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 (LPC), 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.
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.
Jessica is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in clinical practice (LISW-CP), 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.
Ty Dupuis received her Bachelor of Science degree from University of Phoenix. She received her Master of Arts degree In Clinical Mental Health Counseling from South University – Columbia, where she served as Vice President and President of Chi Sigma Iota (CSI). Ty is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) and Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).
Ty works with children, adolescents and young adults. Her specialties include mindfulness and play based therapy. Ty has aspirations of becoming a Counselor Educator in the field. She is currently waiting to finish her training in children’s yoga.
Ty is originally from Pennsylvania. Her hobbies include being in nature, crafting, reading, and movie going. She enjoys new dining experiences, spending time with loved ones and hanging out with her dog Poe Dacuteness.
If Ty was a superhero, she would Be Bumblebee from Teen Titans because “Save the Bees!”
Saress is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC) who would like to pursue a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision in the future to become an educator in the field of counseling. Saress graduated from Liberty University Online where she received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology as well as her Master’s degree in Professional Counseling.
She enjoys working with all ages in an individual or a group setting. She specializes in working with children, behavioral issues, and anxiety. Other areas of focus would include stress, trauma related issues, depression, anger management, parenting, ASD, ADHD, and adjustment disorder. She utilizes a client center approach but incorporate solution focused, narrative and mindfulness style techniques.
Saress is from Gaffney, SC and enjoys spending time with her family and friends in her free time. Her hobbies include crafting/painting, dancing, collecting gemstones, shopping at dollar tree, and eating donuts. She enjoys traveling through the mountains of Tennessee. Her favorite sport is hockey and attends games regularly during hockey season. Her favorite quote is “Aspire to Inspire” as it serves as a reminder that everyone has inherent value and it is when we recognize our own value that we can encourage others to also find their value, which creates positive change.
If Saress were a superhero, Saress would be Agent Carter (or Captain Carter) as she exemplifies great patience, strength and knows how to rock a red lip!
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.
Johnice Moore is a doctoral student who is a licensed independent social worker in clinical practice (LISW-CP). She received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Spanish with a business minor from Appalachian State University, a Masters of Public Administration from North Carolina Central University, a Masters in Social Work from Rutgers University and will earn her Doctorate in social work (DSW) from Simmons University in December 2022.
Johnice is a bilingual returned Peace Corps Volunteer who served in Honduras, Central America for twenty-seven months. She is a former classroom educator having taught English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Spanish and Special Education in North & South Carolina. She has over a decade of experience working with children and families in public settings stateside and abroad.
Johnice is a clinician who utilizes a strengths-based approach to life and the therapeutic setting. She thrives in assisting individuals address and identify interventions that can reduce stress and improve coping while addressing the intersectionality theory. She is an expert in school social work and navigating and advocating through a systems approach.
Outside of the office, Johnice is a Peloton fitness enthusiast. You can find her traveling, on an outdoor adventure, or trying new foods on Pinterest. Her favorite quote is, “Social Work is the art of listening and the science of hope.”
If she were a super hero, she would be Marvel’s Monica “Spectrum” Rambeau because like the super hero Johnice is ready to defend humanity and has awesome energy!
Wayne graduated with his master’s degree from Concordia University in the Spring of 2019. >Wayne has worked with children of all ages and has a passion for helping those who have experienced traumatic events. Wayne has experience seeing clients with depression, anxiety, grief, trauma/abuse, ADHD, anger management, ODD/conduct disorders, substance abuse disorders, and adjustment disorders.
Over the years, he was learned skills, such as crisis de-escalation, self-regulation in high stress environments as well as helping the clients learn coping skills of their own. Wayne also learned to train others in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention (TCI). TCI is a crisis management program developed for use in congregate care by Cornell University.
If Wayne were to be a superhero, he would be Spiderman. Spiderman seeks to help others and use his powers to protect those around him. He also has some amazing abilities such as his “spidey sense.” As a counselor you learn to use your senses to guide clients so that you can help them interpret the effects of their trauma and mental illness. Wayne also connects with Peter Parker as he has also been through many traumatic events in his lifetime, yet he strives to continue moving forward and assisting others. As Uncle Ben said, “with great power comes great responsibility.”
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.
Kelley Shaw graduated from Anderson University with a Bachelor’s in human services and Resources. She graduated from the University of South Carolina with a Master’s in social work. She went back to school after her oldest child was diagnosed with Autism and her youngest was diagnosed with ADHD.
She has worked with families that have children with special needs in the Upstate area for over 18 years and works with children of all ages and adults. She has experience in Play Therapy, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and many more areas of expertise.
Kelley grew up in Anderson, SC and has lived there all her life. She loves to read and enjoys diverse types of books. She is left-handed and is the only person in her family that has this superpower. She is married with two sons. She has four naughty cats that she loves. She enjoys meeting new people and learning new things.
If Kelley could be any superhero, it would be Wonder Woman. This was her favorite superhero growing up and admires what Wonder Woman stands for: strength, truth, and girl power.
Stephanie is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and received her Bachelors degree from the University of South Carolina in Columbia, in Interdisciplinary Studies of Psychology, Sociology and Criminal Justice. She received her Masters degree also from the University of South Carolina, Columbia in Social Work.
Stephanie has a background experience working with children and adolescents in a school setting who have difficulties with various issues including anxiety, depression, ADHD, PTSD, trauma related disorders, Grief and ASD. She also utilizes different therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, play techniques and art techniques. She has completed all required trainings to implement Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Triple P Parenting.
JStephanie was born and raised in Greenville, SC. When she is not working she can be found attending or watching all Gamecock sports. She is an avid college football games and attend all games in the fall. She enjoys spending time with her family and her dog Bud. Stephanie loves creativity and doing arts and crafts.
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.
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.