Dr. Michelle Álvarez ~ “The Asheville Therapist”

 

How many psychologists does it take to change a lightbulb?

One, but the lightbulb has to want to change.

Groan. But now that I’ve got your attention, here’s my real question… Why did you come to Asheville? I’m assuming you’re not originally from here. Native Ashevillians are like unicorns –I’ve only met a handful since I moved here! Why did you move here? What were you looking for? Most people I meet have a similar story –they were passing through when something about this city called to them. They felt drawn to this place. I’ve heard our town described as “special” and even “magical.” Several people have referred to “the vortex.” If you’re here, you likely have a unique perspective on life, you possess values and beliefs that drive you to be a better –and happier– person. You prioritize healthy living, self-improvement, 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. And you are not having the Asheville experience you’d envisioned! We can still make that happen. We can course-correct.

    

If you live in Asheville, you’re probably into yoga, so I don’t need to tell you about the immense beneficial effects yoga and meditation can have on your mental, spiritual, and physical wellbeing. If you’re here reading this, you’re also aware of what psychotherapy can do to improve your mental and emotional health, and your life in general. Imagine the effects of combining these two practices! I did. Having a firm belief in the power of both therapy and yoga, I have come up with TALKyoga©, a unique integration of traditional talk therapy with yoga and mindfulness practices. I tailor this technique specifically for you and your individual circumstances and goals. I feel extremely confident in what TALKyoga© has to offer, and in its potential to help you attain santosha — a higher level of satisfaction and contentment with your life.

 

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

*Well, maybe. Because reincarnation.

 

 

Call me now for a free 10-minute consultation:

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

Or let me know when would be

a good time for me to call you…

Let’s chat!

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 15 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 –and thrilled!– 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©.

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, in the form of a short, fun quiz, 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 the secret to your happiness? The Mandala of Happiness will tell you.

 

 

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