Briefly, it seemed like the coronavirus pandemic had turned a corner. “People were starting to feel a little bit optimistic this summer,” says Ariel Shumaker, an Asheville therapist in private practice, about COVID-19. “And now, it’s not feeling optimistic.” Fatigue, sadness, anxiety, rage, fear, exhaustion — these are the emotions area behavioral health professionals report […]
Losing a loved one is one of the few truly universal life experiences. Despite its universality, however, grieving can feel totally unpredictable — and totally isolating. Some bereaved people might already have mental health care providers or be able to rely on community resources like a school counseling office. But for many others, finding help […]
Clinical social worker Carol Young Wood has shifted most of her therapy sessions online; however, she still meets with a handful of clients in-person. The impacts of COVID-19 dominate most of the conversations.
Horticulture therapy helps people of all ages learn life skills as well as recover from mental and physical challenges. Hendersonville’s Bullington Gardens are home to the BOOST gardening program, which helps special needs students cultivate skills and develop self-confidence.
From laughter yoga to therapy with a dash of good cheer, a number of Asheville-area helping professionals serve up healing with a side of humor.
The therapeutic power of music has been evident for centuries. But now music therapy is catching on in modern society and the use of music is proving to be particularly helpful in patients with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.
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 […]
When used together, yoga and physical therapy can speed up healing for limited/impaired populations.
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 […]
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)
UNCA instructor Connie Schrader (right) leads student Michele Pierce (left) through a series of tests at the school’s Biofeedback and Stress Lab, which is used to help treat a variety of conditions such as sleep problems, Attention Deficit Disorder and depression.
Facing tough economic times, Mountin’ Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center recently sold its farm and has been reorganizing to carry forward in 2012.
A pair of Asheville psychiatrists are using technology to link people around the globe while promoting the work of groundbreaking Swiss analyst and author Carl Jung. Considered one of fathers of modern psychology, Jung was a trailblazer in exploring human consciousness, including its darker side.