Counseling & Psychotherapy for Dealing with the Human Condition
As human beings, there are certain experiences that we all must contend with. There is simply no escaping the fact that we will all experience relationships with other humans, some of which may feel nurturing and supportive, and others that may not. We will all have emotions, thoughts, feelings and body sensations that will lend themselves to both pleasurable and painful encounters. We will all have dreams and desires about the elements that we’d like our lives to consist of and people or situations that we have an aversion toward, or things that we fear. This is the human condition.
As an Asheville therapist for over ten years, I provide counseling for individuals as they navigate their way through this complex experience of being human. By taking advantage of our personal and professional relationship that develops in therapy, I feel that you will be better able to make the changes that you want to make in your life.
Come on in, let’s sort it out together
The therapeutic relationship has the capacity to heal old wounds and create new ways of being in the world. My clinical style is warm, engaging, intuitive, and depth-oriented. I want us to get to the roots of whatever is holding you back, keeping you stuck, or blocking your path toward progress. I can share a different perspective, teach you a new skill, or provide psycho-education. We can navigate the tricky terrain together.
Relationships are hard
I specialize in assisting individuals with relationship struggles. Connection to others is vital to our understanding of the world around us and is a key factor in how we make meaning out of our experiences. When the challenges of staying open and vulnerable in a relationship seem to outweigh the benefit of feeling connected, exploring what is arising for you with a trained professional can help to clarify what is happening, and what you may be needing.
Healing the core issues
Trauma is a part of every life. When traumatic experiences happen, they have the power to alter our self-concept or our understanding of how the world works. These new core beliefs can stay with us for a lifetime unless we take the time and energy to process our those experiences and their impacts. Together, we can look closely at the circumstances in your life that shaped you and do the healing work to repair and integrate the traumas, leading you back to wholeness.
Be Heard, Get Seen
Express yourself, share your perspective and explore your experiences with a trained, licensed professional who can offer an empathic presence and objective feedback.
Determine what the most important elements are in your life that serve you and discover ways to create boundaries and prioritize your own resources of time and energy.
Make Shift Happen
Honor the challenges that life is presenting you with, discern what you may need in order to move forward into your future or what may require letting go or transformation.
Cultivate Self Compassion
Rediscover your own experience with a curious mind and an open heart. Deepen your understanding of your own patterns and uncover your natural gifts and strengths.
Discover New Ways of Being
Mindfulness meditation increases awareness and lowers anxiety, giving us freedom to respond to life’s stressors in novel ways, creating new possibilities and outcomes.
Clarify your intentions, align your values with your actions, make your heart’s desire known, find your voice and develop your sense of Self.
Asheville Therapist Rachael Chatham
I’m here to support you on your journey to self-discovery.
I believe that we’ve all got different aspects of ourselves including mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual components. We also have vulnerable child-like parts, emotional parts, and protective parts that are all seeking to be seen and heard within our personalities.
Our work together includes exploring all of these different parts of you.
When these parts are understood, regulated, and honored for their unique gifts and aims, we experience that union as inner peace, feeling centered, or as a general sense of well-being.
This balanced and integrated place within is where I aspire to guide you in our work together.
Whole Self Therapy® PLLC