About Me

Hi, I’m Kara

My name is Kara Ashley-Gilmore, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, Art Therapist, and local mixed-media artist. I help people learn to cope with their anxiety symptoms and deal with overwhelming and stressful situations. I’ve been there, and spent years of my life struggling with perfectionism, self-doubt, worry, and moments of debilitating panic. I understand anxiety on a level that I couldn’t without living through it. Your experiences will be different, but I want you to know that I’ve been there. I’ve worked my way through it, and I believe you can too.

I use both traditional and contemporary, evidence-based tools to help you accomplish your goals. This is fancy language which means I have the training to back up the methods we’ll use during sessions. Some of it may be familiar to you–like talking about your feelings and experiences–and some may be things you haven’t tried before. I love helping men and women uncover the thinking patterns that are causing their anxiety and preventing them from making progress on their goals. By recognizing these patterns, you will begin to learn how to quiet your inner critic, make healthier choices, and experience greater joy in your life.

I have been working in the mental health field since 2007, combining my knowledge of art materials with techniques from CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Mindfulness-Based practices, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), Somatic practices, and Trauma and Resiliency models to provide trauma-focused counseling and art therapy. I love learning, and make it a priority to stay on top of new developments in the neuroscience of anxiety and trauma and best practices for treatment.

If you’re ready to get some relief, contact me today to schedule your free 30-minute consultation.

Training & Credentials

Kara Ashley-Gilmore- Hendersonville Counselor & Art Therapist

  • Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in North Carolina (#A10836) since 2014
  • Master’s in Art Therapy and Creativity Development from Pratt Institute, in Brooklyn, NY, completed in 2007
  • Under supervision to become a Registered and Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) with the Art Therapy Credentials Board
  • Certification in Traumatic Stress Studies from The Trauma Center at JRI in Boston, MA
  • Trained in Trauma-Informed Art Therapy, DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, ACT (Acceptance and Commitment Therapy), and Level 1 Yoga for Trauma and Resiliency.
  • Professional Artist in Hendersonville, NC
    • My 2016 Bearfootin’ Bear, “Traveling Bear,” raised $1450 for the Boys and Girls Club & Historic 7th Ave District!
    • Artwork currently featured in Art Mob Studios and Marketplace (124 4th Ave E, Hendersonville, NC)
    • Completed 2017 Bearfootin’ Bear, “Bear of Life” to raise funds for The Salvation Army


In the Media

Check out my Times News Feature

Blooming into a creative life

For Kara Ashley-Gilmore, losing oneself while drawing curvy lines on paper or painting vivid flowers on the pages of a simple handmade book is what it’s all about.As an art therapist at her Mountain Creative Arts Counseling business, Ashley-Gilmore takes the process of tapping into one’s inner artist seriously.”It’s about getting what’s inside out,” said Ashley-Gilmore.


WNC Woman Article

“Gratitude Bowls” written by Kara Ashley-Gilmore

Bold Life 2017

Bear Here Now

In the Bleak Midwinter

Shaping 2017

Bold Life 2016

All is Calm, All is Brighter


(For information about my work as an artist, visit www.karagilmore.com.)