Information for our LGBTQ+ 55+ community

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in WNC. Be sure to stay aware of your own risk levels. If you are in need of a rapid at home Covid test, check out this website to find out where you can receive free testing kits. COVID-19 Test Finder Map | NC COVID-19 (ncdhhs.gov). Land of Sky Regional Council (339 New Leicester Highway in Asheville) is one of the places you can stop by Mondays or Tuesdays from 1:00-5:00pm or Fridays 1:00-3:00pm to pick up 10 free Covid at home test per person. Stay safe and healthy this summer so you don’t miss out on any summertime fun!

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You are invited to the Land of Sky Regional Council Summer BBQ on Friday, July 29, at 12 noon, at Mills River Park, in appreciation for your commitment to our region, especially our older adults and caregivers. Please RSVP HERE.

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Brookdale Hendersonville East will host a free presentation from McIntyre Elder Law: Helping you take charge of your future, Estate Planning, Living Wills, Power of Attorney, Trusts, and Advanced Healthcare Directives on July 28 at 2:00pm. Refreshments served. RSVP: 828-692-1911, nancy.medlin@brookdale.com.

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The next WNC Fall Prevention Quarterly Coalition Meeting will be October 14th, 9:00-10:30am (zoom link). You can also go to our website to look at our newsletter, manual, history, goals, and other resources. If you are interested in joining a committee, please reach out to us or the committee chairs. We also have openings for advisory council members. If you know anyone who would be interested in representing Rutherford, Polk, Haywood, Swain, Clay, Macon, Graham, or Cherokee county, please let us know.

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Mental Health Providers

Eric Davis  MS, LCPA, NCC, Counselor

Willow Wellness and Recovery, PC 9 All Souls Crescent  Suite B, Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 490-4137 | Website I am a firm believer in empowerment and self-determination. In the past, I have worked well with folks experiencing a range of issues, such as anxiety, depression, substance-use, sleep disturbances, relationship issues, and issues unique to the LGBT community.

Scott Thomas,  Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPC, LCAS

Silver Lining Therapy 70 Woodfin Place  STE 21, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 705-3084 | Website I believe humor can be a powerful tool for healing and seek to incorporate this into our time together. Unique to my practice is an approach that truly puts you at the center of the counseling experience, and I draw from a wide variety of techniques to help you see and experience real change in your life. To see if therapy might be a good fit, I offer free phone consultations.

James Harrison, PhD Psychologist

12 Westridge Dr , Asheville, North Carolina 28803  Phone: (828) 348-6300 | Website I enjoy helping people achieve physical and emotional intimacy whether they are young or old, straight or gay, in healthy, responsible, and mutually affirming ways. I also enjoy helping people improve their earning and manage their assets. And I like working with older people. I offer free phone consultations.

Judy Maris, Counselor, LPC, LCPC, MA, MS

Maris Psychotherapy 41 Clayton St, Suite 301, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (828) 537-4489 | Website We can explore troublesome patterns that tend to repeat themselves in your life or look at new issues that have just come up. The important thing is for us to work together to get to the bottom of your difficulties and resolve them. I will assist you in becoming more aware of what you are feeling and thinking in the present moment. The untapped wisdom within you is a powerful healing force. Let me help you gain access to your full inner resources. I offer free phone consultations.

Elizabeth Heaney, Counselor, MA, LPC 

166 E Chestnut Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801  Phone: (520) 447-3319 | Website I work with individual adults with concerns like: family history issues, relationship concerns, life satisfaction issues (related to jobs, living situations or relationships), anxiety and depression. I’ve had a particular focus on working with couples, addressing every aspect of relationship challenges – relationship dissatisfaction/boredom, affairs, sexual/intimacy issues, etc. And I was a civilian counselor on military bases for several years, so I have a clear understanding of the unique pressures and challenges facing service members and families. I offer free phone consultations.

Siljoy Maurer

Holistic Perspectives P.O. Box 333, Enka, NC 2872  Phone: (828) 333-0103  | siljoy@me.com or  www.HolisticPerspectives.com For many years now I have been mentoring men and women from all walks of life. It continues to be my greatest joy to accompany someone from “just being ok” into thriving! As a Mentor & Healer I partner with my clients in creating authenticity, wellness and deep contentment, in whatever area of their lives they are seeking change. The combination of giving very practical, livable tools for direct “next steps” while “holding the big picture” and then manifesting that big picture often feels like this: a new client brings me their life or life situation in a jigsaw puzzle box, they lost the lid and forgot what the picture on it looked like. I am good at knowing that picture and then guiding my clients/mentees to put all the puzzle pieces together.  

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