the utilization of the colors in which you hold. I am a 27 year old, ambitious counselor who graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, NC. I hold a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, as well as a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. My expertise stems in the treatment and management of co-occurring disorders, of which... Read More
Devoted, dedicated, and intrigued to not only embark on a journey in self-discovery, but also, in the utilization of the colors in which you hold. I am a 27 year old, ambitious counselor who graduated from Lenoir Rhyne University in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 4 years

Sherry "Stella" Thomson

MSW, LCSW
15 years experience
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and haveworked in the mental health field since 1995. My main areas of work involved resolving past trauma, improving self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anger management. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, Internal Family Systems and EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). My counseling style is friendly and interactive and I hold a deep personal belief that all people have intrinsic... Read More
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and haveworked in the mental health field since 1995. My main areas of work involved resolving past trauma, improving self-esteem, depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and anger management. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 15 years

Joseph Stertz

MDiv, LCSW
5 years experience
Welcome to the BetterHelp platform. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out for help. I'm so glad you did. Hi, I’m Joseph Stertz. I’m a therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You might also call me a listener and a seeker. Together in therapy, we’ll explore the terrain of your inner life. Inside yourself is where you’ll find your values and goals. I believe that recovery from depression and anxiety... Read More
Welcome to the BetterHelp platform. It takes a lot of courage and strength to reach out for help. I'm so glad you did. Hi, I’m Joseph Stertz. I’m a therapist and a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. You might also call... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Christina Collins

MA, LPC
10 years experience
Hello, and welcome to my page. I have been a practicing counselor for over ten years, and prior to my profession, I had been working intimately with people in human services. I encourage you to take the first step in working with me to overcome blocks in your life as we work together in a warm, supportive, and introspective environment. I utilize a strength-based holistic framework treating the whole person. Using a Rogerian approach, I... Read More
Hello, and welcome to my page. I have been a practicing counselor for over ten years, and prior to my profession, I had been working intimately with people in human services. I encourage you to take the first step in... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Ashley Cutrell

LCSW
5 years experience
Hi – It’s nice to meet you! You have already taken the first step to becoming a better version of yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the helping profession for five years. I have experience working with children, adolescents, adults, and families. I work with people whom have experienced trauma as a child or as an adult, people who are experiencing anxiety, depression, grief, low self-esteem, and relational issues. I am... Read More
Hi – It’s nice to meet you! You have already taken the first step to becoming a better version of yourself. I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has been in the helping profession for five years. I have experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 5 years

Jeff Thompson

MA, LPC
14 years experience
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in North Carolina with over 13 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients coping with a range of issues including PTSD, depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, OCD and ADHD. I have also helped athletes, musicians and actors toward peak performance. My counseling style is friendly, authentic, and... Read More
I am a Licensed Professional Counselor licensed in North Carolina with over 13 years of experience working as a psychotherapist and life coach. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to work with a wide variety of clients coping... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 14 years

Natalie Stainback

LCSW, LCAS
10 years experience
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! My name is Natalie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I have 9 years of experience working with individuals with mental health and substance abuse concerns. I have worked in a variety of settings including inpatient psychiatric hospitals, school settings, outpatient therapy, in-home therapy, and addictions to include individuals using medication... Read More
Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me! My name is Natalie and I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in North Carolina. I have 9 years of experience working... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 10 years

Michael Borenstein

LPC
3 years experience
Growing up I always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology with a minor in Sociology. After graduating I moved to Washington, DC where I attended The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, DC campus for my Masters in Clinical and... Read More
Growing up I always knew I wanted a career where I would be able to help people and have a positive impact in their lives. I grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Rutgers University in New Jersey where I earned... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 3 years

Chris McKillop

LPC, NCC
6 years experience
Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am an LPC in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. I have worked in community-based settings, group homes and transitional housing settings, as well as working as a school counselor for 2 years and a Juvenile Court... Read More
Hi, my name is Chris McKillop and I am an LPC in North Carolina. I have been involved in the area of mental health and developmental disabilities since 1993. I received my Masters in Counseling in 2004 from... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 6 years

Thea Vondracek

MA, LMFT, LPCS
13 years experience
Hello! I have been a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. I have particular interest in facilitating personal change and promoting effective communication. I bring to my counseling practice many years of life experience. I respect personal beliefs in regards to faith, religion, and spirituality. I encourage self-sufficiency and personal strength. I promote purpose, intentionality, and kindness. Counseling can help you understand why you do what you do. It is a... Read More
Hello! I have been a North Carolina Licensed Professional Counselor since 2006. I have particular interest in facilitating personal change and promoting effective communication. I bring to my counseling practice many years of life experience. I respect personal beliefs... Read More
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  • Languages: English
  • Experience: 13 years

An Overview of Mental Health in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville, North Carolina is located in Buncombe County and is the largest city in the western portion of the state. The population of this city is 91,916 with significant growth in the metropolitan area.

The economy in the area is supported by healthcare, entertainment and food service industries and employs nearly 45,000 people. However, available jobs seem to be decreasing in the area and leading to a reduction in the median household income rate, which is $43,848. This is much lower than the median income for the country, which sits at $59,039. While Asheville’s unemployment rate is relatively low at 2.9 percent, especially when compared to the rate of four percent for the entire country, there are still many people living below the poverty line and who have no access to mental health services to treat problems such as anxiety, addiction, depression, bipolar disorder and schizophrenia.

Mental Health Challenges in Asheville

The Citizen Times asserts that one of the greatest challenges to mental health wellness in Asheville is suicide among veterans, which has increased greatly over the last few years. The same report notes that 37 per 100,000 Asheville veterans ended their own lives in 2014 versus the national average of 17 per 100,000 individuals. Other mental health issues in the city may be triggered by other factors that include:

  • Disproportionate ethnic populations, with Caucasians dominating the area at 77 percent;
  • A poverty rate of 16.2 percent, which is three times the rate of the national average;
  • A misunderstanding or misdiagnosis of mental health disorders;
  • A lack of health insurance for treating anxiety, depression and other disorders;
  • Inequality in wage earnings for men vs. women in nearly every industry in the area;
  • Sexual trauma among female veterans.

There is hope for Asheville’s mentally ill, however. For example, the CooperRiis Healing Community, a comprehensive mental health recovery center that covers four acres, is available for patients over the age of 18. This facility is unique in that it offers an approach that blends holistic, medical and work-focused programs that are designed to treat an array of mental health issues. Patients work together to understand that healing does not happen without help and cooperation.

In 2016, the UNC School of Medicine announced budget increases designed to expand health care to rural areas of North Carolina, including Asheville. Improvements cited included repairing a shortage of physicians in the area; however, it is unknown if these improvements include mental health treatment or if they will reduce the challenges facing the city’s residents.

The Challenges of Obtaining a Therapist in Asheville

Asheville’s metropolitan residents typically have better access to mental health services than those that live in city’s rural areas. Public transport may not be available there, and people with disabilities, such as combat veterans, might it find it difficult to get to clinics or other facilities without help.

Another challenge in this area is that many of the area’s male population may not be willing to admit they have a mental illness. According to Psychology Today, 75 percent of suicide victims in America are men and that this is connected with factors such as job loss, sexuality issues, feelings of isolation and trauma connected with unresolved childhood trauma.

While it is unknown how many men in Asheville suffer from these issues specifically, suicide in men in North Carolina is 22.5 per 100,000 people, which is higher than the national average of 21.9. These numbers seem to indicate that men with mental illnesses either do not seek help or are not aware they are suffering until the symptoms become severe enough for them to commit suicide.

Accessing Mental Health Care in Asheville

Asheville has a variety of treatment centers for men and women suffering from addiction issues that spring from mental illness. From Legacy Freedom Treatment Centers to Mountain Health Solutions, which specializes in drug addiction treatment, there are many options. It is important to remember, however, that not all facilities accept the same types of insurance and that some may sliding-scale payments for those with low income.

If you are unsure where to begin when it comes to finding a therapist, E-Counseling can help. This directory offers comprehensive information about local mental health care professionals in your area. You can browse by state, city and find out other information about how to get help, whether you are in crisis or simply want to begin your journey to mental wellness.