Richard Garzarelli was born to American parents in Linz, Austria, and was raised in Italy, Germany and the U.S. He earned two masters degrees, one in Program Evaluation and Applied Social Research from Hahnemann University in Philadelphia, PA, and another in Contemplative Psychotherapy/ Counseling Psychology from Naropa University in Boulder, CO. In addition, he has an undergraduate degree from West Chester University where he majored in Psychology and double-minored in Business and Art. He has completed numerous trainings and certifications in career and business development, entrepreneurship, personal and executive life coaching, and specialized areas of psychology, including: communications; mindfulness; positive psychology; applied systems and integral theory; and emotional/ social literacy and intelligence.
Richard is licensed by the North Carolina Psychology Board as a Psychological Associate (LPA, masters-level Psychologist) and a Health Services Provider (HSP). He is certified both as a Career Development Facilitator (GCDF, international certification) and a Distance Credentialed Counselor (DCC, best practices for remote/virtual counseling and coaching). He has founded three businesses: Insight Counseling Center, PLLC; Center for Meaningful Work, LLC and Inevitable Grace Inc. which is a commercial real estate investment company.
Richard’s passion for helping people and organizations create meaningful work and live with intention and authenticity has developed over his 35 year career. As a psychotherapist, he observed how clients presenting with depression, anxiety, addiction, or conflict in relationships were often struggling to find and create meaning and purpose in life. In working with businesses, he saw how organizational structures greatly influence individuals, and how that influence, positive or negative, ultimately affected the sustainability of a system as well as the bottom line.
In working with individuals and corporate clients, Richard integrates a cross-disciplinary approach. The spectrum of focus ranges from the practical to the visionary. From business planning and strategic decision analysis, to personal and organizational visioning, Richard holds a big picture with an eye toward the immediate and measurable. His coaching and consulting style is personable, provocative and practical.
Richard has worked with thousands of individuals, and numerous organizational and corporate clients. In addition, he has counseled several hundred couples and provided marital, family and group counseling and consultation to a wide variety of people. He has started and developed programs fostering support for terminally ill patients and their families. In addition, he has done extensive program development and evaluation in the treatment of domestic violence, substance abuse, chronic mental impairment, and abuse-reactive, conduct-disordered adolescents.
In the private business sector, Richard has consulted with work-teams striving to resolve conflict and improve cohesion and effectiveness. He has a strong interest, and applies his skills to explore, define and implement therapeutic and healing principles in work and residential communities. His coaching and consulting clients have included non-profit organizations, educational facilities, medical and mental health systems, insurance companies, manufacturers, start-ups and solopreneurs. He brilliantly integrates psychological, organizational and spiritual theories and practices to orchestrate whole-life working and living.
Therapy, coaching and consulting services are provided face- to- face in the Asheville office, on-site with clients at their location, and/or virtually, via the web and tele-communications.
Richard lives in Asheville, NC, with his wife and two daughters.