Our Individual Therapist
HillCrest Comprehensive Psychological Services has licensed professionals who specialize in various areas of therapy. From sex and drug addictions to relationship and couples counseling, HillCrest is the company to serve and enhance your behavioral health.
Child / Adolescent Therapy
Ryan Corley LISW-CP
Life can be rough, and these days nobody can do everything on their own. Bearing that in mind, why not seek help for the things that have been really bothering you. If you struggle with out-of-control thoughts, wildly swaying emotions, poor self-esteem or the inability to make changes... I'm here to help. I’ve spent the majority of my adult life helping people at their lowest points, and I would like the chance to help you, too. I have training and knowledge in many various treatment modalities, which allows me to blend them all in unique ways to structure treatment especially for you.
If you’re ready to make some changes but just can’t get there on your own, give me a try. I work with people from all ages, cultures, sexual backgrounds (LGBT Friendly), socio economic classes and backgrounds; and do my best to ensure a safe, comforting atmosphere where you don’t feel judged just for being yourself.
James Fanning Med, LPC
James has spent years helping people identify what may be wrong in their lives and helping them develop a plan to address these problems. He has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from USC School of Medicine. He is licensed by the state of South Carolina as a Professional Counselor. He also has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from USC. James holds the designation of GCDF, Global Career Development Facilitator, so he can help with career decisions. In addition, James is a National Board Certified Teacher/Counselor. James has spent the last 15 years working in High Schools and Middle Schools, while maintaining a Private Clinical Practice.
He has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults concerning behavior, mental health and substance abuse issues. Prior to working in schools, James worked at a multitude of mental health agencies with all populations including, Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsel, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Columbia Metro Treatment Center, and Three Rivers Treatment Center. James’s counseling theory is Solution Focused (what we need to do to feel better and how are we going to do it). Identifying these two items is the goal of therapy. James believes that the therapist/clinician relationship is paramount to success. Whatever the issues may be, there is definitely a process to address the issue and be happy and satisfied with life.James loves spending time with his two teen aged children and his wife of 23 years.
Brianna Drake, M.S., LPCA
Not sure where to start but sure you need help? You're already taking your first step in receiving the help you need. Therapy can be an intimidating process for some, and my intention is to make the process as easy and rewarding as possible. I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I received my master's degree in clinical psychology from the University of South Carolina-Aiken. I come from both a humanistic and clinical background, so my focus with clients is to incorporate the "whole person" meaning we will work together to identify all areas of life that are being affected by your concerns. My interests lie in working as a team to address concerns in a way that meets all of your needs. I have worked with many different populations and ages with my most recent experience being an inpatient/outpatient therapist working with adults and children in crisis. I take pride in creating a LGBTQIA+ friendly space that welcomes all individuals of various backgrounds and identities. My goal is to help individuals feel valued, understood, and safe.
In my free time, I enjoy browsing flea markets, hiking, and an occasional "nerd" binge. I enjoy spending time with my friends and family as often as I can. As a therapist, I enjoy using my time to research new trends and keep myself updated on the most current ideas and discussions within the psychology world. If you are interested in taking steps toward the therapy process, I look forward to being there with you along the way!
Trever Hughart EDS, LPCA, NCC
Life can get us down sometimes and that's okay. My goal as a counselor is to be there for you on this road we call life. Whether it's a transitional period in your life, struggling with decision making, family issues, or feel like no one understands you, I am here to listen to you. I hope to help you explore and reconnect with the best version of yourself or who you want to be. Together we can develop resiliency in your life and celebrate your success along the way!
At the end of day, it is okay to feel this way and want to talk to someone. When it comes to therapy, there is is no one size fits all. I work to tailor my treatment goals and interventions to the individual and work together in a collaborative relationship. You are the expert of your life and I aim to walk with you on that journey.
Reaching out can be difficult, but you have already taken the first step. Therapy is a non-judgmental space and I look forward to learning more about you and how I can help you meet your goals.
Debra Maxwell LPC NCC
In stressful times like these, we can all benefit from additional support in our lives, Therapy can be a stepping stone for living your best life, and we at Hillcrest excel in providing services to that end. For over 27 years I have learned, listened, and shared knowledge that I would be privileged to bring to you during your own journey. Born in Kentucky, I moved from Colorado several years ago to South Carolina. I earned my masters degree in clinical psychology from Middle Tennessee State in 1996 and have enjoyed a variety of work experiences over the years. Some of my areas of experience include:
Borderline personality | Codependency | Life Balance and Self Care
Family of Origin Dynamics | Boundary Communication Difficulties
DBT Relationship Issues | Resolving Trauma
Anxiety/Stress Mindfulness | Couples Counseling
Phase of Life Challenges | Depression | Cognitive Distortions
Ms. Maxwell provides sessions on Saturdays and some evenings in a casual atmosphere. If you are ready to start or continue your life's journey, then know I will work as hard as you to achieve the happiness and wholeness you deserve...and maybe share some smiles along the way!
Jessica Pena Phd, PsyD, MEd, CSC, CEIP-MH, LPC, LAC, LPC-S
Dr. Pena has over 20 years of experience working with children, adolescents, couples, families, and adults with special needs and emotional issues. Dr. Pena-Cabana is trained as a National Certified Forensic Counselor (NAFC) and also in CBT, DBT, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution focused, Play therapy, Grief and Loss, PTSD, and trauma. She is a member of AASECT/ Sex Therapist. She has work as a Clinical Director, Therapist, and Professor in NYC, Texas, and South Carolina. Dr. Pena-Cabana has the experience and ability to work with children with Autism, ADD/ADHD, oppositional behaviors, Anger Management, and trauma.
Additionally, she provides therapy and supervision for Parenting, Grief and Loss, and Behavioral Problems and Families suffering from PTSD . Dr. Pena was trained in a Military setting to work with those suffering from various forms of PTSD, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, and Depression. She is socially sensitive and able to work with diverse populations, including those who are monolingual Spanish, recent immigrants, and the LGBT population. Dr. Pena-Cabana has traveled extensively and has chosen South Carolina to be her home. She loves to travel, help people, and spend time with her family.
Kiaya Demonbreun LPC
Kiaya Demonbreun received her B.A. In Anthroplogy at Wake Forest University. She earned a Master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Kiaya is committed to working with adults, children, couples, and families from all population groups. She is committed to gaining knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to aid others in improving their life quality. Kiaya aspires to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.
Kiaya enjoys spending her leisure time with her husband and their friends, as well as with her dog. She is Native to Columbia, SC. When she is not at Hillcrest, Kiaya is with her family.
Kathryn Linich EdS, NCC, LPC, PHD
Kathryn (who goes by Katy) is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of South Carolina and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) from the National Board of Certified Counselors. She earned her BA degree in Psychology from Clemson University, and went on to complete her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in marriage, couples, and family counseling, from the University of South Carolina. In addition to working as a counselor.
She has worked with many different populations and all ages. Her most recent and extensive work experience is as an outpatient family therapist with children ages 4-18. However, she also has experience and specialized training in working with adults and couples. She also spent over a year with the SC Commission for the Blind, helping consumers process their adjustment to life with a visual impairment. She works hard to create an open, easy-going, and honest environment where clients feel they are valued and understood. Katy sees past the surface to appreciate and build on the strengths of every client. In her (rare and precious) free time, Katy can be found listening to true crime/investigative journalism podcasts, snuggling with her dog, trying new recipes, and/or traveling for conferences and visits to loved ones.
Michelle Blanding MA, NCC, LPCA
The journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step. I’m glad you’re taking this first step.I have approximately 9 years of experience in working with families, children, adolescents, and adults with varying challenges and mental health diagnoses. I received my bachelor’s degree in Health Science with an emphasis in public health/epidemiology from Morris College in Sumter, SC. I received my master’s degrees Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Webster University in Columbia, SC. While at Webster.
I’m interested in a wide range of mental health concerns as I work to provide a safe space for clients to feel comfortable and welcome in sharing their concerns. I also developed my knowledge base working with children, adolescents, and families extensively while working with agencies that provide support to families and children in therapeutic foster care experiencing PTSD from traumatic situations and families experiencing difficulties. I use different types of therapies that may vary based on my client's preference and need including play therapy for the little ones.
I most often use solution focused and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapies with my clients. However, the type of therapy will be tailored on the needs of my client. I have a passion for helping clients find the answers that are within themselves to determine how they want to grow or make change in their lives.
If you are ready, Let’s take the next step in your journey to wellness.
Rayniece Pinckney, M.Ed, Ed.S, LPC
“My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients discover ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I provide my clients with a warm, nonjudgmental environment to warrant that they have a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want. I allow my clients the setting they need to process their thoughts and emotions. I incorporate the techniques within the theories of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy to ensure that each client’s unique needs are met.”
Rayniece completed her BS in Psychology, ’12, with a minor in Religion, and her Master of Education and Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, ’14 at Clemson University. Rayniece specializes in working with children and adolescents but has experience in working with all age groups. She is certified in TF-CBT. She received her clinical training at Hampton PRTF and is licensed by the state of South Carolina as a Licensed Professional Counselor. Rayniece has a professional membership within American Counseling Association (ACA) and is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Tarsha Jobe LPC, NCC
Tarsha Jobe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with been providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, couples and families since 1996. Tarsha has provided therapy services in the home, outpatient mental health facility, inpatient psychiatric facility and in the school setting.
Tarsha has experience counseling, children, adolescents, adults, families and couples. In addition, Tarsha has at least 18 years post master’s degree experience conducting clinical assessments, providing case management services, crisis services and individual/group/family therapy to children, adolescents and adults in an inpatient setting, outpatient setting and in-home setting. Tarsha has a broad and unique base of experience counseling children and adolescents.
Areas of emphasis with children include mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. Tarsha also has significant experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental delays, varying degrees of trauma, various types of physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment and/or neglect and dysfunctional family systems. Tarsha sees adults for a variety of reasons including divorce, relationships, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, etc. Tarsha strives to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to change and grow as well as become reconnected to their strengths and dreams.
Hi! My name is Donna Cummings, and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor, (LPC), in South Carolina. I have held been in practice for over 8 years. Before becoming an LPC, I worked with youth ages 3-21 who had difficulties with attending school, anger management, and other life difficulties. I also worked with families to facilitate a change in negative interactions in the home setting. I have worked with different populations to address anxiety, depression, substance use, domestic violence, and relationship concerns. I believe that having a balanced life with a focus on our physical, mental, social, and professional self-care is the basis for a happy and healthy life.
I love to work with people of all ages and backgrounds, providing culturally appropriate resources to address their concerns. As a Native American, I understand difference in home, community, and social settings that can affect our mental health needs. I want to work with clients and assist them in moving forward adjusting and alleviating concerns they have with daily life activities, to assist them in moving forward and reaching their life goals. I look forward wit working with you!
Sally Pitts LPC
Sally is originally from Washington, DC but moved to Columbia in 2009 to attend University of South Carolina. She has since made Columbia her permanent home after falling in love with the weather, community, and a Columbia native. She received her Masters in Counseling from Wake Forest University and has been working at Thriveworks since 2018.
Sally practices client centered therapy utilizing different specific approaches based on client needs - including CBT, DBT, Mindfulness, and ACT. She believes the client is the foremost expert on themselves. She has worked with clients who struggle with anxiety, depression, PTSD, ADHD, grief, trauma, and emotional dysregulation. She is committed to helping clients separate who they are from the thoughts they struggle with. Sally can help clients reach a place of self compassion and self acceptance in which they can be their most authentic self.
Nancy Winston LISW-CP
Nancy Winston is a Licensed Professional Counselor. Nancy was born and raised in Montgomery, Alabama. Nancy completed her undergraduate degree at Claflin University and her Masters degree from Webster University.
Taking the first step is the hardest when making changes in your life,even when you know it is what is needed. Nancy has been providing therapy for 18 years to children, teens,adults,families and couples. Services have been provided at Mental Health Centers, Family Preservation providing intensive in-home services, Child Advocacy Center, Boys Juvenile Justice Center, University Counseling Center and Private Practice.
Nancy's continued training has afforded her the ability to treat symptoms of PTSD, anxiety, trauma (physical and sexual abuse, domestic violence),grief, depression,ADHD, oppositional behaviors, anger management, family conflicts, low self-esteem, transitioning into adulthood, self-harming symptoms and marital issues.
Nancy is trained to provide CBT, TF-CBT, Mindfulness , Clinical Counseling Gestalt, Behavior Therapy ,Acceptance and Commitment, and Solution Focus.
Nancy is the mother of three boys and grandmother to three grandchildren. She enjoys traveling,reading,spending time with family and cooking.
"I look forward to meeting and working with you towards your steps....one at a time towards healing."
Kira Mendoza MS, CPRT, “The good life is a process, not a state of being. It is a direction, not a destination.” - Carl Rogers.
In this process, we must find our direction to live the good life. Once we find a direction, as humans, we can begin to live as intended, in a “good state of mind.” If I can help you determine your direction through the counseling process, then I have served my purpose, and you have found yours.
I graduated with my BA in arts of psychology from the Internationally University of Florida in 2015. After understanding that what I wanted to do was to help, I began my new career path as a counselor. I am currently a Graduate student in a Master’s program for Clinical Mental Health at Springfield College. As part of the program, I am also completing my Play Therapy and CPRT (Child-Parent Relationship Therapy) certification.
Children live in a complex world made for adults; play is a child’s language, and the toys are their words. Through play therapy, I work alongside the child to help them become self-aware, independent, self-sufficient, focused, tiny humans and help the parents maintain the stability of the children for the family’s being. My focus remains on all family members. Hoping to be able to help families and all their members reach a new level within their relationship.