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. 

Addictions

Eating Disorders

Child / Adolescent Therapy

 

Conduct Disorders

ADHD

Domestic Violence

Grief Counseling

Life Coaching

Personality Disorders
 

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.

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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.

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Emily Snead, Ed.S, LPC/A, NCC

Are you feeling off or out of sorts? On the surface, you may appear to be functioning normally, but on the inside, you feel anxious, depressed, or disconnected. Perhaps you're dealing with challenges such as meaninglessness, feeling lost, or alone. I've found that the most uplifting and healing experiences in our lives occur when we are fully open and exposed to another person and in turn, feel fully accepted for who we are. In my profession, I place high importance on my clients' autonomy and believe you are the expert on your own life.

 

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Experimental Psychology and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a major concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Carolina. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC/A) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have experience working with adolescents and young adults who are confronting a range of life issues such as identity challenges, self-worth, depression, anxiety, interpersonal concerns, and existential concerns. Clients that approach me with doubt and curiosity are treated with warmth and acceptance. What matters is that you may be recognized for who you truly are under the surface without feeling judged. I am looking forward to hearing from you and being part of your journey.

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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.

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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 Thriveworks 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!

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Jessica Pena Phd, PsyD, MEd, CSC, 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.

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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 boyfriend and their friends, as well as with her dog. She is Native to Columbia, SC. When she is not at Thriveworks, Kiaya works as a Medical Assistant/ Scribe.

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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.

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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.

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Michelle Blanch-Barr LISW

Are you feeling off or out of sorts? On the surface, you may appear to be functioning normally, but on the inside, you feel anxious, depressed, or disconnected. Perhaps you're dealing with challenges such as meaninglessness, feeling lost, or alone. I've found that the most uplifting and healing experiences in our lives occur when we are fully open and exposed to another person and in turn, feel fully accepted for who we are. In my profession, I place high importance on my clients' autonomy and believe you are the expert on your own life.

 

I received my Bachelor of Science degree in Experimental Psychology and Education Specialist (Ed.S.) degree with a major concentration in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of South Carolina. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC/A) and a National Certified Counselor (NCC). I have experience working with adolescents and young adults who are confronting a range of life issues such as identity challenges, self-worth, depression, anxiety, interpersonal concerns, and existential concerns. Clients that approach me with doubt and curiosity are treated with warmth and acceptance. What matters is that you may be recognized for who you truly are under the surface without feeling judged. I am looking forward to hearing from you and being part of your journey.

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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.

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Devorah Marrus LMFT Intern, LPCA 

 

Leonard Cohen once said that "There is a crack in everything, that's how the light gets in."  It is my belief that we humans are all perfectly imperfect- it is often through our struggles and challenges that we have the power and opportunity to find our strength, courage, growth and purpose in life. I was trained as a marriage, family and couples counselor at the USC Counselor Education Program.I am also currently training to receive my play therapy certification.  I am passionate about helping individuals and couples work collaboratively through their challenges and seeing their problems from new perspectives. I am trained and versed in several modalities including narrative, existential and CBT. Additionally, I am currently training to become a Gottman certified counselor. 

A little bit about me:

I grew up in NJ and after getting married to a Rabbi, relocated to Columbia SC where we have been for the last 13 + years. Our children were all born here and I have taught at the Cutler Jewish Day School for many years. In my free time, I love  organizing, reading, going to the beach and eating out at restaurants. I believe my years in a  community leadership position has given me much exposure, experience and a vision of how I can be most helpful to those I have the privilege of counseling. I look forward to riding through this journey called life with you!

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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.

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Robert McCloy LPC /LPCA

Everyone needs help sometimes, I know I do.  Though we may feel alone at times, the fact is we are in this together.  The goal to grow and develop a greater sense of wellness on the continuum of well-being is one that we share.

 

I am a husband & father, military veteran, educator, and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate.  My clinical approach is client centered, and I will use the theoretical approach that best fits you.  I aim to  help you manage anxiety, depression, & grief; enhance your self-regulation & control; process and let go of traumatic experiences; resolve the core conflicts of your spirit & support you in identifying your feelings & needs; increase the effectiveness of your communication; improve your sense of well-being; inform your parenting & develop a behavior plan to support your child.  I also hope to help you with relationship issues.

 

Life is too short, don’t avoid handling the issues that hold you back.  I’ve been there, and I am here for you.

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Kira L. Skelton Mendoza M.S., CPRT (Intern)

“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. 

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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."

 

William Key MS, PsyD (Intern)

The world is a wonderful place, but sometimes we struggle. I am here to help with those struggles. I am William Key, and I am a pre-licensed psychologist who has worked with veterans, children, and the mentally ill. The key to happiness and healthy life is to be your best self because everyone else is taken. I can help you be your best self and help you understand your present and cherish your future. Life is a gift, and I am here to help you enjoy it.

I have experience in life and academics. I have a wife and two children. I was in the United States Army for 12 years. I worked with refugees and victims of war. I have been helping and communicating with people my whole life and trying to build a better world. I want to help you build the best world for you, and we can do that together.

A person fell in a hole. It was filled with depression, trauma, and anxiety. They could not get out. Some people lower ropes to try and help, but it did not work. I saw the hole and jumped in. The person in the hole says, "there is no way out." I said, "do not worry, I have been in this hole before, and I know how to get out."

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