High Country Counseling is an association of independent private practitioners in Boone, North Carolina offering individual, family, and group therapy for all ages.
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Licensed Professional Counselor
I work with adults, adolescents, children of all ages and families. Building immediate trust to begin the therapeutic process is a very critical part of my approach. My approach is also strength-based, meaning there is great emphasis on the individual’s strengths and the strengths of those involved in his or her life. I highly encourage creative individual expression and the development of positive self-regard. I utilize a variety of approaches in my work, depending on presenting issues, individual goals and what best fits an individual’s or family’s personal style. My work with families is based on family systems, which means that although an individual may be seen as the “identified person” all members of a family are equally important in the process towards change and healing. I also have experience in helping parents/caretakers with improving parenting skills.
I am a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and have been working with adults, adolescents, families and groups for 30 years. I refer to myself as a body centered and mindfulness-based therapist. While I specialize in the treatment of adults with childhood trauma, I also work with issues of anxiety, depression, relationship/personal growth as well as people struggling with illness and physical pain. I love to support clients who are curious and motivated to move through the “stuck places” we all find ourselves in from time to time. I believe that our bodies, along with our minds, hold our “story”. I also believe that our bodies have an inherent wisdom, when listened to through mindful awareness, will help direct and focus the therapy. My therapeutic approach is highly interactive and combines a family systems orientation with experiential activities, expressive arts, somatic awareness and mindfulness as key elements. I have advanced training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy, Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). I am also a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT 200®) with Yoga Alliance and integrate Yogic practices into my work. I am a member of the National Association of Social Workers and Yoga Alliance.
I take Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medicare, NC Medicaid and Tricare Insurances.
Suzette Patterson, MA, LPC
Licensed Professional Counselor
My counseling style is a compassionate, cognitive-behavioral approach to problem-solving and self-discovery. I believe therapy is a dynamic process that involves active engagement for both the therapist and the client. My goal is to provide a nonjudgmental atmosphere for you to share your life, relationships, and concerns. Together, we will look for strategies to improve the quality of your life. I can work with adolescents and adults with a variety of concerns including: relationships, sexual assault trauma, sexual orientation/gender identity, and parenting. I accept Blue Cross Blue Shield insurance.
I have been working as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker for the past 16 years. I have extensive experience with children, adolescents and adults in individual and family therapy. Therapy is an opportunity for clients to focus on solutions rather than problems, within an environment of trust, empathy and respect. Children, adolescents and families respond well to play and expressive arts to identify and process conflicts that require attention. I combine cognitive behavioral and brief solution focused therapies while encouraging increased self awareness of how past experiences affect present behaviors. I believe in the strengths of each individual and encourage them to do more of what works and less of what does not.
Toby is now at a new location:
719 Greenway Road, Boone NC 28607
Joan Zimmerman, LMFT, LCAS
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist
AAMFT Approved Supervisor
I have been working with children, adults, couples and families for the past 13 years. I work from a systemic perspective, and use a variety of clinical approaches to help you move in the directions you choose. I incorporate family of origin work, and often use expressive arts in my work. I am trained in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) and Trauma Resiliency Model (TRM), and am currently in training for Somatic Experiencing (SE). I also work with sand tray and other play therapy modalities. As a LMFT and LCAS, I work with both mental health and substance abuse issues. I believe we all face struggles in our lives, and we all have within us the capacity to move through those struggles successfully. I also believe that sometimes the most brave thing we can do is ask for help and support, and I have a great deal of respect for individuals and families that do so. My goal is to work in ways that help you access your own courage, determination, resilience and strength - and move towards creating what you want for yourself and your family. My dog, April, is often in the office with me. She is not a trained therapy dog, but she is very therapeutic!