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Growing Connections Counseling,PLLC

Support for those who want change.

Live the life you desire. 

Be the person you want to be. 


Welcome! I am so excited you are here!

You want something to change. You are tired and overwhelmed of being tired and overwhelmed. You may be experiencing a lot of anxiety and stress every day wondering if you will ever be able to make a change or understand what is going on inside of you. Like the shame and guilt of not doing enough, being enough or feeling better just won't go away. Trying to make sure everyone is happy and get everthing "right" just isn't working anymore. You may feel like you never have time for yourself and are exhausted. There may be feelings of sadness around a loss of a person, relationship or dream and it's possible you keep thinking that some things in your past you just can't let go of. You may be experiencing relationship difficulties and don't know how to "fix" things. Trying to care for yourself has become difficult and even sleep isn't happening because all of these thoughts and feelings just won't stop. You just want something to change and need some guidance in what that change could look like. 


A major life transition may also intensify some of these thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  Life transitions can be welcoming, challenging, and even traumatic. They can include experiences such as leavivng home for college, forming your own path, marriage, divorce, birth, death, moving, changing jobs, illness, retiring, becoming a parent, becoming an "empty nester", and strained relationships not only with others, but with our own bodies and self. You may think you are experiencing a quarter or mid life "crisis". Even developing more workable communication patterns and learning to identify and hold boundaries can be considered a life transition. It is often when we are experiencing some of these uncomfortable thoughts and feelings that we find ourselves engaging in behaviors that truly don't work for us any longer. These behaviors may feel like they are helping us at times and other times they may feel like they are only making things feel more out of control.

We may be a good fit if you resonate with any of the following:

 -You seem to struggle setting boundaries with yourself and others

-People pleasing, always putting others first

-Perfectionism, wanting to make sure everything is "right"

-Difficulty with relationships and communication patterns

-Have feelings of sadness/grief associated with past or recent loss

-Experienced trauma or need support understanding trauma at all

-Are going  through a big life transition 

-Find yourself having thoughts that just won't seem to go away

-Feelings of burn out from work and life in general

-Feel like you don't know yourself anymore or maybe you never did

-You can't seem to identify what is important to you

-If you are a therapist who needs support yourself

-Just feel overwhelmed by the world at times

Together we can support you in navigating these difficult thoughts, feelings, and unworkable behaviors. You can move from not knowing what to do next, to knowing, AND doing what matters to you most. You can identify unworkable thoughts and behaviors to create the lasting momentum, transition, and change that you desire most in your life. You can fully live again. 

I want to support you in navigating the journey of life and all of its beauty, challenges and transitions to connect on a deeper level with yourself and others again by engaging your mind, body, and spirit for active change. You are worthy of a quality of life that is meaningful to you, guided by values that are important to you. I know it may feel hard to imagine, but awareness, clarity, acceptance, and alignment with your true self can happen. 



Create change.


Live the life you desire.


Be the person you want to be. 

Licensed in both North and South Carolina

Shannon Worley

 LCSW, Lisw-CP

I was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina and love living and working here. My second favorite place to be is Charleston, South Carolina. My love for both cities led me to become licensed in both states. I am licensed as an LCSW in North Carolina and licensed as an Lisw-CP in SC.  I have been working in the mental health and wellness fields for over 12 years.  


As a mind-body-spirit- psychotherapist, I incorporate a whole body approach and hold true to the belief that everyone is worthy of a quality of life that is meaningful and values driven. It is through my own personal lived experience with stress, grief, anxiety, trauma, difficult relationship patterns, and life transitions that I came to therapy as my profession. Aspiring to help others work towards finding a deeper relationship with one’s true and whole self, through the acceptance that life can be both beautiful and painful is my passion. I want to support you in moving from non-workable coping skills, behaviors, and thoughts patterns, to more workable ones. My approach in therapy is safe, non-judgemental, direct and gentle. I provide lots of hands on tools to support you during our time together.  I like to have fun, both in and out of therapy session, and remind myself and others that fun is actually an essential part of being. Things can change. You can change. You are worthy and there is hope. 

Some of my favorite things to do include traveling, running, hiking, reading, birding, gardening, drinking great coffee, having fun with friends and family, yoga, seeing live music, and watching baseball with my son. Oh, and laughing. Lots of laughing. 

*Pictured here my best running buddy, Brodie. I welcome any and all of your furry best friends to join you during our time together! Our pets provide us so much love and support! 


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Thank you for reaching out and taking the time to take care of yourself! You are worth it. I look forward to working with you and I am honored you have considered me to share this journey of healing with you!

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Asheville, NC

(828) 554-2529

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