Welcoming WNC Virtual LGBTQ Community Center

We are launching a series of welcoming directories: groups, community services, health care providers, speakers, companies.

Does Your Group or Organization Roll Out the Welcome Mat?

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Community News

LGTBQ+ Open Enrollment Help

Healthcare Open Enrollment runs from Nov. 1-December 15th. Out2Enroll has provided a directory of free healthcare assisters to help ensure your plan covers lgbtq+ gender affirming care.   The article below has been pasted from Enrollment Help – Out2Enroll – Out2Enroll FIND FREE LOCAL HELP Ready to sign up for health insurance coverage? Out2Enroll works with local assisters across the

Give! Local – Donate to Blue Ridge Pride!

Thank you to Mountain Xpress for including us again this year in the Give! Local Campaign, raising money for nonprofits. This year, we have a donor that will match up to $2,000. Please consider donating and helping blue ridge pride!  Blue Ridge Pride will gift a branded “Inclusion Y’all” T-shirt for all donations of $100 or more Blue Ridge Pride

Impact of pets on older adults’ social networks and well-being

You are invited to participate in a research study about the impact of pets on older adults’ social networks and well-being. To be eligible to participate in this study, you must be age 60 or older; live year-round in Ashe, Alleghany, Avery, Mitchell, Watauga, Wilkes or Yancey counties; and live in a home in the community, rather than an assisted

Upcoming Events

Welcoming Communities of Western North Carolina

You might not know it from some headlines, but our state is full of welcoming people and organizations. Look to these pages for …

  • A searchable data base of welcoming organizations in WNC
  • Links to useful resources and programs

Welcoming Communities of Western North Carolina

You might not know it from some headlines, but our state is full of welcome.

Blue Ridge Pride is launching a new series of programs to celebrate and support the growth of welcoming communities.  We plan to launch programs covering communities of faith, health care providers, businesses, schools, and community service organizations.  Each program will include:

  • A searchable data base of welcoming organizations in Western North Carolina
  • Criteria, developed in partnership with each community, that clarify what it means to be welcoming
  • Educational materials and programs for organizations who want to become more welcoming and inclusive

While our Welcoming Communities program began with a focus on the LGBTQ community, we want to emphasize that a warm welcome mat makes no such distinctions.  We intend this program to be inclusive of other groups as well. We stand with our allies. Watch this page for frequent developments in Q3/Q4 2017.

Welcoming Community Directories

We are launching a series of welcoming directories: groups, community services, health care providers, speakers, companies.

WNC is full of welcome. Find out where!

List your services.   Find resources to help you … or your organization.  

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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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