Brittney Burns – Staff Writer

Leaders in Western North Carolina and Macon County have been working to address mental health and substance abuse recovery needs recently, and a new option may do just that.

Ridgeline Therapeutic Collaborative opened March 8 on Main Street in Franklin. Ridgeline’s mission statement reads: “The mission of Ridgeline Therapeutic Collaborative is to provide quality holistic mental health care that takes into account the physical, spiritual, social, and psychological needs of our clients in order to strengthen the whole being and the surrounding community.”

“Our community is important to us. We see how the dearth of mental healthcare and substance abuse intervention have impacted all levels — individual, family, and community — of the Macon County areas (and those of the adjoining counties),” said Paige Graham, co-owner and therapist at Ridgeline. “Right now, our practice is working mostly on the micro level via individual, family, and group therapy. However, we also are involved on the community/macro level by being a part of community interventions such as the Child Safety Day event and participating in a task force group of medical, legal, and mental health professionals to provide more supports to mothers with opiate addictions.”

Ridgeline’s ultimate goal is to be an integrated care facility that includes psychiatric services, medical services, various therapies, and mental health services. While Ridgeline is new to Macon County, the therapists at Ridgeline have worked in the area for four years and have family connections to the community.

Audrey Snyder, M.Ed., LPCA, LCASA, was previously a special education teacher before pursuing her master’s in school and mental health counseling at NC State. Snyder has previous training in music therapy that she currently integrates with her mental health interventions. She has experience serving those with mental and physical disabilities (particularly specific learning disabilities and autism) and has worked with all ages. Her practice has focused on trauma, substance use/abuse, depression, ADHD, family interactions, personality disorders, and gender and sexual identity.

Page Graham, LCSW, LCASA, attended Western for a bachelor’s in criminal justice and attended the University of Pittsburgh to get her master’s degree in social work. Graham currently focuses on therapy groups, children, and families. She also supervises other social workers on their path to obtaining full licensure and more knowledge of the field. Graham has worked with a wide range of mental health issues, mostly related to academic functioning, anxiety, depression, trauma, grief, phase of life issues, and substance use.

“Mental health affects all functioning–social, biological, academic/work ability,” said Graham. “There are so many times we have treated a client for individual-based mental health concerns and have seen every other part of their life improve. Also, with stronger individual mental health, the community becomes stronger and healthier as their members are better able to function at the best of their ability. Our desire is for the growth of our clients in understanding themselves and their positive role in the world.”

Ridgeline sees a variety of cases. Currently, a lot of their work deals with helping families with dysfunctional relationship patterns, trauma, anxiety, depression, and individuals and families affected by substance use/abuse.

To learn more about Ridgeline Therapeutic Collaborative call 828-347-0521, e-mail ridgelinetc@gmail.com or visit ridgelinetc.com.

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