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Meet Our Team

Reese Palmer, LMFT

Founder/Couples Counselor

Accepting New Self Pay Couples Only

“As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”
– Marianne Williamson

Hi, I am Reese Palmer. I’m a clinical psychotherapist specializing in marriage and family therapy,  I am also a Christian counselor, an entrepreneur, a family life specialist, and a relationship guru. I help children, teens, adults, couples and families with many different challenges such as depression, anxiety, trauma, relationship problems, infidelity and serious conflict.

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Healing The Pain 

As a former Child Welfare professional for over a decade and County Director for the Department of Social Services, I also have direct experience serving those suffering from the heartbreaking effects of trauma. As a Therapist, I have the honor of helping individuals who have survived traumatic experiences such as family violence, sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect. With genuine empathy, non-judgmental interactions and evidence-based approaches. I help others to heal from emotional pain, hopelessness and despair. 

Healthy Relationships

Relationships are the emotional building blocks of our society and our world. Sometimes they can be very difficult and even painful. It takes hard work and effort to nurture safe, secure bonds anchored by trust and lifelong commitment. Using Gestalt, Cognitive Behavioral and Emotionally Focused Therapy, I can help you learn how to effectively identify and express your feelings and needs. I can also help you to heal from toxic or abusive relationships, and understand how to create healthy and safe interpersonal boundaries. I have a very successful track record helping individuals and couples who have experienced severe relationship traumas including infidelity, separation, divorce and intimate partner violence to heal, love and be loved again.

Walking With You

I work really hard to create a safe space for you to explore any negative patterns or behaviors that may be stopping you from enjoying a more abundant life, satisfying career, or healthy relationships. Simply put, I help you to remove any roadblocks keeping you from God’s greater plan and purpose for your life. I also believe it is my job to continuously inspire hope every time we meet. Hope is critical; with it anything is possible. My goal is to provide you with opportunities to dig deep and face difficult, sometimes painful things about your past, your relationships and family that may be keeping you stuck. I strive to help you move beyond negative self-talk or faulty beliefs that keep you from being the best version of yourself.

My Credentials

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (SC License #4674)
  • Master of Marriage and Family Therapy, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Certified Gestalt Therapist, Southern Connecticut State University
  • Bachelor of Science, Communications, Southern Connecticut State University

The Graduate MFT program at SCSU was extremely demanding, and I received hundreds of hours of live 1-way mirror supervision. I was observed by my professors, classmates and clinical supervisors as I conducted therapy sessions and was provided real-time feedback and guidance as part of my clinical training.

I am a Clinical Fellow of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT); a professional association in the field of marriage and family therapy representing more than 50,000 marriage and family therapists throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad.

Although my training and clinical orientation is primarily rooted in family systems theory, I may use many theoretical models and clinical interventions depending on the specific needs of the person, couple or family I am working with. Here are some of the approaches I use often:

  • Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT)
  • Structural Family Therapy
  • Gestalt Therapy
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)

More About Me

Maybe it sounds corny, but I genuinely love helping and seeing people happy. There is no greater feeling in the world than experiencing someone struggle and fight to be free and finally have that long-awaited breakthrough. IT IS AMAZING! For me, it never gets old. I truly believe this work is God’s calling on my life.

I stay very busy as a proud dad to Jessica, Vaughn, Bryson and Bryant Jacob, as well as a devoted husband to VaLisa, the absolute love of my life. I am also an active member and Deacon for my church family. When I am not helping others I love traveling, cycling and being near or in the water. Oh, and dancing, I love to dance!

VaLisa Palmer, MA, LPC, NCC

Co-Founder, Therapist & Life Coach

Currently Accepting Self Pay Clients Only

“At the intersection where your gifts, talents, and abilities meet a human need; therein you will discover your purpose.”
– Aristotle

“It’s never too late to be who you might have been”
– George Elliott

I am so glad you have decided to join this journey with me. I am Christian Counselor, Life, Career and Relationship Coach, who has helped hundreds of individuals improve their lives and create success, that is God-centered and well balanced. In this hectic life, I know how important it is to remain hopeful, encouraged and to understand your purpose. I feel blessed to have found my calling as a Professional Counselor and a Life Coach. I am truly passionate about making a difference in the lives of others.

I’m happily married to my husband Reese and we have four wonderful children. We have also been therapeutic foster parents to several other children over the years.

I enjoy working with families, couples and our “Generation Next” to help them achieve greatness through God’s Promise. One of the scriptures from God’s Word I keep as a personal reminder is Matthew 6:33 “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” I am a firm believer that we should always seek to understand each other and with God’s grace, mercy and forgiveness all things are possible through Christ who strengthens us!

Personal Motto:
“Today I will… Be uplifted. Smile. Open my heart. Love. Laugh. Listen carefully. Rejoice. Be inspired and share it all with others.”

Niya Calderon, LPCS, LAC

Clinical Director, Therapist

Niya Calderon is a licensed professional counselor, Licensed addictions counselor, and supervisor for LPC-interns. She’s provided training facilitation for organizations in both SC and NC with topics in communication, emotional management, leadership, and coping with transitions. Niya is passionate about working with individuals who are in challenging seasons. She thrives on providing encouragement, edifying, and restoring hurt emotions with cognitive change, practical skills, and spirituality to any individual or group she’s working with. Her high energy and relatable sense of humor helps many people stay engaged while working through difficult conversation.

Bogan Avery, MS, LPC

Site Supervisor, Therapist

Hello, my name is Bogan Avery!

I am a certified Licensed Professional Counselor and am also a Christian counselor. I have experience working with a number of issues such as depression, anxiety, family issues, relational issues, anger management, self-harm, bipolar disorder, and autism. I have received my training and Masters degree in Marriage and Family therapy from Harding University. The experiences I had at Harding were and will forever be some of the most life-altering and eye-opening. This is what drives me to continue working with families and individuals in therapy.

As a therapist, I attempt to engage people where they are, as well as challenge them to move in a direction that will offer the change they are looking for within themselves.
Life can often times become muddled, leaving people with difficult questions that no one can answer. It is in these moments that people truly need community. It is in this space between self and community that I strive to work. This space provides a powerful and fertile ground from which to begin the process of growth. In therapy, I combine Experiential, CBT, and Solution Focused techniques with the teachings of the Gospels.

My personal life is full of change and growth. My wife and I recently moved to South Carolina with our little girl in July of 2018. I have been happily married since November
21, 2015, and look forward to continuing to dance through life with my wonderful bride, Raleigh. I am a huge Lord of the Rings nerd, and enjoy many other sci-fi/fantasy novels
such as Harry Potter, Star Wars, and The Eragon Series.

Shanta Jerideau, MA, LPC


“Life is like a camera. Focus on what’s important. Capture the good times. And if things don’t work out, just take another shot.”

–   Ziad K. Abdelnour

Hello. My name is Shanta A. Jerideau and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I studied Clinical Mental Health and Professional Counseling at South University here in Columbia, SC.  As a Professional Counselor, I have experience ranging from homeless services to inpatient rehabilitation. Quite fortunately, the diverse environments have helped me to foster an adaptable therapeutic approach. As with life, nothing is truly one-size fits all. I typically like to integrate experiential therapy, psychotherapy, and mindfulness.

When home, I’m simply Shanta. Wife to an amazing husband, mother to beautiful children, daughter, niece, and friend. I’m an avid coffee drinker and book reader when time lends itself. I also love to find quiet time to enjoy classic black and white films. 

Karly Warren, PsyD, ABPP, CPRP

Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Warren is Available for Psychological Evaluations Only

Hello, my name is Dr. Karly Warren and I am an energetic and ambitious licensed clinical psychologist who is offering comprehensive psychological assessments and psychoeducational assessments to the growing Blythewood and Northeast communities!  I use a variety of tests and diagnostic methods to capture each individual’s profile of strengths and weaknesses. I asses the person’s level of functioning, including attention, memory, learning skills, language skills, nonverbal reasoning, organizational skills and problem solving. I investigate whether the person is experiencing any emotional distress that is severe enough to meet criteria for a formal psychological diagnosis, such as a depressive or an anxiety disorder, and to get a sense of his or her coping skills. The outcome of the assessment is to guide treatment or other supports needed to maximize a person’s ability to function at their best in their environment.  A comprehensive psychological assessment can serve many functions that can be critical in treatment planning. For example, when a child is struggling with behavioral problems and academic difficulties, this could be a result of several factors (e.g., mental health problems, social skills deficits, an undiagnosed learning disability, neuropsychological deficits, ADHD, etc.). The findings of an assessment could help providers and educators better understand the strengths and weaknesses of the individual child and clarify the supports that child needs.

Other areas of assessment include:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Learning Disabilities   (e.g., non verbal learning disability, dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, reading disabilities, math learning disability, disorder of written expression, intellectual disability, etc.)
  • Intellectual Giftedness
  • Diagnostic clarification for psychological disorders (e.g., depression, anxiety, behavioral disorders, bipolar disorder)

If you are wondering if an assessment is appropriate, please contact me to initiate a free phone consultation where we discuss the presenting problems and whether or not an assessment at this time would be appropriate. I may also want to review previous testing and educational records, if available, and request that an intake form be completed. I strive to complete the testing phase where I administer standardized tests or other assessment procedures in one appointment. After testing, we will schedule a feedback meeting where we discuss the results, my impressions, and recommendations. I will also provide you with a detailed psychological assessment report that can be shared with others.  My goal is to is to evaluate the presenting problems from the ground up, in context, to determine the origin of the problem and then to make recommendations that will be useful in managing or solving the problem. I will commit that you will receive a respectful, in depth look at the issue, or significant narrowing down of the potential causes and having a clear sense of what to do next.




Rozanna Tross, PsyD.

Clinical Psychologist

I am a licensed psychologist providing both clinical and forensic evaluations to adults and adolescents.   I began my work in South Carolina in January 2014 working for the South Carolina Department of Mental Health (SCDMH) conducting competency to stand trial, criminal responsibility/capacity to conform, and sexually violent predator risk assessment evaluations.  From 2014 to 2016 I provided supervision for treatment providers as well as ran an interdisciplinary treatment team, which oversaw the development of treatment plans for each inpatient resident and monitored progress on those plans.  I developed and provided training seminars for clinical staff related to understanding sex offenders, assessing and addressing a variety of mental health issues, and implementing appropriate treatment strategies for those issues. In 2015 I developed and ran the assessment team, which conducted psychological assessments on all newly admitted residents and performed specialized referral assessments on residents as needed (e.g., intellectual, neurological, diagnostic, and malingering, etc.). 

From 2017 through January 2021 I served as the training director for the SCDMH Forensic Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship Program and was responsible for its inception and development.  I oversaw the supervision and training of the fellows in a variety of criminal forensic evaluations. In January 2021 I entered into private practice where I continue to provide a variety of clinical and forensic assessments geared toward helping understand and address mental health issues as well as provide consultation on forensic issues. 


Mary Beth Simmons, EdS., LPC


Hello, my name is Mary-Beth Simmons! I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I have experience in various settings to include Family Therapy, Individual Therapy, Marriage and Couples Therapy, and At-Risk Youth.

I received my B.S. in Psychology from Francis Marion University in 2013. After completing my Bachelor’s degree I earned my Ed.S in Marriage, Couples, and Family Counseling from the University of South Carolina in 2016. During graduate school, I worked with At-Risk Youth conducting family and individual therapy at Epworth Children’s Home and Richland County School District 2 Family Intervention Services.

Following my graduation, I have worked as a Forensic interviewer dealing with child victims of physical, sexual, and mental abuse, as well as, neglect. As a counselor, I have helped people dealing with depression, trauma, anxiety disorders, anger management, bi-polar disorder, social phobias, and family and relationship dysfunction. I have experience with different
modalities including, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, Experiential Therapy, and a family systems approach.

I am originally from Kentucky and moved to South Carolina when I was 13 years old due to my dad retiring from the military after 22 years. I am very passionate about helping military
personal and their families. I come from a long line of service members and I am an Army wife. I believe my life-long connection to the military gives me a unique perspective to help military families.


Ebony Langhorne, EdS., LPC


Hey! I’m Ebony Langhorne and I’m a Licensed Professional Counselor. I attended the University of South Carolina for both undergraduate and graduate school and completed my Educational Specialist Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy in May 2015.

My experience includes providing in-home therapy, group therapy, individual therapy, family therapy, and case management services. I have supported clients through challenges such as behavioral concerns, anxiety, depression, suicidality, self-harm, trauma, and parent-child relational issues.

I view the world as interconnected and believe in the importance of accessing the support we need to live productive lives. This is evident in my family systems approach to therapy. I like to combine the use of cognitive-behavioral techniques with art, music, mindfulness, and relaxation in sessions. In therapy, I help clients use their current interests and strengths to build resiliency.

I was born in Long Island, NY and moved to SC when I was 12 years old–so I’m half southern, half-northern. You never know what accent may come out! I enjoy listening to Gospel, Christian Rap, Hip-Hop, Indie R&B/Soul music, podcasts, and audiobooks. In my free time, you’ll find me spending time with my church family and/or managing our ministry’s online presence on some social media site.

Marlon Willingham, MA, LPCA


Hello, my name is Marlon Willingham and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I completed graduate school at Liberty University in 2014 and presently completing my doctorate degree in trauma counseling.

Supporting clients through their challenges is a passion God has purposed in me. Creating a counseling experience focusing on an individuals’ personal strengths, present needs, capabilities, and personal preferences in my view, is essential for moving forward with a strength-based approach to living a happier life.

Working in various settings such as individual therapy, group therapy, couples therapy and tele-health therapy has been my experience. Clients and I work with overcoming depression, alcohol and drug use, relationship issues, divorce, interpersonal development, spiritual counseling and trauma issues.

I am originally from Atlanta, GA and I have served in the U.S. Navy honorably for eight years. I am married to my awesome wife Crystal and we have six children, four of which are my bonus children. I love sports, fishing, learning new things and cooking. My personal philosophy in life is “small steps make big strides”.


Quanetta Jefferson, MS, LPC 


“You have only scratched the surface of what you’re capable of. There are decades of victories ahead of you.”  ― Rupi Kaur

Hi, my name is Quanetta Jefferson and I am a Licensed Professional Counselor. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina here in Columbia. After receiving my undergraduate degree, I completed my graduate degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Capella University.

I began my career as a RBT, working with children and adolescents with ASD. As a clinician, I have gained experience helping individuals through different challenges such as anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, and behavioral issues. Being a clinician, I am aware that counseling does not look the same for everyone. I strive to utilize diverse modalities and build strong rapport with every client. I believe that if one is ready to welcome change, change is obtainable. 

In my free time, I enjoy spending time with family, baking, blogging, and traveling.





Queen Esther

Stephanie McKenny, MA, LPCA 


Bio Coming Soon



Jennifer Nilssen, MA 

Clinical Intern 

Hello there, my name is Jenny Nilssen. I am a recent graduate from Columbia International University and soon to be a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I am originally from Wisconsin but have lived in Columbia for the past three years.

Most of my experience as a counselor has been with children, teens, and young adults. I focus on using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and Play Therapy. It is my hope that all young people get the support they need to live happy, healthy lives and receive the skills to overcome any obstacles that may come their way.

In my free time, I enjoy trying new baking recipes and sharing them with friends and family. I also love being out in nature from the beach to the mountains and everywhere in between. Traveling is another fun hobby of mine and I have been blessed to have traveled to several different countries and most of the 50 states. 


Quevie Manning, BS

MA Candidate in School Counseling

Administrative Coordinator

Always remember: “Life is a journey, and if you fall in love with the journey, you will be in love forever” -Peter Hagerty

Hello, my name is Quevie Manning! As the Administrative Coordinator at Palmer Counseling and Consulting, I am likely to be one of the first people at PCC you will connect with. I am responsible for insurance eligibility and verification, payments and billing, scheduling, as well as responding to your Psychology Today and PCC website inquiries. I recently graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of South Carolina. After graduating I have found myself starting a new journey with regard to my career, education, and overall life goals.

That new journey started with me working at Palmer Counseling and Consulting which has encouraged me to pursue the drive I have to help children. My goal is to be able to provide them with the proper resources to navigate through their environment regardless of what type of environment they find themselves in. This passion has motivated me to further my education and I am currently in the process of earning a Masters degree in a School Counseling.

Personal facts about me: I have loving parents and three younger siblings. My youngest sibling is actually 18 years younger than me and was born on my birthday. Another interesting fact is I am completely obsessed with the Vanilla Bean Frappuccino from Starbucks!




Queen Esther

Queen Esther Major, BS

MA Candidate in Pastoral Counseling

Administrative Coordinator

Hello, my name is Queen Esther Major. As one of the PCC Administrative Coordinators, I am responsible for client care,  insurance eligibility, verification, payments, and scheduling as well as responding to our Psychology Today and PCC website inquiries.

I graduated from Columbia Jr. College with my Associate’s Degree in Business Administration. I went back to school to finish my education at Columbia International University and graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree.  Currently, I am pursuing a Master’s Degree in Pastoral Care and Counseling at Columbia International University. 

I am also a Notary Public in the state of South Carolina since 2014.

I have lived all over the United States because my father was military. I have a love for God’s people to have the healing that he promises us. I do believe healing is in the word of God and the science of counseling working together.



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