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Meet Our Team

Reese Palmer, LMFT

Founder/Clinical Director

(Currently Only Accepting New Couples)

“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 Not Accepting New Clients)

“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 in this life. 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 am 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.”

Bogan Avery, MS, LPC

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

Therapist

“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. 

Martha Manning, MA, LPC

Therapist

“You can’t turn back the clock. But you can wind it up again.”

– Bonnie Prudden

Hello, my name is Martha Manning! I am a certified Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I have experience in various modalities and settings to include Group Family Therapy, Family Therapy, Individual Psychotherapy, Marriage and Couple’s Therapy,  At-Risk Youth, as well as therapy with the elderly population at assisted living facilities.
I received a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from The University of South Carolina in 2013, as well as a Master’s degree specializing in Marriage and Family from the Graduate School of South Carolina in 2016. During my internship training, 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. I have also worked with At-Risk Youth as a community service coordinator helping to feed the homeless. 
Following my graduation, I served as a school-based mental health specialist dealing with issues of family dysfunction, depression, anxiety, bi-polar disorder, schizophrenia, autism, Grief and loss, addiction, cerebral palsy, anger management, and social phobia.
 
Through my personal and professional experiences, the importance of family in each of our lives has become my main focal point. Being the product of a large blended family myself, I believe in the power and strength of family and family figures.  As a therapist, I mainly operate from a family system’s perspective with an emphasis on strength focused solutions. I have experience in interventions such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Interventions, as well as Experiential therapy. 
Although I have not traveled far, born and raised in Columbia, I am far from sheltered and can relate to a multitude of life situations. I believe the basis of therapeutic success lies in the foundation of a strong rapport between the therapist and client. You will find that I am very forthcoming and transparent about my own life experiences, as I thoroughly believe that transparency and increasing self-awareness is critical in promoting successful, positive change.
My personal hobbies include weightlifting riding motorcycles, sushi, cooking, trying new foods,  action movies/series, and arts and crafts activities with my daughter. Laughter is my favorite method to cope with stress, as well as anything chocolate and decadent.

 

Karly Warren, PsyD, ABPP, CPRP

Clinical Psychologist

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.

 

 

 

Mary Beth Simmons, EdS., LPC

Therapist

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.

My personal hobbies include reading, enjoying the water, adventuring new places, going to the movies, and engaging in activities with my daughter. I am also blessed to have two bonus
daughters that I enjoy doing crafts and activities with when we have them.

Heather Footman, MA, LPC 

Therapist

“Stress, anxiety and depression are caused when we are living to please others.” – Paulo Coelho

Hello, my name is Heather Footman and I want to help you find yourself again! I am also in-process to be a certified addictions counselor. While we maneuver through life it can be so easy to lose our identity and be out of touch with who we are. When life throws us various hardships sometimes, we find it hard to manage our emotions and daily routines; in turn we pick up bad habits that can negatively affect our outlook on life.

I specialize in addictions counseling, anxiety, depression, phase of life disorders, infertility, mood disorders and working with individuals who suffer from chronic illness. I am a firm believer that being able to address our thinking errors, clear up irrational beliefs we can overtime change our behavior. I also believe that it is important to stay positive and speak things into existence! I have over seven years of experience in working with men and women that have an addiction to alcohol and/or drugs. I also have experience working with mental illness and psychiatric disorders.

Overall, I love helping people. Everyone is unique in their own way and I will tailor your treatment to fit you!
I am happily married, and I have 4 – four legged children. I am an avid Harry Potter fanatic and in my spare time I love exploring my creativity through reading, writing and watching T.V.

 

 

Ebony Langhorne, EdS., LPC

Therapist

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.

 

 

Chelsea Casey, EdS., LPCA

Therapist

“You look at me and cry everything hurts. I hold you and whisper but everything can heal.”

Rupi Kaur

“You are the one you’ve been waiting for.”

When we experience chaos and difficulty in our external worlds, our internal worlds often match
the everyday crises we have “learned to live with”, leading us to feel stressed, angry, confused, lonely, and wishing there was a way out of the darkness.

What if I told you another path was possible for you? That instead of merely “getting by”, or masking your pain, that you could tap into resources to truly heal and live a more confident and self lead life?

You deserve a space to explore the things in your world that just are causing you frustration, pain, and anxiety, without fear of judgement. This is why I strive to create a therapeutic space
filled with validation, understanding, empathy, and motivation for positive change.

I have experience working with all ages, and specialize in trauma recovery, depression, anxiety, and expressive arts. In session I incorporate Trauma Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Parts Work, Family Systems Therapy, and Expressive Arts Therapy depending on each client’s specific needs.

It is my belief that a collaborative and interactive therapeutic relationship between client and counselor is a large factor in client success. Unpacking our emotions and past experiences can be intimidating, but you don’t have to do this alone. I would be honored to walk alongside you on your healing journey.

For more information on TFCBT please visit:
https://medicine.musc.edu/departments/psychiatry/divisions-and-programs/divisions/ncvc/progra
ms/project-best/tf-cbt

To learn more about ITR Method please visit: https://helpfortrauma.com/

LaMancia Williams, LPCA

Therapist

“You must have faith that all of the things you expect from life are possible for you”

-Iyanla Vanzant

Hello,

My name is LaMancia Williams and I am Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. I attended the University of South Carolina Aiken where I received my undergraduate degree in Psychology and Webster University where I completed my Master’s of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

 My experience includes individual and group counseling in Residential, learning, youth outreach, intensive outpatient and community environments. I have experience working with all age groups who have a variety of mental illnesses including but not limited to depression, anxiety, stress, trauma etc.

As a therapist I fuse CBT, DBT and Solution Focused Techniques to meet client’s needs and also to empower them to foster the change that they desire.

My personal interests include reading, watching movies, crafting and classical ballet.

 

Jasmine Doxie, EdS., LPCA, NCC

Therapist

 

Hello!

My name is Jasmine Doxie, and I am currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of South Carolina, as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor. I completed my education at The University of South Carolina, for both my undergraduate and graduate studies. Go Gamecocks! I earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Experimental Psychology and Criminal Justice prior to completing my education with an Education Specialist degree in Counselor Educator, with specialization in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy.

I have been fortunate enough to gain experience working with children on the Autism Spectrum, and their families, as well as, provide therapeutic services for K-12 public schools and the U of S.C., in the Midlands. My education and clinical experience has encompassed Individual, Family, Couples, and Group therapeutic modalities. 

My therapeutic perspective is a harmonious marriage between Person-Centered therapy and Narrative Therapy. As a therapist, I aim to meet my clients where they are emotionally, and journey with them to a place of emotional security and personal understanding. I often incorporate various concepts from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Trauma Focused Therapy, Mindfulness, Solution Focused Therapy, Acceptance Commitment Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Family Systems Theory dependent on the presentation and unique needs of each client. 

I strongly believe therapy is about the client, and I strive to create an atmosphere of trust and openness for people who may not have experienced that elsewhere. I am passionate about aligning myself with the client to battle against false narratives, and collaborate with them to rewrite the trajectory of their life stories. 

I am a South Carolina native, and a true southern girl at heart. I consider myself a lover of  music, in nearly all genres, and frequently do 30 second dance parties to spread joy with those around me. I spend a lot of my free time playing card games and solving puzzles with my family. I am a devoted wife and mother, with a passion for family, and spending quality time with loved ones. I so look forward to joining you on your journey. 

Niya Calderon, LPCS, LAC

Therapist, Clinical Supervisor

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. She’s 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.

Quevie Manning, BS

MA Candidate

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!

 

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