Sara Hunter Asheville NC

About Sara

Professional Credentials
BS, Environmental Studies - UNC Wilmington
BA, Psychology - UNC Wilmington
MS, Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Western Carolina University

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (NC) #11739 Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT) Externship  Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy (EFCT) Core Skills 1 & 2                                                                                             Integrative Somatic Trauma Therapy Certificate

PMBIA Level 1 Mountain Bike Instructor
Wilderness First Responder (WFR)



In college, I needed change from the formal classroom and my social environment, so I went on a NOLS expedition. The four months I spent in the deserts of the Southwest and the lush forests and waters of the Pacific Northwest pushed me in ways that I did not know I could be pushed. On that course, I learned that making mistakes was important and necessary for growth, that I had more to offer than I gave myself credit for, and that I could thrive in the face of adversity. I wanted to share this experience with others, so the week after I graduated from college I drove west to Wyoming and worked towards becoming an instructor myself.

I spent a lot of time in the wilderness as a young adult. When I was working through a rock climb or helping students navigate off-trail travel, I felt confident and free. I also felt relaxed in connection with nature. I learned to be an independent and strong woman when I was immersed in the beauty of the mountains and supporting students in their personal growth.

As wonderful as life in the backcountry is, it’s a difficult lifestyle to maintain in the long term. Other opportunities eventually led me to a more structured lifestyle with less time spent in the outdoors. While this is what I wanted, it also made me feel like I’d lost a huge part of my sense of self. My own experience with counseling, along with mountain biking, helped me to see that I was still the same brave, confident, and strong woman—I was simply in the midst of a huge transition and needed support.

I went to graduate school for Clinical Mental Health Counseling because the therapeutic relationship in counseling is so similar to the relationships that I have with my NOLS students. I found that building connections and empowering others—whether they were challenged by life back home or by the mountain environment—is what I am most passionate about.

Transitions, trauma, anxiety, and all of the other struggles that we face can feel immobilizing. We can feel stuck and need support. I witness my clients being vulnerable, trying new and scary things while pushing their limits, and experiencing growth through the process.

I am excited to walk alongside my clients during their journey in counseling and offer a therapeutic space that is secure, non-judgmental, and compassionate.

Sara's Therapeutic Approach

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I believe that the foundation of counseling is in the therapeutic relationship. I will provide a secure space free of judgment for you to share your story. Please contact me, and we will work together to help you learn ways to become an agent of change in your own life.

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