All Souls Counseling Center is a nonprofit that provides quality mental health counseling to the uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina.

History


All Souls Counseling Center was founded in 2000 by community therapists who were concerned when a crisis in accessibility of services occurred following the closing of two mental health facilities that served Western North Carolina’s uninsured and underinsured.

These closings limited the population being served to those with severe, persistent, and chronic mental illnesses, or to those who qualified for Medicaid. The vast majority of the uninsured or underinsured — those with problems that can be successfully treated without intensive case management or inpatient hospitalization like depression, anxiety, PTSD, etc. — were left with nowhere to turn.

In response, these therapists began providing counseling on a sliding scale fee basis for people with no insurance or who were underinsured at in-kind office space donated by The Cathedral of All Souls. All Souls Counseling Center became an independent 501c3 nonprofit in 2000.

Quickly outgrowing the donated space at the Cathedral, All Souls Counseling Center moved to an office at 23 Orange Street near downtown Asheville. As the center continued to grow it moved again, just down the street to 33 Orange Street. The demand for our services continued to increase and in 2009 ASCC purchased a large historic house at 35 Arlington Street, providing a permanent home where the majority of our counseling services are offered.

Today ASCC has grown to include 20+ professionally licensed therapists and a psychiatrist who provide high-quality compassionate mental health counseling for uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina. We continue to offer counseling on a sliding scale fee basis. We have expanded our services to place therapists within partner community organizations to make counseling as accessible as possible.

Unfortunately, there still remains a gap in care for the uninsured and underinsured residents of our region. ASCC’s dedicated therapists, psychiatrist, staff, and board are committed to ensuring that folks in our community who need mental health counseling can receive it and that cost is not a barrier.

Client Testimonials

I appreciate [my counselor]. He listens with no judgment but only caring for my well-being.

[My counselor’s] calm accepting demeanor helped me feel comfortable and safe in discussing anything. Her suggestions were pivotal and realistic in helping me deal more successfully with my anxiety.

Where would we be without All Souls Counseling Center?

My counselor has and continues to help me tremendously and I have interacted with her better than any other counselor I have seen in the past.

I’ve noticed the changes in my personal life have gotten better and with the help of counseling I’m more happier and able to see growth.

Exactly what I needed, in exactly the way I needed it. Eternally grateful.

My experience here at All Souls has been so life changing. The amount of compassion and dedication I feel here is so comforting. I wasn’t sure I would ever get my mind and life back but I did and I’m so grateful for this place, I love it!

[My counselor] brought so much light to our marital issues. He helped us work through years of built up negativity. With his guidance, we were able to find our love and compassion for each other again.

[My counselor] is very likely saving my life. My gratitude has no measure. Thank you.

I have come for both individual as well as couples therapy and I love the level of care I receive here. So thankful to have found you guys.

[My counselor] has been a lifesaver and a life vest in a stormy sea.

ASCC has helped my partner and I have a better quality of life that we otherwise would not have been able to afford. Thank you.

This place has been a literal life-saver. I have never felt more respected or understood by a counselor. Now that I’ve come here I can’t imagine what I’d do without this place.

[My counselor] has been a life-saver in so many ways. His practical suggestions are tremendous. His caring and empathy are palpable and so valuable to me at this time. I am so grateful to him and to ASCC for making this affordable.