Blair Hamel is a Licensed psychologist and a Clinical Director at Matone Counseling in Asheville and Charlotte. She earned her doctorate in psychology from Pacific University (Portland, OR) and her bachelor’s degree from University of Portland (Portland, OR). She has completed a multitude of trainings since her schooling in the interest of better helping her clients, including SPACE training, ACT therapy training, and Gottman training.
With a decade of experience helping children, adolescents, adults, and couples, Blair strives to help her clients grow through the challenges life throws at us. Blair’s therapeutic approach is entirely client-centered and tailored to what will be most effective for each person. This means she is flexible in her approach and adapts to the style that is best for the client. This can include utilizing a variety of therapy models including cognitive-behavioral therapy, attachment-focused therapy, and psychoanalytic therapy. Blair’s primary goal in treatment is for clients to feel empowered and to become better versions of themselves. Blair is aware that therapy is effective only when clients feel comfortable and safe, thus she aims to provide a warm environment that facilitates growth.
Blair offers both individual and couples therapy. She has a multitude of experience helping with a variety of difficulties including: anxiety disorders, depressive disorders, behavioral disorders, life transitions, postpartum issues, intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, parent-child relationship issues, and relationship struggles. That said, Blair is a strong believer in the idea that therapy can be helpful for anyone, no matter the reason for engaging in treatment. She has experience helping families with very young children and adults alike. This experience across the lifespan allows Blair to connect with a variety of clients on a genuine level. Blair is also pleased to offer the ability to conduct psychological assessments, including intelligence and achievement testing, or differential diagnosis testing, for all ages. Additionally, Blair has specialized training in the infant mental health population (ages 0 to 6). Blair understands that simply beginning treatment can be a challenge when life feels hard, and she is ready to assist you and join in your personal journey of growth.