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Eating Disorders

Child / Adolescent Therapy


Conduct Disorders


Domestic Violence

Grief Counseling

Life Coaching

Personality Disorders
Couples Therapy

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. 

Ryan Corley

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

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.

Chayah Stoneberg

Heather Bennet, M.S. / (Intern)

Hello, my name is Heather. My goal was to make sense of my own reality and through self-discovery, I realized that I could use my life experiences to help others. I have experience working with children, adolescents, and adults, who fight to control conditions that range from depression & anxiety to PTSD & trauma to autism & ADHD. My focus is to help my clients find self-actualization, self-growth, and self-love, while reducing emotional suffering and crippling symptoms caused by mental illness. I utilize a humanistic approach to therapy, animal-assisted therapy, and mindfulness techniques, to help clients find their way. I believe that everyone is unique, and that the past does not define who you are or who you will become in the future. You are in charge of your own fate, do not let anyone else decide who you are. 

I wouldn’t be me if I didn’t add in a few of my favorite quotes,

If you find yourself “down the rabbit hole”, you are not alone because, “we are all mad here”, and “when you can’t look on the bright side, I will sit with you in the dark”. 

I will help guide you to who you want to be, “there is no use going back to yesterday, because you were a different person back then”. 

~Alice in Wonderland


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.

Trever Hughart

L. Ashley Turner LPC


She is a native of Kershaw County. She started working with children in 2004 in the school setting. In 2015, she expand her education to included clinical counseling. She has experience with children 3 and older, couples, families, young adults, and adults with special needs, emotional issues, trauma, ADHD, and aggressive behaviors. Ashley Turner is a Licensed Professional Counselor and National Board Certified Counselor. She is certified in TF-CBT, mindfulness, and will be obtaining her certification in Equine-Facilitated Psychotherapy and Learning.
Debra Maxwell

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.

Jessica Pena

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.

Kiaya Demonbreun

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.

Kathryn Linich

Michelle Blanding MA, NCC, LPC

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.

Michelle Blanding

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.

Michelle Blanch-Barr

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.

Tarsha Jobe

Donna Cummings LPC 


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!

Devorah Marrus

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.

Robert McCloy
Sally Pitts



Hi, Im glad you are checking out our services I hope you find us to be a good fit.

Here is a little bit about myself and my experiences. I have worked with a variety of populations over the years. I have worked extensively with individuals with substance abuse and addiction

Me and one of our therapy horses, Blanca

problems. I have worked with children with autism or spectrum disorders. I have also worked with clients who are victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. I have worked at in-patient psychiatric , and substance abuse facilities.

I have a Master degree in Rehabilitation counseling, as well as a K-12 teaching certificate for working with children who have special needs. I have been a licensed Professional Counselor since the Mid nineties. I am also a licensed substance abuse counselor.
I have recently begun to offer Equine Assisted psychotherapy.

My counseling approach is based on my prior experience in working with a large variety of clients and client needs. This predisposes me to use an eclectic style of counseling. I try to meet the client where they are at. Together, we will explore your emotional needs, your current situations and your options. I would like to help you grow as an individual and assist you in developing skills to cope with what is right in front of you

  • Chronic Illness / Disability

  • Substance Abuse

  • Victims of Domestic violence

  • LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) Issues

  • Life Purpose / Meaning / Inner-Guidance

    Therapeutic Counseling Tools

    Cognitive Challenging
    Values Clarification
    Women's Issues
    Self AdvocacyAutism and Spectrum Disorders Cognitive Refocusing

    Cognitive Reframing Communication Skills Exploration of Emotions Interpersonal Resolutions, Supportive Reflection

    I do hope you will let assist you in this journey that is your life.

Tina Turnipseed NCC, LPC

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 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. 


Kira L. Mendoza M.S., CPRT, LPCA

Olivia Sitton

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