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Tabitha Salyer

Tabitha was born in Eastern Kentucky and has lived in Asheville since the beginning of 2014. She enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and pups, reading, exploring Appalachia, and knitting. Tabitha’s clinical work has included working with foster children in a group home, juvenile justice involved adolescents in a community setting, and adolescent girls in a therapeutic boarding school. Her journey in the mental health field began with work as a sidewalker for equine assisted therapy sessions while pursuing her undergraduate degree at Eastern Kentucky University. She was excited to see how her career came full circle when joining Asheville Academy for Girls to facilitate individual, family, group, and equine assisted therapy for adolescent girls. Tabitha enjoys working with middle school-age, adolescent girls as they begin the difficult transition from childhood to adulthood. She finds this stage of life highly important for developing self-identity, self-awareness, and strong relationships for a life full of happiness. Tabitha is experienced in working with children expressing depression, anxiety, trauma, grief, attachment difficulties, oppositional defiance, and explosive anger. She has received additional training in treatment modalities such as play therapy, trauma-based interventions, sexuality issues, compassion focused therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and artistic or expressive therapy.