Tele-Counseling From Anywhere You Are

DiAnna Ritola, couples counselor in Asheville, pre-marriage counseling, marriage counselor, spiritual counseling, sexcounseling

When you find yourself in a place that feels “stuck” it is helpful to have a guide and a cheerleader. I am both of those…and more. I approach each session with practicality, intuition, and humor to meet you where you are and support you in becoming the person you wish to be.

Couples counseling, pre-marriage counseling, and individual counseling sessions are collaborative endeavors which create a safe space for you to unpack your spiritual, sexual, and relationship baggage so you can gently and honestly examine the contents to know what is no longer needed for your life’s journey.

I offer space and care for my clients to grieve the pain of disappointments, behaviors, and trauma that have led to denying or diminishing pieces of the heart and mind to fit in a box made by someone else: society, religion, family, or partner. I’m here to hold the thread while you reattach those parts and love them back into your embodied wholeness.

Counseling sessions, for individuals or couples, are based on the unique needs of each person and the goals you have. I don’t do formulas or one-size-fits-all templates. My fees range from $125 – $160 for individuals and couples. Pre-marital counseling packages start at $300.    ** Discounts for multiple sessions always offered; limited sliding scale available for those in need.

For the past decade, my blend of Feminist Counseling, Cognitive-Behavior Therapy, Somatic Experiencing, spiritual practice assessment and creation, homework assignments, guided imagery, and Jin Shin Jyutsu energy work has been an outgrowth of my own inner work. I won’t insist you go it alone. I will stand with you while you walk through your fire and reflect back to you the powerful, embodied, spiritual warrior you are.

Unfortunately, many of us have been conditioned to feel shame for our thoughts, words, and actions because someone else told us we were wrong. While guilt is a feeling of remorse for an action that has caused pain to someone else, shame is directed at our own actions and is a by-product of the judgments of others. Shame can debilitate us by trying to convince us that we are unworthy of love, care, or even worthy of being alive.

I believe that we all deserve to love and be loved in the ways that feel best, and shame has no business dictating pleasure. This core belief along with my training in the dynamics of  Relationships (whether sexual or not), Sexual Adventure and Safety (aka Kink), and the deeply Spiritual aspect of our human experience, gives me a unique approach.

This supportive and sometimes challenging stance gives my clients a safe space to address sexual functioning concerns, enhance communication, and gently confront shame and grief to heal the divisions between sexual activities and identity and the deep inner part of the spirit where wounds are hidden but not forgotten and that may be holding you back from giving and receiving the love you desire.

Contact me for a free 15-minute consultation to discuss your concerns and discern whether we are a good fit.

    What my clients are saying…

    DiAnna puts me at ease, combining playful chat with more serious discussion of personal issues and personal work. She’s a great listener and balances letting me talk through my issues, giving welcome advice and reassuring me that my choices are ok and fully my own. Her caring disposition and extensive life experience helped me trust her and myself in working through what I needed to work through.   ~SG, Atlanta, GA

     

    DiAnna helped me work through one of the most difficult and transforming times of my life. The counseling she provides is wise, insightful and nurturing. I felt fully supported to make the necessary changes in my life.   ~KR, Weaverville, NC

     

    DiAnna is a warm, non judgmental counselor who made me feel at ease right away. No subject was too trivial. She really listens. Her observations were both practical and sometimes spiritual at once.
    As much as anyone I have worked with, she encouraged me to be myself.   ~ FN, Asheville, NC

    To Be Spiritually Courageous

    I've started blogging over at Medium.com. Here's the link to a recent article on what it means to be Spiritually Courageous https://medium.com/@deritola/to-be-spiritually-courageous-81cc6dd99e0a

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    The Paradox of Living

    Sometimes I just can't seem to find the answers I seek. You, too? I search and search, reading and journaling, asking questions and sitting in silence, and still I feel lost. I feel frustrated and angry because I tell myself that I'm "supposed" to know more, do more,...

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    What My Clients Are Saying

    Working with DiAnna was a pleasure for two reasons– what she offered me, and what she didn’t offer me. DiAnna is consistently upbeat and encouraging. She will nudge you toward your true path– I didn’t say “push” on purpose– she is not pushy. But what I found most refreshing about working with her is that you can tell her anything and she will greet it with interest and excitement, not judgment. She enjoys what she does and wants you to enjoy what you do.
    – BL, Greer, SC

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