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Nikki Hughes, LCMHC, LCAS

I have great respect for individuals willing to engage in the therapy. It is not an easy process, but it does provide an opportunity for real change and healing. I have spent much of my career as a therapist in an inpatient setting, working with individuals struggling with issues of addiction, depression and anxiety, and other severe and persistent mental illness and personality disorders. Much time has also been spent working with those recovering from a history of trauma or history of physical, verbal, and sexual abuse.


My practice at Safe Harbor offers Christian counseling which is gospel centered and grace based, and provides the opportunity to integrate a biblical framework and understanding of the world with effective, compassionate, and evidence based treatment.


My clinical work draws heavily from cognitive behavioral and reality therapies, and focuses on understanding an individual's story. I am a strong believer in the redemptive work of Jesus Christ; that He loves to enter our messy and broken lives to bring about healing to us and our relationships.






Meet our counselors



Nikki is the Regional Director for Safe Harbor Christian Counseling of Asheville.  She practices as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist in the state of North Carolina. 


Nikki received her Master of Arts in Community Counseling with a dual emphasis in Addictions and Marriage and Family Therapy from Appalachian State University in Boone, NC in 2002. She earned her undergraduate degree in Human Services from Montreat College in Montreat, NC in 1998.

Will Troutman, LCMHC

I believe that we all have those moments in life where we feel we are at a crossroads. Some might call it “feeling stuck”, others may go as far to say they feel hopeless. That’s why I believe counseling is such a vital service and truly believe in the value of a therapeutic experience.  My goal is to foster a safe, non-judgmental and hospitable environment where clients can engage in a process of working through issues that are causing them distress. My desire is to meet each client where they are and develop a therapeutic relationship to support their ongoing growth. My approach is centered on integrating the truth we find in psychology with biblically based principles, as I’m led by the Holy Spirit. 


My experience has been exclusive to private practice and have been practicing since 2010. My style is eclectic and creative. I try to adapt my approach depending on the client, and I draw from a number of different modalities. I have experience and training with theories such as CBT, person centered, family systems, existential and REBT. I’m trained in Prepare and Enrich, a marital assessment and have experience assessing ADHD.


Will graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2000 with a bachelors in psychology and received my MA in counseling from Columbia International University in 2011.  He practices as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the State of North Carolina.


Will is married to his beautiful wife Sarah, and they have a dog named Lucy.  He spends most of his free time hanging out with them, but also enjoys  good comedy, the arts, tennis, golf, and any sport related to The University of South Carolina.

Megan Russ, LCMHC, LCASA

Meg Russ is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist Associate. She is a board-certified counselor through the National Board for Certified Counselors. Meg is a graduate of Liberty University where she earned her Masters degree in Professional Counseling. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a Bachelor of Science in Human Services through Montreat College, and she has an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education.


Meg has experience with helping others with PTSD, ODD, DMDD, grief and loss, anger, trauma, addiction, anxiety, abuse, and depression, among other issues. She works collaboratively with clients to develop goals and a plan to meet those goals. Meg has experience working in hospital psychiatric units, day treatment, intensive in-home, domestic violence shelters, children’s homes, substance abuse treatment centers, and outpatient therapy. Meg helps people on their unique journey to better health by bringing a unique edge to her counseling services as she integrates Biblical principles into her counseling sessions.


We are all on a journey. Sometimes the journey seems unbearable and we need a little bit of help. The journey of life is not meant to be walked alone. She strongly believes in Galatians 6:2 which says, “Carry one another’s burdens; in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ.” 




Counseling is a way for you to allow a caring professional to help carry your burdens. Meg will meet you where you are at on your journey and walk alongside you. 


Meg enjoys running, hiking, working out, Broadway plays, and producing marketing videos. She enjoys travel and spending time with family and friends. 

Alex Reynolds, LMFT

My goal as a Christian Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist is to walk alongside my clients and work together to effectively respond to the changes and trials they face. For each client, I pray that, through the power of the Holy Spirit, he or she will also be built up and encouraged according to their needs and will also be equipped to persevere with enduring joy and love both against sin and through suffering. I believe we were all created by a sovereign, gracious, and loving God who knows both who we are and what we experience, and he can use therapy as a way to bless and sanctify us for our good and his glory. I utilize an integrative and collaborative approach to therapy, using information and methodologies from psychological research including theories and interventions from therapy models such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Family Systems, and Emotion Focused Therapy as well as Biblical principles and truths.


Alex Reynolds is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in the state of North Carolina. He earned his Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Counseling from Reformed Theological Seminary in Jackson, Mississippi in 2013 and his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Berry College in Rome, Georgia in 2008. Alex has been practicing therapy in a variety of settings over the past six years with individuals, couples, and families. He has provided mental health treatment for issues such as anxiety, depression, trauma, relational problems, and family stress. Alex and his wife were born and raised in Georgia and moved their family from Mississippi to Asheville in 2014.  Alex is a father of three and in his spare time enjoys hobbies such as tennis, soccer, and running, playing the guitar and drums, writing music and singing, and he also loves the outdoors and creative arts.

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