About Marla

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Marla Chalnick, PhD, LPC established her private practice in 1995. She currently practices in Kenilworth, a neighborhood of Asheville, North Carolina.  Her single most important contribution to her clients is offering a clear vision for change, which provides guidance towards a more balanced and harmonious life.

Marla began her career as a special education teacher working with children experiencing emotional and behavioral problems. She has a Masters degree from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After several years in the classroom, Marla worked in community mental health focusing her energies on developmentally challenged children and their families. She then went on to complete a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Marla was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1980. She has been an active volunteer with the National Multiple Sclerosis society and was recently honored with induction into their Volunteer Hall of Fame. Marla is an award-winning writer, whose poetry credits include a book and publications in several literary journals. She has been married since 1970 and her family includes a daughter, son-in-law and two rescue dogs. She volunteers at the Solace Center, Care Partners Hospice.