Hailey FitzGerald, MA, LCMHC-A
Licenced Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate
NC License # A17262
General Counseling Practice
Aetna, AmeriHealth Caritas Next, BCBS, BCBS State Health Plan,
At times throughout our lives we will face challenges where we do not know how to move forward, we might feel stuck or abandoned, lost or overwhelmed. My approach to counseling is that of a journey that we walk together. It is one of conversation, exploration, uncovering, and understanding. I believe that the key to a successful counseling experience is built from our sense of connectedness, where I listen and get to know who you are. It is built from a sense of respect, trust, and honesty -- not only with each other but with ourselves.
I understand that entering into a counseling relationship might feel daunting or uncomfortable -- whether it is your first time or your 10th. I aim to create a judgment-free environment where you can say or do things that you may not have told or done with anyone else before, and where you can be real with me and I will be real with you. I trust that you have the ability to create and enact the changes that you want and need in your life and I am here to walk with you on this journey of self-discovery and unfolding.
I believe that there is a connectedness within us, with each other, with our community, with our minds and bodies, with nature and the environment around us. I bring this holistic outlook and approach to the counseling process with you. Most of my clinical experience has been with young adults struggling through life challenges, such as identity development, family dynamics, mental illness, relationships and more. My Master's degree is from Appalachian State University in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a body-centered concentration. I strive to work with you in a culturally-relevant way that works with who you are, your environment, your resources, and your support systems to make this experience as beneficial to you as possible. I might invite you to engage in mindfulness practices, expressive-art experiences, or other therapeutic activities in ways that are practical, applicable and sustainable for you.
I have lived in the high country for about 10 years now and could not be happier to call this place my home. In my free time I enjoy being outdoors, engaging with nature, gardening, and farming. I also enjoy hiking, walking, yoga, and other forms of nurturing movement. I am an advocate for your well-being and I look forward to engaging in this experience with you."