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Ashewell Medical Group

Counseling/Therapy Services

Introducing Kat Morua, LCSW, CCTP, C-DBT

*Kat is currently full and not taking new clients.

“I’m a Licensed Clinical Social Worker, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, and Certified Dialectical Behavior Therapist, and work from a strengths-based, trauma informed perspective. I am diligent about keeping diversity, cultural context and neurodivergence in mind throughout my work, and recognize the need for an individualized and holistic approach. I use evidence-based modalities including CBT, DBT, ACT, and mindfulness-based interventions. Much of my work has been informed by Polyvagal Theory and Internal Family Systems Theory (IFS). At its essence, IFS states that every part of us, even the ones we find challenging, has served a vital function in our lives and every part of us deserves to be seen, accepted and nurtured. Through this we can achieve a better understanding of our behaviors, thoughts, and feelings to live a life that is more aligned with our values. 

I believe that with the right skills and support every person can live meaningful lives and achieve peace, even in the presence of trauma, anxiety, depression, stress, life transitions, grief and relationship issues. It has been an immense privilege to walk alongside folks through their journeys toward healing, to offer unconditional support and to hold the safe space needed for resilience and empowerment to bloom.

In our sessions, I hope to foster a sense of trust, confidence, and belonging so you feel supported and equipped enough to build the life you envision for yourself. In our initial session we will go through some of your history, goals for therapy, and create a plan for our time together.”

Introducing Lauren Kaufmann, MA, LCMHCS (she/her)

*Lauren is currently full and not taking new clients.

“I love helping individuals to maximize growth and reach their full potential so they can achieve meaningful goals and greater acceptance of oneself. I am passionate about supporting individuals who are struggling with a new or chronic physical health diagnosis, depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, as well as folks who are grieving, processing past trauma(s), wanting to set better boundaries, or are wanting to know themselves more deeply. Additionally, I love supporting parents in the perinatal and postpartum periods and have taken the Postpartum Support International 2-day training as step 1 of 3 in becoming certified as a Perinatal Mental Health Counselor.   

Our journey together will include exploration and identification of goals and barriers to those goals, creating a plan for therapy, and then getting into the work of therapy. Some of the work is done in session through talking, socratic questioning, psycho-education, and role playing; and some of it will be completed outside the session with homework and daily practice including practicing coping and self-care skills, journaling, coloring, reading, and worksheets.”

My background: I have a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a concentration in Marriage and Family Counseling from Appalachian State University granted on May 6, 2011. On February 28th, 2014, I became a fully Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor, and on November 22, 2019, I converted my license to a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor. I have worked in community mental health in Buncombe County counseling children and their families who were experiencing poverty, systemic racism, and trauma. For the last 7.5 years I have worked in a residential mental health program providing therapy to adults with significant mental health challenges and working with their parents to support them in having a better relationship with their adult children.

Sessions can be telemed or in person at Ashewell. Please email or call (828)477-4077 to schedule.


Initial Visit: $100 for 60 minutes

Follow up Visits: $100 for 60 minutes or $50 for 30 minutes

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