“The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.” ~ Plutarch

As a former school teacher and university instructor, I have always had a passion for helping others. As a therapist, helping takes many forms, but constant in all of them is a refined ability to truly listen and be present with others, including in times of distress and pain – especially during these times. I’ve found that having a regular meditation practice, ongoing professional training and supervision, and a strong grounding in personal and professional ethics greatly helps in this regard.

about tom adams asheville therapist

In addition to a Master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lenoir-Rhyne University, I hold a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC) license, and I am a nationally certified counselor (NCC).I have additional training in modern psychoanalysis, child-centered play therapy and sand play, grief counseling, motivational interviewing, and contemplative psychotherapy. Equally important, I am a lifelong learner who is dedicated to helping others make lasting changes in their lives and become the architects of their own success.

On a more personal note, I am an avid outdoors person, and I have hiked and paddled all over Western North Carolina with my trusted four-legged companions. I not only appreciate the beauty and inspiration provided by nature, but I am also greatly attuned to the emotional and psychological healing qualities these experiences can offer us. As such, I offer “walk and talk” sessions in both urban and natural settings as part of an overall therapeutic approach.