I’m still here!

Online therapy (a.k.a. telehealth or telemedicine) is a safe way for us to continue to do our work in the midst of all this, and it’s just as effective as in-person services. 

I welcome POC (People of Color) and other made-marginalized individuals, parents and families of all races, people of all ages who struggle with trauma, anxiety, and depression, those who feel isolated and lost, and anyone else who could use some support figuring out this new strange life –or life in general.

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What’s wrong? If you’re here reading this, you likely have values and beliefs that drive you to be a better –and happier– person. You prioritize healthy living, self-evolution, spiritual fulfillment, kindness, social consciousness, authenticity and striving to create the life you’ve always envisioned and wished for. But that last part hasn’t quite happened yet. In trying to find that happiness, you may have tried a new job, a new home, a gym membership, antidepressants, group yoga classes, retreats and prayer, a second honeymoon, retail therapy, self-medication… Maybe you’ve tried psychotherapy before. And some of those things have helped, but not enough. They were band-aids. Or maybe nothing has worked, and things have even gotten worse. Either way, you feel dissatisfied, unfulfilled, lost, helpless. Despite your best efforts, you are not happy with your life. Let’s see what we can do about it.


This is your one and only life*. Make it a good one.

*Well, maybe. Because reincarnation.




To see whether we might be a good fit,

call me 828-82-PSYCH (828-827-7924)

or write me hello@drmichellealvarez.com

Dr. Michelle Álvarez

“The Asheville Therapist”

I wasn’t born in Asheville, but I got here as soon as I could.

I’m originally from Puerto Rico, and I spent most of my adult life living in New York City. But after visiting Asheville, I too was lured into moving here –and I’ve never looked back. It is a great place to live, among like-minded people, and it’s been a perfect place to build a practice that allows me to integrate all the things that I know can be transformative for a person –psychology, yoga, meditation, art, play… A practice that doesn’t dismiss or disregard the things you value, but rather incorporates and complements everything that you deem important for your physical, spiritual and mental health –your acupuncture, yoga and meditation practices, chakra work, ayurveda, hiking, ritual, and whatever else you’re into.

More of my story…

After more than 16 years of experience working as a psychologist, mostly in hospitals and health centers, but also in a woman’s prison and in the VA, I finally feel free to be able to offer a holistic method for healing that addresses all facets of your wellbeing and provides you with everything that matters to you. An approach that works with your beliefs, your interests and your practices: TALKyoga©.


Almost as good as goat yoga!

TALKyoga works even better when we combine it with The Mandala of Happiness, a.k.a. The Mandala of Santosha©. It’s a clinical tool that I developed that will reveal to you exactly what’s keeping you unhappy, and will show us what we need to do to change that. If we decide to work together, it will even help show us the progress that we’re making in therapy, in a very concrete, visual way.


Want to know exactly why you’re unhappy? Ask The Mandala of Happiness.


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