Adina Arden Cooper

I love people’s stories.

They usually come to me all wadded up like a tangled mass of yarn. I enjoy helping people tease out the strands so they can make sense of their story, make sense of themselves and of life. It’s not an easy process, but it is incredibly beautiful and undeniably liberating.

I’m Adina Arden Cooper, Counselor, Coach, artist, writer, mother, healer, spiritual seeker, explorer of mind and mystery…

I’ve been helping people professionally for over twenty years. 

Along the way, I discovered my unique gifts and developed a holistic approach to mental health that offers deep healing. The work I do addresses the subconscious. I incorporate somatic strategies, expressive arts and visualization. When appropriate, I facilitate divination and ritual practices. I work with ancestral trauma as well as other incarnations.

All of this serves the evolution of the soul. 

My journey of self-actualization began early in childhood. I’ve been discovering how to wield the superpower of sensitivity my entire life. Though it took me a while to realize it, I’ve always been on a path of compassion. I’m here to serve. I’m a witness and a facilitator of personal growth and discovery–I consider myself a Shadow Guide. This means I support people as they excavate what lies hidden in their unconscious minds and bring it into the light of consciousness.

“Everyone carries a shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is…To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light.” ~ Carl Jung

I appreciate how threads of my story relate to the stories of my clients, which also interlace with each other. There is a magical interconnectedness that weaves us all together. I’m amazed by the resilience of the human spirit and the capacity for struggle to transform into strength.


 B.A. English Literature/Photography, SUNY Buffalo (1997)

MA.Ed Counseling, Western Carolina University (2003)

Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (2006)

Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing Certification (2018)

Integrative Health Coach training, Duke Integrative Medicine (2020)

Internal Family Systems (IFS Level 1 2022)

Mindfulness Instructor Certification (2014)

National Board Certified Teacher (2012)

Accredited Triple P Parenting Program Facilitator (2017)

Additional certifications: Life Coaching, Art Therapy

“Stories are like spiderwebs, which man gets himself all tangled up in but which look pretty when you see them under a leaf in the morning dew, and in the elegant way that they connect to one another, each to each.”

~Neil Gaiman

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