Willow Place Asheville
A place for women to get treatment for addiction and eating disorders in a supportive, caring environment.
Willow Place of Asheville is a place for women who are suffering from addiction to drugs and alcohol and/or eating disorders. We offer a comprehensive medical and therapeutic approach to recovery from addiction and eating disorders to get all of our clients on the road to recovery. We believe in empowering our clients to regain a sense of self-worth and self-love so that they cease the destructive behavior of the path and turn to healthy, sober alternatives. Our dedicated staff is whole heartedly committed to seeing each client thrive and graduate from our program as a brand new person with a bright future ahead. At Willow Place, we treat each client individually to ensure the best level of care possible, created uniquely for each specific client’s needs.
Our daytime outpatient program at our Asheville campus focuses on substance dependency and eating disorders in women and provides each client with intensive, personalized, comprehensive, and female-oriented care.
Willow Place for Women’s addiction intervention program gives family and friends a professionally directed way to approach an addict about their treatment options.
The intensive outpatient program at Willow Place for Women gives recovering addicts the highly attentive substance abuse treatment they need specifically tailored for each individual need.
We offer a partial hospitalization program so that recovering addicts have the option to remain in treatment with individualized care but still live in their home environment.
Many people who come to rehab suffer from addiction and co-existing mood disorders. We believe the best course of action is to focus on the causes and effects of both as they collaborate.
The BALM Family Program (Be a Loving Mirror Program) is designed to help families of addicts become an ally in recovery once the person is out of treatment and back at home.
Biosound healing therapy can reduce anxiety and stress for people who are in treatment, and can also reduce the amount of AMA (Against Medical Advice) early discharges in rehab patients.
Since relapse is common in addiction recovery, relapse prevention strategies give recovering addicts the knowledge and training needed to prevent and deal with relapse after treatment.
Aftercare options for recovering addicts are available through a sober home environment that aids in the assistance with integrating sobriety into daily life.
Willow Place for Women Asheville offers specialized eating disorder intervention for families and friends to be able to approach afflicted loved ones with professional guidance.
Our Eating Disorder Program at our Asheville facility is specially tailored to treat addiction and eating disorders simultaneously. The IOP gives these patients the specific individual attention necessary to recover from both.
Nutrition Education is an essential component of eating disorder treatment at Willow Place that implements the vital knowledge needed to make healthy eating decisions.
Preparing for relapse in eating disorder treatment is essential to the recovery process as it provides the tools needed to deal with stressful situations and emotions once treatment concludes.
Many people who come to rehab do not know of Willow Place for Women’s aftercare options available to recovering individuals that need additional help in assimilating back into their daily lives.
Willow Place for Women includes trauma education programs to provide information to an addict and family about the effects and treatment of trauma.
At Willow Place for Women, we focus our trauma therapy treatment on developing coping mechanisms that aid in the moderating of emotions that stem from trauma.
Meet Our Asheville Campus Featured Staff Members
Eating Disorder Program Director
Behavioral Health Technician
As owner and executive director of Willow Place in West Palm Beach, FL and Asheville, NC, Dixie’s vision has been to reach clients struggling with mental health disorders from a holistic approach and to provide gender specific treatment that addresses core issues which have led clients to substance dependence, eating disorders and other co-occurring disorders. Dixie holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and Business Management and her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology. She is currently studying for a PhD in Mind-Body Medicine specializing in Integrative Mental Health. She is also working towards Certification in Biochemical and Nutritional Approaches to Mental Health and Addiction Recovery as well as the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals Certification for Eating Disorder Specialists. In addition to specializing in Substance Abuse and Marriage/Family Counseling, Dixie is certified in EMDR therapy, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing, a form of psychotherapy used to resolve the development of trauma-related disorders. Dixie is passionate about reaching clients who do not respond to conventional modalities of therapy, primarily through the use of psychodrama, art and expressive therapy she has been able to access these clients to facilitate lasting change.
Dr. Holman has served as Medical Director at Pavillon from 2005-2011 and senior consultant and medical adviser until 2014. Dr. Holman provides patient education on the medical aspects of addictions, brain chemistry and medication management. She received her doctor of medicine at Emory University. She is board certified in internal medicine and addiction medicine. She is VP of the North Carolina Society of Addiction Medicine; has served on the faculty of the Department of Internal Medicine for Carolinas Medical Center; and as Clinical Assistant Professor in the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine. She has also served on the board of directors for the North Carolina Physicians’ Health Program.
Eating Disorder Program Director
Jamie graduated from the University of North Texas with a PhD in Counseling Psychology. She completed an internship at Texas A&M University and a post-doctoral fellowship at The University of San Francisco. At these two institutions she worked with college students struggling with disordered eating and facilitated body image groups. After licensure, Jamie began intensive training in the Indiana University Hospital System at The Charis Center for Eating Disorders, working on an interdisciplinary treatment team which included pediatricians, endocrinologists, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, social workers, and art therapists.
In 2012, Jamie moved to Asheville where she joined Willow Place, as well as maintaining a private practice specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. Her treatment approach is supportive and collaborative – influenced by positive psychology and a strength based approach.
Robin is a Certified Eating Disorders Specialist at our Asheville facility, and also an Approved Supervisor for clinicians seeking certification through the International Association of Eating Disorder Professionals™. She has over two decades of clinical experience working with women and their families in both inpatient and outpatient settings. Many of her clients have co-occurring anxiety and mood disorders, substance abuse, and disordered eating and body image issues. In the past, Robin served as Lead Program Therapist in the first eating disorders inpatient psychiatric treatment program in the state of NC. She has facilitated multi-family therapy groups and workshops, and provided individual, couple’s, family and group therapy. Intuitive Eating, Interpersonal Therapy, Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy–especially the mindfulness skills–form the foundation for her work. Robin models how humor and laughter are essential in the healing process, and teaches clients to use non-judgmental, compassionate curiosity as their pathway to self-awareness and positive change. Licensed to practice in NC as a Licensed Professional Counselor, Robin is also a National Certified Counselor.
Robin holds an MA in Psychology from West Georgia College and a BA in Journalism from UNC-Chapel Hill. Before entering the helping profession, Robin was an advertising copywriter in Atlanta, GA. There she became alarmed about society’s obsession with female appearance and narrow definition of beauty and fitness, which is still harming the self-esteem and health of women and girls. She is a passionate activist for a medical and cultural shift to the Health At Every Size® paradigm. More holistic and inclusive, the HAES® approach recognizes that true health and well-being are multi-dimensional and include biological, psychological, social and spiritual aspects. Robin empowers people of all sizes to make peace now with their bodies and with food, and get on with living a mindful, meaningful and skillful life.
Susan is a long time clinician with experience in facilitating healing of clients with addiction, trauma, and co-occurring disorders. With a Masters in Counseling and Licensed Professional Counselor in NC, Susan has worked in psychiatry and addiction services for the last 34 years. She trained with Dr. Marsha Linehan in 1993 in the first Dialectical Behavior Therapy training intensive and has integrated DBT and Cognitive Behavior Therapy in most of the therapy she facilitates.
She most recently worked as Coordinator of Women’s Extended Care at Pavillon Treatment Center in Mill Spring, NC from 2009 to early March 2014 specializing in addiction and co-occurring disorders, including trauma. Susan continues her education by working on the NC Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist certification.
Her passion in this work is the healing of women with addiction, trauma, and woundedness through compassion, healthy skills to cope with pain and struggle, and full faith of hope and recovery. She is a 20 year student of meditation, yoga, and spiritual/personal work in her own healing journey from trauma and codependency while practicing the skills she teaches and facilitates in the therapeutic process.
With almost 25 years of 12 step experience, Beverly blends the wisdom of that with her 18 years as a substance abuse counselor. After receiving her Master’s Degree in Agency and Addictions Counseling from the College of William and Mary, Beverly worked at several residential treatment centers, most recently spending over 8 years at Pavillon in Mill Spring, NC. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist and is particularly adept at codependency treatment. Gently guiding patients with warmth, compassion and humor has helped her clients learn to fully embrace themselves as the perfectly imperfect humans they were intended to be. With a strong background in CBT, Bev also uses Solution Focused Therapy, Redecision Therapy and Emotional Freedom Technique, helping clients learn self-efficacy as they quickly release cravings, resentments, and even age-old traumas. Beverly continues to have a great passion and enthusiasm for the beautiful journey called recovery at our Asheville facility.
Michelle is our licensed and registered dietitian serving Willow Place in a multitude of ways. With her extensive background as a certified group fitness instructor, she leads our Walking to Recovery group, as well as creating individual exercise plans to suit the needs of our clients when appropriate. Michelle also leads an intuitive eating class, nutrition class, meal planning workshops, grocery store outings, and supportive meal groups at local restaurants. She has worked for both in-patient and out-patient facilities, as well has having a private practice treating people with eating disorders. Michelle’s approach supporting people to develop a more sustainable relationship with food and fitness is both gentle and realistic. ‘Improvement not perfection’ and ‘slow and steady wins the race’ are two mottos she most likes to use.
Behavioral Health Technician
Lisa is a licensed clinical mental health and substance abuse therapist, receiving her undergraduate degree and graduate degree from UNCA and WCU respectively. Providing guidance from a holistic approach to heal the mind, body, and spirit embody the work Lisa provides to women at Willow Place. Her experience working in the legal system, in community mental health, and a yearlong internship in a women’s prison are the foundation from which she believes in the resiliency of the human condition. Lisa is passionate about working with women healing from addiction and trauma and uses various modalities including Mindfulness, Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, CBT/DBT, and Motivational Interviewing. She recognizes the importance of gender-specific treatment and its benefits, and teaches self-esteem, compassion, gratitude, and positive self-talk to recover from shame and guilt, and create new ways of thinking.
holds a master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and a BA in English from Florida State University. She is currently enrolled in the Masters of Clinical Mental Health program at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and is registered to become a certified substance abuse counselor. Lisa is passionate about empowering humankind to achieve emotional wellness and sobriety through an integrative, strengths-based approach that embodies the 12 steps. Lisa is active in the Buncombe County recovery community and is a co-founder and Board Secretary of the Asheville 12 Step Recovery Club. She is committed to helping individuals obtain freedom from active addiction while trudging the road to happy destiny.
My mission is to create a better world by offering women, men and children a compassionate and loving healing space supporting them during all their life cycles with the assistance of acupuncture, herbs, yoga, meditation, massage and lifestyle recommendations. With each person, I place a strong emphasis on creating individualized treatment plans while offering a safe sanctuary for each person to relax into. With this integrative approach to medicine I am always willing to work collaboratively with your primary caregiver, doctors, midwives, and other health care providers. Ultimately we work together to empower you to tap into your own innate wisdom and intuition restoring you back to your natural state of radiance.
My primary focus is on women’s health with a specialty in pregnancy. The experience of birthing my first daughter at a Birthing Center in Nashville, TN., awakened in me a desire to work with women. I discovered that Chinese Medicine is an efficient and effective approach to supporting women’s health. Acupuncture and herbal medicine helped prepare me mentally, physically and emotionally to have a successful and gentle homebirth at the age of 40 with my second daughter. Through first hand experience, I understand how the science of this medicine supports women with fertility enhancement, pregnancy and in all cycles of life.
As a life long student of natural medicine I have a unique understanding of the wisdom of the body. And, devoting four years to a rigorous academic graduate program at Daoist Traditions College of Chinese Medical Arts has provided me with a solid set of medical skills along with a Masters Degree in Oriental Medicine.
In addition to being a licensed acupuncturist, I am a trained midwife’s assistant, Reiki Master and certified teacher of Kundalini and prenatal yoga. I studied with world renowned midwife Ina May Gaskinat The Farm in Summertown, Tennessee; and with Tej Kaur Khalsa and Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa in Southern California. These experiences have given me a diverse and unique array of healing modalities to assist each person on their own authentic adventure in healing.
When I am not in the office, you can find me trail running, practicing yoga, attending a meditation workshop, or spending quality time with my beautiful family. And once a week I offer group acupuncture and sound healing for women in recovering at Willow Place.
From a young age, I had a strong inner knowing that I wanted to work toward a compassionate understanding of the human condition. By pursuing art therapy and counseling, I have found great meaning in exploring the language of psyche, the human condition, and our innate inner wisdom. I completed my Master’s degree in Art Therapy and Counseling in 2015 at Southwestern College in Santa Fe, NM. While in grad school, I developed a strong interest in trauma and grief work and completed a 120-hour certificate program in Trauma, Grief and Renewal. More recently, I had the wonderful opportunity to complete a 14 –month training at The Asheville Center for Contemplative Psychotherapy.
I focus on creating a safe, accepting and non-judgmental atmosphere where clients can move through the therapeutic process at their own pace. I have training in Art Therapy, Sand Play, Emotional Freedom Technique, Dream Tending, Archetypal Psychology and Mindfulness-Based Interventions. I combine traditional talk therapy with art-based approaches, mindfulness, and somatic awareness to help my clients create meaning out of challenging life events, interrupt negative, automatic thoughts, and develop a sense of empowerment in daily living.
It has been an honor to work in this field. I have experience working with chronic and terminal illness, trauma, grief, intimacy issues, co-dependency, depression, anxiety, addiction, PTSD, and with people affected by international and civil conflict.
Kathy has a BA from UNC-Asheville and an MA from UT-Knoxville. She teaches writing as a tool of recovery and transformation, and facilitates a spirituality group that explores and applies unifying principles to recovery. Godfrey knows her primary value to women in transition is to remind them of their innate value and ability to feel joy.
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The eating disorder program at Willow Place Asheville has helped me tremendously. I have learned how to eat nutritional and balanced meals. I have developed healthy coping skills. Most of all, I have come to love myself, my body and all that I am. The program has changed me and my life for the better.
Willow Place saved my life, with their help I was able to rediscover the passions and hobbies I once had before replacing them with substances. I have reestablished a new connection with myself and higher self/higher power. Before I was able to love or believe in myself, I was guided by the staff’s faith in me to succeed. I feel free from the prison of my addiction, and wouldn’t have been able to achieve that without Willow Place.
Our daytime outpatient program focuses on substance dependency and eating disorders in women, and provides each client with intensive, personalized, comprehensive, and female-oriented care.
We strongly believe that a 12-step program of addiction recovery is an essential aspect of aftercare, and actively introduce our clients to 12-step literature, outside meetings, and the basic structure of Alcoholics Anonymous. Our 12-step groups are oftentimes formatted as meetings themselves, further familiarizing clients with structure.
This group focuses on actively repairing the devastation caused by addiction while working towards maintaining prolonged and fulfilled sobriety. Clients learn the neurological science behind addiction, and learn coping skills and healthy mechanisms that will help to prevent relapse later on down the road.
Dialectic Behavioral Therapy is a cognitively based therapeutic approach that helps clients learn to cope with uncomfortable emotions, live in the moment, and formulate healthy, meaningful, and supportive relationships with other individuals. DBT has proven successful in treating both eating disorders and substance dependency.
The family plays a major role in both substance dependency and eating disorders. Many specialists refer to addiction as a ‘family disease’, not only because the entire family unit is directly involved, but also because the family is usually partially responsible, and must heal alongside the afflicted individual.
Active addiction works to strip women of the basic skills they need to live a happy and successful life. We at Willow Place for Women help women acquire basic life and social skills that will prove essential to fulfilled recovery – focusing on self-care, employment, and other facets of personal responsibility.
Mealtime can be stressful and extremely uncomfortable for those battling severe eating disorders. Our meal support groups offer women the opportunity to process emotions and behaviors surrounding mealtime in a safe and supportive environment. This group is led by a licensed nutritionist.
We at Willow Place for Women truly believe that one cannot comprehensively recover if her spiritual wellness is not intact. For this reason, we offer a multitude of spiritually-based groups to help women foster a relationship with a power greater than themselves. These groups range from yoga and guided meditation to art therapy.
Many women who come into treatment for the first time do not know much about substance abuse – they simply know that their lives have been dominated by drugs and alcohol and they need professional help in order to stop using. In this group, we teach women the science (emotional and physical) behind substance dependency.