May is Mental Health Month!


My name is Rebecca Daniel and I am a psychologist local to Sylva, NC (as well as the President Elect for WNCPA for the 2018 term). I wanted to write a piece to honor Mental Health Month, 2017. For the past 68 years, Mental Health America has designated the month of May to be a month of awareness for the importance of mental wellness along with various psychological conditions. This year, their theme is “Risky Business,” which highlights a variety of behaviors that put one at risk for developing a mental illness or exacerbating a current mental illness. Take the following examples:

  • Marijuana use
  • Prescription drug abuse
  • Exercise
  • Sex
  • Compulsive buying
  • Internet addiction

Although the above list is not exhaustive, many individuals find themselves using one or more of these behaviors as a way to cope with emotional distress or for recreational use. While these behaviors may seem to “help” in the short-term, it generally leads to avoidance of whatever is causing distress in the first place, which only prolongs and exacerbates the pain and suffering.

If you find that you or a loved one are struggling with any of the above issues (or anything else that you may deem to be “risky business”), there are many great public and private resources in WNC that can direct one down a path of healing and wellness. Listed below are several local agencies and search engines that can help you get started today. From myself, the Western North Carolina Psychological Association, and Sylva Clinical Associates, we wish you many blessings and hope that you can find time to nourish your mental health!

Rebecca Daniel, MA, LPA


Sylva Clinical Associates



American Psychological Association

Appalachian Community Services

Mental Health America

Meridian Behavioral Health

Psychology Today

Vaya Health



Upcoming March Events!

Hi all,

Happy  March! It’s hard to believe that we’re already two whole months into 2017. I wanted to share with you some exciting events that are happening in Western North Carolina this month.

WNCPA March Meeting (3/20, 7:00pm): Ed Hamlin, Ph.D, presents “Neuroscience…for therapists!” Come join us for a night of connecting with other local psychologists and learning! P.s., attendance counts for 1 hour of category B continuing ed credit! Location will be announced soon.

7th Annual Collaborative Conference on Rural Mental Health (3/23-3/24): Plemmons’ Student Union, Appalachian State University. See the attached flyer for the conference agenda. Of particular interest, there is a 3 hour continuing education event being offered on 3/24, called: “Counseling on access to lethal means (CALM) for rural consumers at risk for suicide.”

As always, if you know of any other events happening in the area, let us know! Also, WNCPA now has a Facebook page! Search: Western North Carolina Psychological Association to join today.

Share this information with your friends and colleagues! We look forward to connecting with you soon.

Rebecca Daniel, MA, LPA

Sylva Clinical Associates



Annual Celebration Meeting, February 15

It’s time to for our ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP CELEBRATION! We’re having a dutch-treat Dinner and RAFFLE. The proceeds will benefit WNCPA – we need to help for our sagging budget and to fund our activities for the year such as The Bruce Awards. Win a $350 gift certificate from Pearson and a gift certificate from MHS for the Autism Spectrum Rating Scales (ASRS) Online Kit. We have a wonderful homemade cake, and other items to come.

This is a time to renew friendships, to get acquainted with psychologists you don’t know, and just to have fun!

DATE: February 15, 2016
TIME: 7:00 PM
COST: Dutch Treat Dinner
WHERE: Gondolier Italian Restaurant and Pizza, 1360 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 28805 828-785-1645

We need you!
1) Please donate items—an item you have made from your hobby or craft
baked goods:

  • a gift certificate for two to a Movie theater, your favorite brewery, Amazon, Barnes and Noble, your favorite restaurant/store, car wash, oil change, etc.
  •  a bottle of your favorite wine
  •  a gift certificate to donate your “handy man skills,” “lawn care”, etc.
  •  a gift basket you create of locally produced items

We are not looking for large expensive items, but things that perhaps others would like to have, use or need.

To donate items please email Deirdre at

2) Plan to attend. Bring a psychologist friend.

3) Renew your membership. Pay your dues.
You must be present to win. You will receive a raffle ticket for having paid your dues. If you bring another psychologist, then you get another raffle ticket. As always, you may purchase additional raffle tickets.

WNCPA NEEDS YOU! We are sagging! Our membership is about 50% of what it should be given all the psychologists in WNC. We have a great president who is trying to lead us, but you know that all saying, “You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t him drink?” Our leadership needs support and empowerment! We also need others to pitch in and help out. We need YOU!

A flyer is attached along with the 2016 membership form. Please print the form and bring with you or you may mail in along with your check. Please feel free to share this email and the flyer with interested persons.

See you at Gondolier on February 5. “Be there or be ?????”

Karen Marcus, Psy.D.
WNCPA Past President

Membership Form 2016 pdf

Membership Form 2016 pdfFebruary 15 mtg 2016 pdf

Dinner with the NCPA Executive Committee

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An Opportunity to Hear About the Latest Developments in Psychology and to
Dialogue with the Leaders of NCPA

Monday, April 18, 2016 6-9 pm

1360 Tunnel Road
Asheville, NC 28805

Dutch Treat Dinner


Glen Martin, Ph.D., President
Richard Ogle, Ph.D., President-Elect
Sandra Wartski, Psy.D., Immediate Past President
Dave Aspenson, Ph.D., Treasurer
Katrina Kuzyszyn-Jones, Psy.D., Secretary
Ann Louise Barrick, Ph.D., NCPF President

Sally Cameron, Executive Director
Return to: Mary Bastone at by THURSDAY, APRIL 14TH
or call the NCPA Office 919.872.1005

_____ I will be attending the NCPA Outreach Meeting on Monday, April 18th.

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September 21 Meeting: ACEs CEU Activity

Dear Colleagues,

The “drought” is over and well as summer winding down.WNCPA is once again on the move!
And, ACES is coming to WNCPA!
Next WNCPA Meeting: Monday 9/21/15.
PROGRAM: ACES of Buncombe County
PRESENTERS: Melissa Baker, ACE Collaborative Member & Health
Improvement Specialist at MAHEC
Suszanne Fuller, ACE Collaborative Member & Board Member of the NC Infant
Mental Health Association.
PLACE: The 9/21 Meeting/ACES presentation information will be at Gondolier Restaurant, 1360 Tunnel Rd.

CEU’s for licensing: Category B

Please RSVP to Deirdre Christy
ABOUT ACES: Based on decades of neuroscience research on brain development, adversity, toxic stress and resilience, we now understand that a child exposed to abuse, neglect or household dysfunction can develop behavioral and physical health problems later in life. The impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) can last a lifetime, but they don’t have to. We can now use evolving knowledge to build healthy, resilient communities. Join use to learn more about how ACEs can influence the mental and physical health of children and adults and learn about resources and what we can do to reduce the long-term impact of ACEs.
Learn more about ACEs the upcoming MAHEC ACEs conference

Please note that we are looking for a “space” for our group.
Criteria: Reasonably priced dinner, drinkings, parking, ease of accessibility
If you have “ideas” for a space, please contact Deirdre Christy,

Mark your calendars for the fall! Our regular meeting time for WNCPA is the 3rd Monday of the month 7:00-8:30.

See you there!
Deirdre Christy, Ph.D.
WNCPA President