I spent much of my youth and young adult years seeking out nature as a form of escape, and ultimately, healing. I still continue to find new ways to utilize connection to the outdoors and nature, as well as using our bodies to find balance, stability, and a search for something to connect to a deeper sense of ourselves. I use these concepts in sessions, with a focus on our whole selves as the foundation in counseling.
I have a background in working with adults in outpatient settings, College and Universities, short term and long term residential treatment programs, and in community mental health as well as with the Veteran population. I also teach part-time in a Graduate Counseling program as well as supervise new therapists after graduation.
Outside of work, folks can find me hiking, mountain biking, trying to grow things in my garden (sometimes successfully), and being a general handy person around my home. I love exploring the mountains here in Western NC, as well a travelling to other beautiful natural areas. I have found I am at my best when I have had time to be outside and that many outdoor activities are a type of moving meditation.
I received my MS in Community Counseling at Western Carolina University in December of 2008. I am a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor #9214 (2013), a Nationally Certified Counselor #246482 (2009), I have my Master’s in Addiction Counseling (2014), and am a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist #2380 (2014) as well as a Certified Clinical Supervisor #20223 (2018) with the North Carolina Substance Abuse Professional Practice Board.
Marie K Graven, LCMHCS, CCS