Megan Somervill, MS, LPC, LPCS, CCH
Megan' s rich background in the helping profession spans 25 years. She has served people in various settings, including counseling, outreach, volunteer work, teaching, research, and case management. She has been a practicing psychotherapist for 8 years, with a focus on trauma and loss with children, teens and adults. She has specific skills in administering a trauma treatment modality called EMDR, as well as Clinical Hypnotherapy. Megan has a compassionate heart for the people whom she serves.
Megan grew up in Northern Ohio and attended Miami University, where she earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education. She moved to coastal Connecticut where she taught special education for several years in a private school setting. In 1995 she then moved to New Orleans, where she ran an environmental outreach program delivering educational and sensory experiences to inner-city, at risk youth groups. Having gained an appreciation for the challenges this population faces, Megan left New Orleans. She traveled to Southern Mexico, with the intention for further self-discovery. She then travelled to Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Central America, Europe and Morocco. What she found in her travels was a fervent love of diversity in people and culture. As a result, Megan brings a celebratory spirit and honor for the increasing diversity of our community. She welcomes all people in her work and life, regardless of gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, age, race, ethnicity, physical ability, or national origin.
Megan moved to Asheville in 1999. In the first years of her Asheville residency, she worked as a special ed teacher, a direct care agency staff, Program Director, and a Case Manager. She has volunteered with Mountain Hopes, Youth Outright, Mother Grove, Care Partners Hospice, Brother Wolf and Manna Food Bank. All of these experiences challenged her to reach people in a variety of ways.
In 2010 Megan earned her Masters degree in Mental Health Counseling from Western Carolina University. During her studies, she interned with Eliada Homes and Haywood Regional Hospital’s Bereavement program. Upon graduating she was a counselor at a school day treatment setting and later at an agency focused on sexual abuse and domestic violence. From these experiences, she became adept at consulting and partnering with other professionals for a common purpose, teaching healthy communication skills to families, and helping people regain their strength after trauma.
Megan’s current focus as a counselor involves addressing the effects of trauma and loss, mainly through EMDR and mindfulness work. This has always been her main interest, as a survivor of multiple traumas and losses herself. She strives to help people transform their lives and reclaim their strength based on the fact that the brain is ever changing and strives ever toward survival. By engaging in the counseling process clients can learn to transform self-destructive habits, eliminate unhelpful thoughts, resolve their relationship to past traumas, and improve their current and future relationships.
Outside of her counseling work, Megan has several interests and activities with the community. These include travel, dance and performance, costuming, camping, swimming, hiking, boating, caring for her beloved pets, water gardening, and sometimes just lying in a hammock with a good book. She is also active in volunteering with Youth Outright and serving on the board of Mother Grove. These activities serve to recharge her so she is able to offer her best as a healer, her true passion and calling.