At Porch Light Counseling, we are excited to be a part of so many great community events this Spring. From networking with other professionals to running a 10K to support reproductive health care in Tanzania, there’s a little something for everyone. Be sure the follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to stay informed of all of our upcoming events. We hope to see you in the community!

LGBTQ Family Day
April 2nd, 1-3PM
Asheville Jewish Community Center

Porch Light Counseling is proud to be a sponsor of this event put on by LGBTQJew, a program at the Asheville Jewish Community Center, and COLAGE, an organization that unites people with LGBTQ parents/guardians. This special day will bring together LGBTQ families from Asheville for one of the first US movie screenings of the film, Gayby Baby. The goal of this program is to provide entertainment and resources for LGBTQ parents, their children and LGBTQ youth and also cultivate a family friendly LGBTQ community space in Asheville. Cost is $10 (free for children under 5). Snacks and free childcare will be provided. Click here to view the event page on Facebook. Click here to buy your tickets and watch a preview of the movie.


Trans SOFFA (Significant Other, Family, Friends, & Allies) Group
Thursdays, 5:15-6:30PM
8 week series begins April 7th
$25 per session
Porch Light Counseling - 263 Haywood Street

If you have a loved one who identifies as transgender (including gender creative, non-binary, genderqueer, genderfluid, and other identities) or is questioning their gender identity, join us to learn more about how to support the trans people in your life and find support for yourself too. This is not intended to be a therapy group, but rather a facilitated peer support and education group. Space is limited to 8 participants. Please complete the form on our website, call 828-368-4633, or email Heather Branham, LCSW to register. (Download a copy of the flyer here.)


Perinatal Emotional Health Network (PEHN) Networking Meeting
Topic: Infant Sleep
April 11th, 5:30-7:30PM
MAHEC Education Building

The Perinatal Emotional Health Network (PEHN) is a group of WNC-based professionals dedicated to raising awareness about perinatal depression and its treatment. The bi-annual meetings provide free education about perinatal emotional health to the community of practitioners who work with families during the perinatal period (including physicians, nurses, counselors, chiropractors, doulas, acupuncturists, massage therapists, etc).

Please join PEHN for an evening of (free) networking and education. 5:30 to 6:00pm: light hors d'oeuvres, networking; 6:00-7:00pm: presentation and questions
Please RSVP to katie.roberts@mahec.net as space is limited.
When Babies and Young Children Aren't Sleeping, Parents Aren't Sleeping
Meggan Hartman, PhD, L.E., currently works nationally as a Pediatric Sleep Consultant and conducts workshops and support groups for mothers.  She earned her doctorate in Psychology from Meridian University and her Masters in Psychology from the Sophia Institute.  Subsequent trainings and certifications she has received are Lactation Educator, Psychosynthesis, Dora Kalff Sand-Play Therapy, completing a Postpartum International Support Certification, and a two year internship with Dr. Angelique Millette, PhD focusing on pediatric behavioral sleep issues and maternal well-being.


PEHN Lunch & Learn
Topic: Birth Trauma
April 21st, 12:30-1:30PM
MAHEC OB/GYN

Elizabeth Gillette, LCSW shares her expertise about identifying and treating trauma associated with childbirth. Please contact Ariel.Shumaker-Hammond@mahec.net or katie.roberts@mahec.net for exact location and to RSVP.



Asheville-Area Counseling Professionals Association
Topic: Perinatal Mood & Anxiety Disorders 101
with Elizabeth Gillette, LCSW & Ariel Shumaker-Hammond, LCSW/MPH
April 29th
Informal networking from 11:30AM-12PM; Presentation from 12-1PM. 
Lenior-Rhyne University, 2nd floor conference room above Visitor Center

No need to register, just bring your lunch and enjoy! For more information, contact Kerrie Fuenfhausen at Kerrie.fuenfhausen@lr.edu or 828-407-4261.



Mama’s Day 10K benefiting Mama Maisha
May 7th, 2016, 10AM
Carrier Park

Porch Light Counseling is a proud sponsor of the Mama’s Day 10K benefiting Mama Maisha, an Asheville-based nonprofit making motherhood safer in Tanzania. Pregnancy complication-related deaths are rare in developed countries, but in Tanzania, one mother dies every single hour. Mama Maisha provides life-saving supplies, support and education for women in need. Their Maternal Health Advocates are local women trained to facilitate women’s groups, organize community action, make home visits and promote public health. Support Mama Maisha — celebrate Mother’s Day with a run that SAVES LIVES TWO BY TWO! Click here to register for the race.

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