Mariel Epstein Olsen (LCSW, LCAS) Director of Counseling and Wellness

Mariel's (she/her) formal training includes a bachelor's degree from Warren Wilson* and an MSW from the University of Georgia, with significant additional training in clinical social work and addictions treatment.  Mariel is a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist as well as a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Mariel's work experience includes serving as a Community Health Educator for Planned Parenthood, providing therapy in a residential substance abuse treatment center, community mental health agencies, various schools, and running her own private practice.  Mariel loves road trips, books, delicious vegetarian food, and her family.

Mariel supervises both the Counseling Center and Warren Wilson's Wellness program, and generally is not available for regular sessions.  Mariel is a great starting point for folks who are unsure where to begin with the therapy process, and is also happy to help book Wellness and mental health programs, trainings, and events.  The best way to get in touch with Mariel is to email [email protected]

*Evidence of Mariel's time serving as a Health Center crew member for part of her time at WWC is still visible via a handprint on one of the painted cabinets in the Health Center.  Yup, she is that Mariel, and that is her handprint from back in the day!



Rachel Keefe (LCSW) 

Rachel (she/her) graduated with her B.A. In Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and her MSW from Western Carolina University. Her previous experience as a hairstylist has provided her with years of listening to her clients, which led her to her profession today. Since starting her career, Rachel has worked at Helpmate, Asheville's intimate partner violence shelter, and YWCA of Asheville. She has her Beck Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Certification. She enjoys assisting clients in exploring who they want to be and discovering the best options for their lives. In her free time, Rachel enjoys spending time with friends, reading, her cat, swimming, and canoeing.

Michael Fagan, LPC

Michael (he/him) is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addiction Specialist in private practice in Asheville. He has a BA in Philosophy from University of Notre Dame  and a MS in Counseling from Western Carolina University. He is the owner of Second Spring Counseling where he provides Mental Health and Substance Use Services in Asheville. Michael has worked in both residential and a variety of outpatient settings as a therapist and supervisor and he has been an adjunct instructor for the Western Carolina University Masters degree Counseling Program. He enjoys travelling, playing guitar/ukulele, growing plants, riding bikes and hiking in the mountains.



Katie Costanzo, MSW intern
Katie Costanzo (she/they) is a graduate student at Western Carolina University getting her masters in social work. She is interning in the Wellness department and the Counseling Center at Warren Wilson. Katie has worked in mental health, community organizing and nature connection. She is excited about weaving together relationship to the natural world, healing and working to dismantle systems of domination and oppression within the individual and the collective. She likes to rock climb, get lost in the woods, garden, write poetry and build community.  To schedule an appointment with Katie, email Mariel at [email protected] 
If you do not see a time that works for you with any of our WWC counselors, please consider utilizing Timely Care, our free telehealth service. they have counselors available 24/7! Another feature of Timely Care is the ability to select providers based on specialty and identity.  Students are able to take advantage of Timely Care over breaks as well as during the school year.