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 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, Colleges and Universities, short term and long term residential treatment programs, in community mental health, as well as with the Veteran population. I also teach part-time in a Graduate Counseling program and 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, LCAS, CCS