WCMS’ Healthy Healer Program Announces New Therapist

May 20, 2021

Asheville, NC Western Carolina Medical Society (WCMS) and the Healthy Healer Program are pleased to announce the addition of Frederick Murphy, LCMHC as a participating therapist.

Mr. Murphy holds masters’ degrees in transformative leadership and counseling and has 15 years of experience in behavioral and mental health. His areas of focus include stress, anxiety, depression, self-esteem, coping skills and life transitions. Mr. Murphy is based in Charlotte and will conduct his counseling sessions via video or telephone. In accordance with Healthy Healer Program requirements, all sessions will be entirely confidential.

“I am excited to join the Healthy Healer Program's dynamic support system as a mental health professional,” says Mr. Murphy, “My goal is to assist those who participate reach their desired outcome by providing healthy interventions while working through past and present challenges." 


WCMS launched the Healthy Healer Program in 2017 to address burnout and mental health among physicians and to promote wellness in medical providers. The Healthy Healer Program offers advocacy, education, counseling, coaching, connectivity and other resources to support wellbeing and is available to all WCMS members. The counseling is completely anonymous and confidential and the licensed therapists and psychiatrists have been vetted and are knowledgeable about provider burnout and skilled to work with medical providers. Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Healthcare Foundation and support from AdventHealth, WCMS members are eligible for up to 12 free confidential therapy sessions in 2021.

“WCMS first met Mr. Murphy during a MAHEC forum on Mental Health and the Black patient,” says Miriam Schwarz, executive director of WCMS. “After talking with him several times, we knew that Frederick would be a great addition to our Healthy Healer Program, and we are so pleased that he’s joining us.”


The Western Carolina Medical Society’s mission is to advocate for healthy communities, increase access to affordable healthcare, fight health inequities, and promote wellness in WNC. Since 1885, WCMS has been highly respected for its leadership and innovation in addressing issues of access to affordable health care, disparities in health, and wellness promotion. Throughout its history, WCMS has been at the forefront of working collaboratively with area organizations to address the health challenges facing our community’s residents.

For more information about the Western Carolina Medical Society contact Miriam Schwarz, CEO/Executive Director at 828-274-2267 or ceo@mywcms.org or visit www.mywcms.org.

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