About me

I've been working with people to create change since 1997, when I worked as a community organizer in a rough Chicago neighborhood. We confronted the public school system and won over a million dollars in repairs for a local elementary school which had broken windows, a leaking roof, and no heat.


Realizing we could make real change in the world, I went on to study and practice deep tissue massage as a way of making change more personal. I worked with clients for many years, to move and feel differently, and to release trauma.


I have also flipped pizzas, painted houses, lived out of a backpack, and managed a treehouse hostel.


Most recently, I worked five years as a case manager at a local crisis shelter for runaway and homeless youth.


Decades of study have shown us that the most important and essential approach for effective counseling is developing a solid relationship between counselor and client. I'm here to be your ally, working with you and for you to accomplish your goals.


We will identify what brings you to counseling, what you would like to change, and how you will know when it has changed. We will then develop clear goals for getting there.


I use evidence-based techniques and methods, drawing primarily from Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Compassion Focused Therapy. I am also trained in EMDR.

Licensed Professional Counselor #11692

North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors

Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lenoir Rhyne Asheville, 2015

Certified Structural Therapist

Chicago College of Healing Arts, 2000

"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change."
Carl Rogers
"Without change, something sleeps inside us, and seldom awakens. The sleeper must awaken."
Frank Herbert

© 2018 by Papillon DeBoer

Papillon DeBoer


Tel: 828-301-2551