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Jennifer Howell(She/Her/Hers)

Psychologist, PhD
Anxiety -Chronic pain-Communication issues- Relationship issues-Insomnia & sleep issues- Trauma-

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Professional statement

Dr. Jennifer Howell has over 10 years of experience in providing effective, evidence-based treatment to adults and couples. She has received expert training and certification in CBT and ACT-based treatments for trauma, anxiety, depression, insomnia, chronic pain, and relationship issues. Dr. Howell's professional experience includes serving as a predoctoral intern at the Lexington, KY VAMC, a postdoctoral resident at the VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System in Hawaii, a staff psychologist at the National Center for PTSD, and a staff psychologist and Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Co-Coordinator at the Charleston VA Medical Center. Further, Dr. Howell has received expert training in Integrative Behavioral Couple Therapy (IBCT) and in several partner-assisted approaches for couples coping with PTSD, chronic illness, and caregiving dynamics.

Dr. Howell approaches every client with openness and curiosity--she believes everyone is unique and that treatment must be tailored to the individual for it to be effective. Successful therapy is a team effort between the therapist and the client--and as such, Dr. Howell prioritizes creating a comfortable environment where clear communication and trust are established. Dr. Howell has years of experience in implementing effective treatment in a virtual format, finding that it makes therapy more accessible for individuals with young children, busy jobs, and/or transportation limitations. She is based in Asheville, NC, licensed in NC and HI, and a member of PSYPACT, allowing her to provide virtual services individuals and couples living in 32 states of the U.S.

PLEASE NOTE: due to insurance credentialing rules, Dr. Howell can only accept insurance for patients living in NC and HI; patients in all other states are private pay. All couple therapy sessions are private pay regardless of location.

Message to clients

I believe the best outcome of therapy is graduating from therapy--due to accomplishing goals and genuinely feeling better. It is important to me to help my clients understand exactly where they are in the therapy process, the reasoning behind the treatment work we do, and to feel safe discussing any obstacles to treatment progress with me. At the conclusion of treatment, I want my clients to be able to enjoy life in the ways that are important to them. Collaboration, humor, forthrightness, and authenticity are cornerstones of my interpersonal style in the therapy space. I encourage all prospective clients to reach out for a free consultation so we can explore how we can work together.

Work and Education

Years of Experience: 12 years

Evidence-Based Psychotherapy of Western North Carolina, PLLC, Owner/Psychologist
Charleston, SC VA Medical Center, Staff Psychologist & Evidence-Based Psychotherapy Co-Coordinator
Hawaii Psychological Services, Inc., Psychologist
National Center for PTSD, VAPIHCS Division, Psychologist
VA Pacific Islands Healthcare System, Resident
Lexington, KY VA Medical Center, Intern

University of Tennessee--Knoxville, Ph.D., 2012
University of Tennessee--Knoxville, M.A., 2009
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.A., 2006


North Carolina: 6021 - Hawaii: PSY-1429 - Alabama: 12190 - Arizona: 12190 - Arkansas: 12190 - Colorado: 12190 - Connecticut: 12190 - Delaware: 12190 - Washington DC: 12190 - Georgia: 12190 - Idaho: 12190 - Illinois: 12190 - Indiana: 12190 - Kansas: 12190 - Kentucky: 12190 - Maine: 12190 - Maryland: 12190 - Minnesota: 12190 - Missouri: 12190 - Nebraska: 12190 - Nevada: 12190 - New Hampshire: 12190 - New Jersey: 12190 - Ohio: 12190 - Oklahoma: 12190 - Pennsylvania: 12190 - Tennessee: 12190 - Texas: 12190 - Utah: 12190 - Virginia: 12190 - West Virginia: 12190 - Wisconsin: 12190 - Washington: 12190




Anxiety - Coping with excessive worry, nervousness, or stress; intense discomfort in social settings (social anxiety); sudden and intense feelings of panic (panic disorder)

Chronic pain - Managing the biological, psychological, and emotional aspects of pain

Communication issues - Developing effective interpersonal skills in relationships withpartners, families, and co-workers; using healthy methods of communication to convey needs and respond to others

Relationship issues - Understanding one’s wants and needs in relationships; exploring patterns of interaction, addressing concerns, and strengthening satisfaction in relationships and dating

Insomnia & sleep issues - Exploring ways to improve sleep patterns, develop healthy sleep hygiene, master relaxation techniques, manage stressors, reduce worrying, and address insomnia

Trauma - Coping and healing after threatening or scary events, such as witnessing accidents or experiencing sexual, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse


  • Adults (24+)
  • Couples
  • Parents
  • Seniors (65+)
  • Young adults (18-24)

Locations & Hours


  • Aetna (in-network in NC, HI)
  • All Savers Insurance Company (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Allied Benefit Systems (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Blue Cross Blue Shield (in-network in NC)
  • Cigna (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Harvard Pilgrim (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Meritain Health (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Nippon Life Benefits (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Optum (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Oscar Health (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Oxford Health Plans (in-network in NC, HI)
  • Surest (formerly Bind) (in-network in NC, HI)
  • UMR (in-network in NC, HI)
  • United Healthcare (in-network in NC, HI)
  • United Healthcare Shared Services (in-network in NC, HI)
  • United Healthcare Student Health Plan (in-network in NC, HI)

Out-of-pocket fees

  • Individual sessions:$170 (55min)
  • Initial session:$170 (55min)
  • Couples sessions:$220 (55min)

Additional session information

Out-of-network billing options

This provider can support you in getting reimbursement from your insurance company if you are seeking out-of-network reimbursement. Here are the out-of-network billing options they provide:

  • Super billing
Payment options
  • Credit Card
  • Debit Card
Session frequency

Frequency of sessions this provider offers to see clients once you are an established client.

  • Weekly
  • Every other week
Therapist's note



Client testimonials

"Dr. Howell is an excellent evidence based psychologist. I've only had two sessions and I already feel comfortable with her and feel like I'm on the road to progress."
- Zencare client December 2022