The Center was founded as a private, nonprofit charitable organization in 2007 by counselors Ellen Begley and Bill Christian in response to the ever growing need for counseling services in their community. From that time forward, services have increased each year. In 2011 and 2012, the Center provided more than 1,100 and 1,300 hours of counseling, respectively, to children, adults, and couples.

Following the retirement of Bill Christian in 2012, LPCA Rose Wilkerson was added to the staff. This allowed for further expansion of counseling services. In 2013 and 2014, the Center provided more than 2,600 counseling sessions to the community.

Black Mountain Counseling Center also directly benefits the lower-income population of east Buncombe County by providing counseling services to clients who otherwise could not afford counseling. Find out more about how you can help us provide affordable counseling to those who need it most.

Our Staff

Ellen Begley, Counselor

Ashley Starnes, Administrative Assistant

Our Board

Bill Henderson, Board Chair
Cindy Hile, Vice Chair

Anne Straughan, Development Chair

Bill Gilliland, Treasurer

Susan Robinson, Secretary

Lynn Deese

Leslie Applewhite

Jim Richardson

Sue Brooks

Our Counselors

Ellen Begley, LPC, LPCS
Ilene Procida, LPC

Vanessa Pickett, LPC

Rose Wilkerson, LPC
Sue Brooks, LPC
Alwin Wagener, LPCA, PhD, NCC
Joe Wilkerson, LPC, LCAS
Hanna Woody, LPCA
Hope Fontaine, LCSW
Russell Murray, LPCA
Amy Jolly, LPC


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  • Authorization to Use/Disclose Information form (pdf) (doc)
  • Client's Rights form (pdf) (doc)
  • Intake Form (pdf) (doc)
  • Health Insurance Portability & Accountability Act (HIPAA) Agreement and Signature (doc) (pdf)