HEEDED THE CALL: "Coming to Asheville was a calling for me," says Joy Butler, social worker and director of The Healing Center of Asheville. "I felt I needed to be in the Blue Ridge Mountains healing the folks down here." Photo by Peggy Hustad

Local practition­ers talk about why Asheville may be ‘Therapy Town’

Asheville is known for many things, including adventure and nature, arts and music, food and beer, and rest and recreation. It’s been called “Tree City” and “Beer City”as well as named “best of” on many lists. But what about calling Asheville “City of Counselors”? Or how about “Therapy Town”?  For those of us who are counselors here […]

OPENING THE WAY: “What we've done is given you a chance to re-use a pathway in the brain that was good, and it starts to open other healthy pathways,” says Michelle Payton of hypnosis' power for healing.

Hypnosis for well-being benefits both mind and body

You are getting sleepy … very sleepy. This Hollywood hypnosis cliché — complete with a swaying pocketwatch dangling in front of a paralyzed rube — couldn’t be further from the truth. Asheville-area practitioners say facilitating well-being through hypnosis is a very real way to deal with emotional and even physical pain. Michelle Payton, founder of […]

Making a path for mental health: Local psychotherapist starts national nonprofit-attachment0

Making a path for mental health: Local psychother­apist starts national nonprofit

As a private psychotherapist, Paul Fugelsang understands the struggle between saying “yes” to middle-class clients who can’t afford his services and “no” to people in need. To meet those challenges, Fugelsang recently launched a national nonprofit, the Open Path Psychotherapy Collective. Its mission is to make it easier for people to find the counseling they need at a price they can afford, and to reward and encourage counselors to say “yes” to a group Fugelsang says is “falling through the cracks.”  (Photo of Paul Fugelsang by Max Cooper)