Ayden brings a unique and collaborative energy to counseling- he believes in our ability to create honest and long-lasting change because he has experienced true transformation. Healing from addiction and abuse, he has spent the last decade on a conscious journey of awakening defined by curiosity, exploration, and a deep nurturing of his own inner child. Ayden is devoted to helping others heal through various paths of self-discovery including meditation, yoga, counseling, Reiki, the IFS therapeutic model, sacred tea ceremonies and writing. He is a registered substance abuse counselor and is passionate about his work with at-risk youth in residential facilities, wilderness programs, and detention centers. Teaches mediation at the jail.
Ayden has practiced meditation with a focus on healing for more than ten years. He has spent time with Amma (Mata Amritanandamayi Devi aka Hugging Saint), Ram Dass, Sharon Salzberg, Jack Kornfield, and Joseph Goldstein. Ayden traveled to Peru and studied plant medecine with the Shipibo Shamans. He is a student of Ayurveda, the science of Life, which is the most ancient healing system known to man.
In addition to counseling one-on-one, he specializes in workshops and coaching teens and parents struggling with loss, abuse and addiction through forgiveness and mutual understanding. His style is an honest combination of warmth and accountability and he intuitively brings his clients to a place of comfort and sincere collaboration. Ayden is currently developing a men's group in Asheville, North Carolina with aspirations of awakening and cultivating the inner strength and vulnerability that all men carry within.