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.
Robbin is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor. She served as Clinical Director at a Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility for 8 years and was eager to get back to doing more of what she loved, serving individuals and families more closely. Robbin received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of Charleston, majoring in English and minoring in History. She received her Master’s degree from Clemson University in Counseling.
Robbin has worked as a counselor in the Upstate for 30 years both in outpatient settings and in residential psychiatric settings. She has a passion for working with children, adolescents and families who have been involved with DSS, as she adopted a child who had been in DSS. Robbin’s specialties include working with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma, depression, anxiety, and anger issues, both in individual and group settings. She also has extensive experience working with addictions. Robbin primarily utilizes of CBT, TF-CBT, Motivational Interviewing, and Client Centered Therapy in working with her clients. Her primary focus is to help her clients to overcome their personal hurdles and grow into the best version of themselves.
Robbin is originally from Charleston, South Carolina. She moved to the Upstate to attend graduate school and fell in love with the slower pace. Robbin loves cheering for her Clemson Tigers and going to football games in Death Valley. She also loves spending time with her dog, Sophie, and cats, Moose and Goose. In her down time, she can be found watching Hallmark movies, heading to Charleston to spend time with family, or spending time with friends.
If Robbin were to be a superhero, it would be Wonder Women because her powers include having the wisdom and compassion of the ages, she seeks peace, but is prepared if she needs to fight.
Mercedes Crayton is a Licensed Professional Counselor and obtained her undergrad degree in Psychology with a minor in Child, Youth, and Family Studies, and Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln. She went on to pursue and obtain her Masters in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the Southeastern Oklahoma State University.
Originally from Omaha, NE, she moved to South Carolina from Arkansas where she was the Clinical Director of an SWS program for women battling substance abuse. Mercedes has experience treating a multitude of disorders and trauma, ranging from anxiety and depression to psychotic disorders. Mercedes has worked with individuals, families, groups, DHS, and respective court systems for both adults and children.
She focuses on working with the individual as a whole, with the goal of assisting clients to return back to their baseline of functioning, providing support and available resources. In her spare time, she enjoys watching sports, actively engaging in sports, playing with her kids, reading a good book, and hanging out with her family. If Mercedes could be any superhero, she would be Edna Mode from The Incredibles because she is corky, reliable, and unphased by chaos.
Lauren is a licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and received her Bachelors degree from Clemson University in Modern Languages - Spanish emphasis and her Masters degree from Louisiana State University in Social Work. Lauren is originally from Richmond, Virginia but has lived in South Carolina for over 6 years.
Lauren utilizes various different therapeutic methods, including Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques and person-centered therapy. She has experience working with kids and families and is particularly passionate about serving our Hispanic community. She seeks to support all clients as they overcome difficult circumstances in order to be and feel their best.
Outside of the office, Lauren enjoys traveling, cooking, and going on adventures with her dog, Emmy. If Lauren was a superhero, she would be Supergirl because she always tries to utilize her strengths in order to continue growing so that she can be the best version of herself.
Madalaine is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A), as well as a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC). She received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology with a concentration in Studio Art from Furman University. She received her Master of Education in Counselor Education for Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Clemson University.
Madalaine has experience working with a variety of clients including children, adolescents, and adults. She primarily uses a Person-Centered approach but incorporates techniques from Reality Therapy and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. Madalaine also loves to use play techniques and expressive arts with her younger clients.
She is originally from Charleston, SC, but has lived in Greenville since graduating from Furman. When she’s not working with clients she loves to read, spend time with friends, walk the Swamp Rabbit, and try out new creative projects.
If Madalaine could be any superhero she would be Elastigirl because she is the epitome of a strong female character. She is resilient and intelligent, and she cares deeply for those around her.
Jazmine “Jaz” Hasty is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPC-A) and earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the College of Charleston. She also earned an Education Specialist degree in Counselor Education on the Clinical Mental Health track and a Graduate Certification in Play Therapy from the University of South Carolina -- Columbia.
She has worked with children, adolescence, families, and adults in both school-based settings and private practice. She has experience in working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem, grief, loss, and anger. Her goals are to become a registered play therapist and trained in internal family systems.
Jaz's hometown is based in a small rural city called Hopkins, SC. In her free time, her hobbies are spent painting, trying new restaurants, playing tabletop games, collecting crystals, and tending to plants. One of her favorite quotes is "Storms make trees take deeper roots." from Dolly Parton. This quote speaks to the strength which comes from persevering during difficult, demanding, and challenging times.
Jaz identifies closely with the superhero Misty Knight due to her tenacity, quick wit, strength, and perseverance despite experiencing obstacles.
Jessica received her Master's of Education in Counseling and Human Development and is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA). For the next two years, she will be working toward becoming an LPC. During this time, Jessica hopes to build healthy, therapeutic relationships with individuals and families in the community and help these clients reach their goals. Though she looks forward to building a diverse clientele, her clinical experience has primarily been with children ages 11-18 and working with people who identify as a part the LGBTQ community.
Jessica is originally from Southern California, but moved to South Carolina to be closer to her family. She enjoys reading, going to the movies and spending time with her younger sibling and her cat, Bellatrix. She loves Marvel movies and all things Harry Potter! In fact, her favorite place to be is Universal Studios in Orlando.
Jessica identifies closely with the superhero the Scarlet Witch from Marvel. Jessica views Scarlet Witch as the most powerful Avenger in the cinematic universe. In addition to that, all her life she has experienced loss after loss, and while she makes mistakes and sometimes becomes so consumed by her own pain she harms others, she eventually tries to right those wrongs. Scarlet Witch helps others even when the cost to her own self is almost unbearable, proving that she is an empathetic and kind person. She is also gorgeous and has super cool powers, so that doesn't hurt!
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.
Thomas is a licensed professional counselor with over 19 years of experience working as a counselor. He has worked with individuals of all ages with a wide range of concerns including depression, anxiety, relationship issues, parenting problems, career challenges, anger management, mood disorders, self esteem, OCD and ADHD. He has also assisted many people who have experienced physical trauma and emotional abuse.
His counseling style is warm and interactive. He believes in treating anyone with respect, sensitivity, and compassion, and he does not believe in stigmatizing labels. His approach combines cognitive-behavioral, person centered, and humanistic approaches. He will tailor the dialogue and treatment plan to meet his client's unique and specific needs.
In his free time, Thomas enjoys juggling and traveling. THomas has been to the top of technically the worlds tallest mountain, though most of its underwater. If Thomas could be any superhero, he would be Black Widow.
Lucy is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Franciscan University of Steubenville in Ohio. She graduated with concentrations in Pastoral Counseling and Trauma & Crisis Intervention. Lucy has experience working with children, teenagers, and adults. She is familiar with a wide range of mental health concerns, including depression, anxiety, trauma, and anger management.
Lucy utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), mindfulness techniques, and positive psychology in her counseling approach. She focuses on understanding the client’s unique story and overcoming challenges through discovering personal strengths. Lucy believes that each individual has the capacity to become more self-aware and discover what makes his or her life worth living.
In her free time, Lucy enjoys reading, hiking, and baking. She hopes to soon get a dog to bring along on her weekend hikes. She studied abroad in Austria during her time in college and has wanted to go back to Europe ever since! She grew up in Maryland, Florida, and Ohio; and is excited to settle in South Carolina.
If Lucy were a superhero, she would be Valkyrie from Marvel. Valkyrie leads an army of female warriors in Asgard and is the perfect example of leadership, teamwork, and personal strength! Like Valkyrie, Lucy wants to use her powers to fight for justice.
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.
Stephanie 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.
Brianna is an LPC-A (Licensed Professional Counselor- Associate) and received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Carolina, and her Ed.S. in Counseling Education with a focus of Clinical Mental Health from the University of South Carolina. Brianna has lived in the upstate her whole life, aside from her six years in Columbia.
Brianna enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults. Her specialties include anxiety, depression, anger issues, adjustment disorder, and trauma. Brianna uses primarily a person-centered approach with her clients, but brings in aspects of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Play therapy.
In her spare time Brianna likes to hang out with her two cats, Luci, and Jack, and enjoys sculpting and working with clay! Brianna is interested in traveling, arts-and-crafts, and exploring new things! Brianna loves listening to all genres of music and finding new bands to go see!
If Brianna were any superhero, she would be Black Widow as Black Widow is always learning from her past to help her change and excel in the future. Like Black Widow, Brianna is always on the lookout for new things to learn and how to improve herself and work.
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.