Dr. Michelle Alvarez (she/her/hers)


I've known that I wanted to be a psychologist since I was in the third grade. And I still do.

Clinical Psychologist in Asheville, NC

About My Clients

Hey, yogis! Are you looking for a therapy that is just right for you? I've got it! TALKyoga©: A unique fusion of psychotherapy with yoga & mindfulness practices. This holistic treatment approach is custom-tailored to YOU & your unique circumstances. It goes beyond what traditional therapy has to offer by tapping into the parts of your psyche that are not in your conscious awareness, but hiding in different areas of your body, unable to be expressed verbally. Let's find –and heal– what ails you.

My Background and Approach

I've been working as a therapist for more than 15 years: in a maximum security prison, the VA, large private hospitals, small clinics & community health centers, an advocacy center for abused children, nursing homes for the elderly and currently, private practice. I can't begin to tell you how exciting it is that such a big part of my life is my psychology practice, that I get to have a job that is so meaningful and energizing, and that my job is to provide people with something in which I really believe. That I've been able to build a practice that allows me to integrate all the things that I know can be transformative for a person –psychology, yoga, meditation, art, play… A practice that doesn't dismiss or disregard the things you value, but rather complements and allows space for everything that you deem important for your physical, spiritual and mental health –your acupuncture, hiking, energy work, mindful & ethical eating, and of course, your yoga and meditation practices.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

As the bumper sticker says, “I wasn't born in Asheville, but I got here as soon as I could.” And immediately set about doing what people come here to do –reconnect with myself. A few years ago, I felt derailed; my life had gotten off-track. I realized I'd been floating along with the current, rather than living with intention. I felt this curious paradox of having a wonderful life, but not living life the way I wanted to. It’s not that I wanted a better life; I wanted to be a better me. Or rather, I wanted to do a better job of being the real me, not some other person that looked like me. Here in Asheville is where I did all the work. Here is where I gave birth to my baby, TALKyoga©. And soon thereafter, my other baby, The Mandala of Happiness©. Here is where I’ve been able to create the job of my dreams, serving others, leading them through to the other side same way I came, guiding them in curating their life & creating their Asheville existence... Becoming “The Asheville Therapist!”

Insurance Plans Accepted
  • Medicare
I offer online counseling in the following states:

At A Glance

  • Experience: 21 years of practice
  • Languages: English, Español
  • Rate: $65 - 260/session


828-82-PSYCH (828-827-7924) Email Dr. Michelle
Santosha Psychotherapy & TALKyoga©
Currently offering online sessions (Telehealth; video chat)
Asheville, NC 28801

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