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We could not hold Pride this year.  But we can still give of ourselves and connect.  Share your thoughts and feelings in word and picture.

WHAT IS A CUP OF ME?  WHAT’S WITH THE TREE?

Strips of clothing represent our former ways of thinking, habits and traumas which can be transformed into stories of hope and resilience.  These are our cups of me – little distillations of our lives. When we distill our cup, we deepen our understanding and acceptance of ourselves. When we share it,  we inspire and encourage others. 

The tree and its branches represent the many paths that connect and uphold us as a community.

As you approach the tree, you notice the colors and strips of clothing moving in the breeze …  colors and the textures of buttons, seams, zippers, collars and cuffs.  These are all elements of our former ways of thought and living. 

At times, bits of fabric intertwine.  This is where our stories and lives intersect. A tapestry of different experiences ebbs and flows before you. Cups dangle from strips of clothing …just waiting to spill their knowledge and wisdom. Drink it in. 

Distill your own life and pour your own cup.  Become a part of the tale that continues. We must be brave enough to share our stories, and wise enough to savor the “me” of others.

Special Thanks

To our project sponsor, WNC Bridge Foundation Thrift Stores.  WNC Bridge Foundation exists to connect our communities to a healthier future and to create lasting change through local partnerships. They seek to expand access and equity for vulnerable populations.

To Dutch Girl Coin Laundry @ 863 Haywood Rd, Asheville NC 28806

To our team of tailors and tree trimmers: Emily Herold | Molly Robinson | Hazel Brindly | Chris Lee | James Ferrel | Heather Linton | Rich Davis | David Lisenbee | Tom Eversmann | Amanda Levesque | Debra Roberts | JT Whitfield | Helen Byrd | Tina White | Chris Tinkler | Marty Tinkler | Tricia Rother | Yvonne Orthman

And to Tailor- and Tree Trimmer-in-Chief: Tony Bayles 

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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.