News and Events from All Souls Counseling Center

ASCC Appoints New Executive Director

We are pleased to announce the appointment of Leslie McCrory, LPCS, LCAS, CCS, as the organization’s new Executive Director.

Leslie says, “There continues to be a mental health need in our region. I’m excited to work with All Souls Counseling Center, an organization helping to ease the crisis by filling the gap in care that exists for people who are uninsured. ASCC is one of the few places serving this population with individual, couples and family therapy.”

Leslie has worked for 30 years in Asheville in the field of mental health and substance use services in direct care as a therapist, in supervision, education, teaching, training, and management. She holds a Masters Degree in Counseling from University of Alabama in Birmingham. She continued her studies in Marriage and Family Therapy post-Masters and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist, and a Certified Clinical Supervisor.

Before joining ASCC Leslie worked as a consultant for Vaya Health facilitating the collaboratives in WNC supporting respectful, non-judgmental care for women who are pregnant and using substances. She began her relationship with ASCC as one of the organization’s early board members. Shortly after, she became an ASCC therapist and has remained an enthusiastic supporter of the Counseling Center over the years.

ASCC Board Chair Patrick Hardy says: “We are extremely pleased to have Ms. McCrory as our new Executive Director. She brings a unique blend of experience as a clinician and an administrator who embraces the values and goals of our organization.”

2nd Annual Mental Wellness Walk

About 90 people gathered in Carrier Park for the 2018 Mental Wellness Walk on Saturday, July 21, 2018. We had 12 Teams participate and 133 pre-registered walkers! The Walk is presented in partnership with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Western Carolina.

Despite a rainy weather forecast, the sunshine broke through the clouds and it ended up being a beautiful day. Walkers enjoyed music by local band Billingsley and resource displays from community organizations. The Walk was originally scheduled for May 19, but was cancelled and rescheduled due to severe flooding in the park.

Check out the media coverage of the Walk:

Thank you to our 2018 Walk Sponsors:
Sunrise Community for Recovery and Wellness * NC Brookhaven Behavioral Health * Tender Loving Care Homes * Joyce Boyett Agency, LLC * Carolina Hand and Sports Medicine * AvL Technologies * Friends of All Souls Counseling Center

Stay tuned for 2019 Walk dates to be announced!

All Souls Counseling Center publishes its Annual Report for fiscal year 2017

Fiscal Year 2017 (7/1/16–6/30/17) was ASCC’s 17th year of providing high-quality mental health counseling to uninsured and underinsured residents of Western North Carolina.

By the numbers for 7/1/16–6/30/17


816
people provided with mental health counseling

5,343 counseling sessions provided

109 people provided with psychiatric care

407 psychiatric sessions provided

$312,265 in-kind services donated by ASCC therapists and psychiatrist

1,135 phone calls received for services

90% of new clients were uninsured

Majority of clients report making less than $20,000/year

By the numbers for 7/1/16–6/30/17


816
people provided with mental health counseling

5,343 counseling sessions provided

109 people provided with psychiatric care

407 psychiatric sessions provided

$312,265 in-kind services donated by ASCC therapists and psychiatrist

1,135 phone calls received for services

90% of new clients were uninsured

Majority of clients report making less than $20,000/year

Client Testimonials

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

[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.

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] 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] 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.

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.

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