From the Director

Dear Friends and Colleagues,
With its sliding scale fee of $5 - $45, The Community Clinic at the Asheville Center offers a rare opportunity for Asheville area residents to receive quality mental health services. We have had an extraordinary first ten months, in which our outstanding therapist interns have provided ongoing therapy services to thirty-five clients in our lovely, conveniently located clinic. In addition to our psychodynamic attachment-based framework, our interns receive rigorous training in self-awareness, mindfulness, and maintaining stability and flexibility in the therapeutic encounter via immersion in meditation training and practice. The Asheville Center Community Clinic and the clients we serve are fortunate to work with such empathic, committed and creative professionals in training.

We welcome your referrals, and please help spread the word so that more low-income residents can benefit from this great new psychotherapy resource!

With gratitude,
Pamela Millis, Director
The Asheville Center for Contemplative Psychotherapy

Meet Our Interns

Saundra Burleson

Wake Forest University, NC
Saundra approaches counseling with a holistic lens, integrating a variety of theoretical frameworks, based on the individual needs of her clients.  She is committed to conveying non-judgmental, unconditional positive regard to her clients through active, reflective listening and empathic understanding. Saundra has experience helping clients address anxiety, depression, disordered eating, addiction and recovery, career development, relationship issues and identity issues. In prior positions, Saundra has worked as a Residential Counselor for at-risk youth as well as on the adult, geriatric, and adolescent units of a psychiatric hospital, with patients dealing with serious mental health issues. This fall, Saundra will facilitate two groups: one for women in transition and one for parents of LGBT youth. 

Mary Edson

Southwestern College, NM
Mary completed a 120-hour certificate program in Trauma, Grief and Renewal, and has experience working with chronic and terminal illness, trauma, intimacy issues, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and with people affected by international and civil conflict. Mary relies on a variety of therapeutic approaches with an emphasis on psychodynamic psychology, to understand and work with patterns, attachment styles, communication dynamics and unconscious layers of thought. She draws on traditional talk therapy, art-based approaches, mindfulness, and somatic awareness to help her clients create meaning out of challenging life events, interrupt negative, automatic thoughts, and develop a sense of empowerment in daily living.  


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