Mariana received her B.S. in Business Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill in 1986.  Upon graduation from her undergraduate program, Mariana began a two-decade career with First Union/Wachovia Bank, first as a branch manager and then primarily as a corporate training designer and facilitator.  She specialized in designing training in the areas of sales, service, management coaching, and teamwork.

Asheville Counseling and Training Services, Inc.

Mariana's  counseling orientation is grounded in a biblical worldview, and is informed by a variety of counseling theories, models, and fields of study, including: Client-Centered, Cognitive-Behavioral, Transactional Analysis, Family Systems, Learning Competence (Burch), the Change Model (Satir), Psychosocial Development (Erikson), temperament (Keirsey), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and neuropsychology. 

Mariana has more than 21 years of counseling experience, and is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselors ( She has more than 20 years of corporate banking and business training experience.  She is a member of several professional organizations,  including the Licensed Professional Counselors Association of North Carolina and the American Association of Christian Counselors.  Mariana is married and lives in Asheville, North Carolina.

During her career at the bank, Mariana pursued and received her Master of Arts degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary in Charlotte, N.C., graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2001.  She continued to have a dual career in banking and counseling until 2006, working for the bank and as managing partner and professional counselor with Carolinas Counseling Group of Charlotte, Inc.  Her primary focus now is counseling and related teaching opportunities.

Provider with

BlueCross BlueShield of NC

Mariana R. Glass, MA, LCMHC is owner and sole practitioner of Asheville Counseling and Training Services, Inc. ("ACTS, Inc."), a North Carolina Professional Corporation.  ACTS, Inc. is a private practice located on Beaverdam Road, in the north Asheville area of North Carolina.

"I work from the perspective that the Triune God is the source of healing, growth, and spiritual liberty for people, who He created in His image.  I strive to demonstrate His love and truth by interacting with my clients with respect, integrity, and compassion - regardless of their worldview and faith beliefs.   For those clients who desire interaction within the biblical context, I specialize in helping them understand and apply Scripture to the experiences and challenges of their daily living.  Whatever the client's perspective, my goal is to provide sound clinical expertise with genuine care for each client as we collaborate for their health and well-being."