“Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals. Only when we know our own darkness well can we be present with the darkness of others. Compassion becomes real when we recognize our shared humanity.”

Pema Chödrön

Katrina Usher (she/her): My Background & Qualifications

I’m a Massachusetts native with a lifelong interest in meditation, yoga, and Eastern philosophy. I moved to Asheville in 2000 and graduated from UNC-Asheville with a BA in Literature/Creative Writing. There, I learned to pay attention to theme, motif, symbolism, ellipsis, and the power of word choice—now, I apply these skills to the human story in my office.

After a period of travel and study of holistic medicine, I enrolled at Western Carolina University for my Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and became a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Clinician (LCMHC). I started my career in addiction treatment. This taught me not only about recovery from addiction, but about the importance of radical compassion in the healing process.

I engage in regular training, consultation, and personal therapy that help me continue to grow, both personally and as a therapist. My personal experiences as a parent, spouse, entrepreneur, traveller, seeker, griever, and trauma survivor all inform who I am in the therapy room.

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