Sarah Simpson

MA, LPCA

I have endless respect for the human urge toward self-actualization and freedom. It's an honor to help people discover their own wisdom.

Associate Professional Counselor in Asheville, NC

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Services
  • Individual
  • Adolescent/Teen
  • Group

About My Clients

I enjoy working with people who are interested in exploring how their past experiences affect their present outlook, who are open to working with difficult feelings as they arise in-session, and who want to deepen their awareness of the different subpersonalities that usurp the Self in a given moment. I also love introducing people to journal therapy as a way to expedite our progress together. Creative self-expression is a wonderful tool for healing, not to mention every human's birth right!

My Background and Approach

I earned my master's degree in clinical mental health counseling from Goddard College and my bachelor's degree in English/Creative Writing from Appalachian State University. While in graduate school, I completed a year-long internship at an outpatient eating disorders treatment center, where I worked with women and girls struggling with anorexia, bulimia, bingeing, exercise addiction, and other food- and body image-related issues. I also completed a year-long post-graduate externship at The Asheville Center for Contemplative Psychotherapy, where I studied Buddhist philosophy and received training in modern psychoanalysis, treating a diverse group of men, women, and teens. Along with mindfulness techniques, I enjoy using journal therapy with clients who like to write. But mostly I find that working with emotions in the here-and-now of the therapy session is the best way to bring unconscious processes into consciousness, where they're easier to control and less likely to cause suffering.

My Personal Beliefs and Interests

You don't need to be fixed. You just need to be found. I believe that every human being possesses the strength, wisdom, and compassion required to meet any challenge with grace. Sometimes those resources just get buried beneath the harmful but very compelling messages we've received from family, peers, and society at large. Finding the gold beneath the garbage is what good talk therapy is all about. When we can see our thoughts for what they are -- rather than what they SAY they are -- we can respond to them in new, healthy ways. I agree with Carl Rogers, who said, "The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I change." And I agree with J. Krishnamurti, who believed that any effort to be "better" than what we are right now will inherently put us in conflict with ourselves. Such conflict impedes growth. We must meet ourselves where we are, every day, and be kind, be kind, be kind.

I have experience with the following
  • Agnosticism
  • Atheism
  • Buddhism
  • Christianity
  • Hinduism
  • Islam
  • Judaism
  • Wicca/Paganism

At A Glance

  • Experience: 3 years of practice
  • Languages: English
  • Rate: $50 - 85/session

Info

919-805-4096 Email Sarah
390 Merrimon Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801

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