Tamara Siders received a Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a minor in Sociology from Clemson University. She also has a Masters of Arts degree in Counseling from Webster University. Tamara is an LPC and a LPCS, and is a NCC Nationally Certified Counselor. She is Safety Care, TFCBT and CALOCUS certified. Tamara is in the process of completing Clemson University’s program to become a Board Certified Behavior Analysis, as well as training to become a Registered Behavior Technician.
Tamara has been a part of the CFS team since 2011 and specializes working with children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Depression, Anxiety, and Parenting issues.
In her spare time, Tamara enjoys traveling and hopes to explore the world. She is interested in photography, cooking and boutiques.
Her chosen superhero is Wonder Woman. Tamara chose Wonder Woman because she is able to battle the daily struggles of life while providing and caring for two children as a single mother, including one diagnosed with ASD, as well as attend school, work a full-time job, and maintain her online boutique.
Ashlee received her Bachelor of Science degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Psychology and minoring in Deaf Studies. She received her Master’s degree from WCUPA as well in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Ashlee is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
Ashlee has background experience working with children on the Autism spectrum and children and adolescents who struggle with various presenting problems, including anxiety, depression, ADHD, and PTSD/ trauma related disorders. Ashlee joined CFS in August of 2021 as an outpatient counselor, she utilizes various methods of counseling including CBT, mindfulness-based strategies, play, and she has completed all required trainings to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
Ashlee is originally from Pennsylvania and moved to South Carolina in the summer of 2021. When she is not working with clients, Ashlee enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cooking, and outdoor activities with her dog. If Ashlee could be any superhero, she would be Rogue for her independence and determination.
Jessica is a Licensed Master Social Worker, who earned her Bachelor of Art in Psychology from North Carolina State University and her Master of Social Work from a joint multicultural clinical program between The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University.
Jessica enjoys working with clients and focuses on the importance of meeting them where they are throughout their therapeutic journey. She believes that every unique individual is capable of healing and leading a healthy and meaningful life.
In her free time Jessica enjoys exercising, spending time outdoors, listening to music, traveling, dogs, and sunny days at the lake.
If Jessica could be a superhero, she would be Wonder Woman because she stands for goodness, compassion and kindness.
Kevin has a Masters Degree in Clinical and Counseling Psychology and advanced graduate studies in Counseling. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC/S), so he helps to train new counselors as well as providing direct counseling services. Kevin has been working in the mental health field for over 25 years, and has been licensed in South Carolina since 1997. He enjoys working with adults, teens, and young children. His specialties include depression and anxiety, anger management, trauma, and family relationships, among others. He has specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and in Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Kevin works full-time for CFS in the Spartanburg office, provides specialized assessments, and provides occasional trainings for CFS staff.
Kevin’s favorite activities include hiking in the mountains, kayaking, camping, reading good books, watching dramas on TV, listening to live music performances, and enjoying good food and drink with friends.
Kevin identifies closely with the superhero Professor Xavier from the X-Men, because Kevin believes that the mind is extremely important and learning to train and change the mind is crucial for good mental health. Kevin also enjoys training new mental health superheroes. And because Kevin is getting older, and going bald.
Telisha received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Converse College and received her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Columbus State University. Telisha is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor(NCC).
Telisha has experience working with children and adults in a number of settings, and enjoys working with clients with varying presenting problems, including: a history of trauma, anxiety, depression, and ADHD. Telisha believes in equipping her clients with the tools they need to change their way of thinking, in order to achieve the life they want for themselves. During sessions, she uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness based interventions, and Client-Centered Therapy. She also recently began the process of becoming TF-CBT certified.
In her free time, Telisha enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, cooking and baking, and traveling.
Telisha closely identifies with Storm from X-Men because she is very strong and and strong-willed, she is a natural leader, but capable of being a team player, and because like Storm, Telisha believes that it is extremely important to mentor and mold the next generation so that they can be the best versions of themselves.
Jonnett received her Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. Jonnett has a passion for working with adoptive families, whether it be pre- or post-adoption. Helping families to navigate this wonderful, but also difficult, transition hits close to home as she has two adopted children herself. Jonnett also loves to work with children and families that are currently receiving services from DSS; family reunification is always the goal at the heart of Jonnett’s practice, but when this is not possible, Jonnett strives to help the children/families deal with this disappointment.
Jonnett lived in Ethiopia for 8 years and was very impacted by the lack of mental health services available to the community. Now that she is living back in the States, she is passionate about helping all people receive access to mental health care. In her free time, Jonnett loves to spend time with her husband, three children, and her dog named Blue. Blue is actually in the process of being trained to be a therapy dog so that Blue can also work with Jonnett’s clients, however, Blue likes to just jump on people and give kisses so she has a lot of work to do! Jonnett also loves to travel, read and sleep.
Jonnett closely identifies with Jessica Cruz, Green Lantern/Limelight, because Jonnett also suffered from crippling anxiety in her college years. Jonnett learned the value of spending time focusing on her mental health so that her superpowers could benefit not only her, but her family and the community.
Jason has a Masters in Clinical Counseling and a Masters certificate in Addictions Counseling both from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. He has worked with preteens and adolescents in both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Jason is trained in Person-Centered Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and uses aspects of Narrative Therapy. Jason enjoys working with clients dealing with Autism Spectrum Disorder,, Anxiety, Depression, Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Trauma, and Substance Abuse.
Jason enjoys cheering on the Atlanta Hawks, Georgia Bulldogs, Vegas Knights, as well as watching Tennis, Boxing, and reading a spy or sci-fi novel. He also loves random road trips and travelling with his wife and their two dogs.
If Jason were a superhero, he would be Nightwing. As leader of the Teen Titans, and Batman’s former partner Robin, Nightwing understands the importance of using teamwork to overcome powerful opposition and accomplish great things.
Lexus Lewis is a part-time therapist at Carolina Family Services. Originally from Aiken, SC, Lexus has been living in the upstate since graduating with her BSW in 2018. She is a recent graduate of Winthrop University where she obtained her MSW by completing their online program. Lexus is newly licensed with her LMSW, currently working towards her LISW.
Lexus currently works full-time at Springbrook as PRTF therapist with their Autism unit. Prior to that, Lexus worked as an Addictions Counselor for 2 years, and disability examiner with the federal government. Her goals throughout the next 5 years are to obtain her LISW, buy a home in the upstate, begin private practice work full-time.
Lexus grew up with a very large immediate family with currently having 7 sisters, 6 nieces and nephew, and a numerous amount of younger cousins. Some of her hobbies are creating arts and crafts for her home, and friends. She is not a very big sports fan, but if she were to choose a sport, basketball is her favorite.
If Lexus were to be any superhero, she would be Wonder Women because she continued to fight for things that were right despite gong against those above her, and the societal norms for who a superhero is.
Mindy received her Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology and Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville and received her Masters of Science degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Saint Cloud State University.
Her passion is helping clients work through their difficult experiences and learn to live a healthy and fulfilling life.
Since joining CFS in 2017, Mindy works with children, adolescents, families, adults and couples experiencing a variety of issues. With her training in Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Mindy’s specialties include working with individuals who are on probation, have engaged in offending behavior, sexual issues, or who have experienced trauma in their lives.
If she were a superhero, she would be Gamora due to Gamora’s drive for justice and working through the difficulties she has been faced with.
Outside of the office, Mindy has a passion for photography and enjoys being in nature. Her favorite quote is “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” by Mahatma Gandhi.
Lucila Beaton, LISW-CP graduated with a MSW degree from Yeshiva University. She is an independently licensed clinical social worker with a specialization as a Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapist. She utilizes a person centered, solution focused approach in her interventions with children, adolescents and families. She is also a Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor for the National Council of Behavioral Health.
She has supported students with special needs, serving in IEP teams in New York and working in different capacities and settings including self-contained, inclusion and general education settings.
She is bilingual and bicultural, born in the Dominican Republic and raised in New York City. Throughout her career, she has enjoyed supporting families in their engagement with different systems; assisting them in their interactions with school districts, mental health agencies, community agencies and judicial systems.
She enjoys spending time in the beaches of Honduras and preparing typical dishes from her Dominican and her husband’s Honduran heritage. Her way to stress relieve is reading, exploring local antique stores and loving on her fur baby, Bailey.
A US Army Veteran, Tim has a passion for other Veterans and their families. While serving, he discovered a therapeutic void for those who have dedicated their lives to serving others and that inspired him a desire to provide care for the caregiver. Whether it be a Veteran, Police, Fire or EMS personnel, or even another therapist, he wants to stand in the gap for them and their families. Regardless of who his clients are (or what age they may be!). He encourages his clients to bring their hobbies and lifestyles to therapy, so they can incorporate the entirety of their personage into their healing. Whether it be video games, cosplay, anime, superheroes, or Dungeons and Dragons, he tries to incorporate their passions to better understand their traumas.
Tim is pursuing certifications as a Certified Geek Therapist as well as EMDR. He is developing a specialty in trauma and trauma-informed care. He uses an evidence-based and integrative style which borrows from several different models, including EFT, CBT, CLS, TF-CBT, and ACT. In this manner, he can respond to what the client brings into the room with a wide range of methodologies.
By incorporating client's geekdom and passions into the interventions he uses, he aims to meet them where and who his clients are with the respect, courtesy, and compassion. Whether they live the grunt style or cosplay their favorite LGBTQ+ character, they can come together and move into a mindful space of healing.
Tim also bring his marvelous service dog Marla along to each of his sessions adding a bit of unconditional positive regard to each and every client. She loves meeting new people and is quite fond of “her” clients! If Tim were to choose a superhero to encompass, he would be Professor X. His magnificent psionic powers would enable him to be the best therapist ever seen in the multiverse. Tim would be able to empower and heal clients like no one ever before!
Christine received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology with a minor in Counseling Education from the University of South Carolina and received her Master of Science degree in Applied Clinical Psychology from the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Christine joined CFS in 2020 and enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialties include depression, anxiety, self-esteem, obsessive-compulsive disorder, a history of trauma, and ADHD. Christine helps people develop new ways of thinking, feeling, and acting that allows for a more fulfilling life. During her sessions, she utilizes evidenced-based practices, including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy and Mindfulness-based interventions.
When Christine is not helping her clients to become the best versions of themselves, she enjoys hiking, traveling, watching sports, and spending time with her dogs and husband. If she were a superhero, she would be Captain Marvel because she admires her strength and resilience when facing adversity.
Megan received her Bachelors of Social Work degree at Utah State University. After graduating, she moved to Philadelphia, PA where she attended the University of Pennsylvania for her Masters of Social Work. Since graduating, Megan has worked in several settings such as addiction counseling, school counseling, and general mental health counseling. Megan has a wide range of skills in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Motivational Interviewing, Play Therapy, Art Therapy, and Solution Focused Therapy.
Megan was born and raised in Northern California about 30 minutes south of San Francisco. Megan has a wonderful husband and two daughters who keep her on toes! Her family recently moved to South Carolina as her husband is attending Clemson University. Megan and her family love to travel, try new food, watch movies, and spend time outdoors biking and hiking. Her top favorite places on earth are Lake Tahoe, CA, and Cape Cod, MA. Megan absolutely LOVES the beach! Her favorite hobbies include running, cooking, reading thriller/mystery books, playing soccer, swimming, and listening to country music.
If Megan were to be a superhero, she would be Batman. She loves Batman because he is a humble, hard worker, and he works in the shadows. He saves people in vulnerable, dangerous situations but never does so to be in the spotlight or for fame. He loves the people of his city and is always looking out for their safety and well-being. Megan feels like this is very similar to the role of a therapist. As a therapist, Megan cares deeply for her clients she serves. She works hard to help her clients feel confident as they navigate whatever challenges they are facing.