School Based Team

Our In-school services are convenient for both children and families because counseling is provided during the school day. School-based counseling allows families better access to the counselors and resources available to them. Our school based counselors have a presence throughout Anderson District 1, including elementary schools, middle schools, and high schools.

Inquire About Our School Based Program

If your child is a current student at Anderson District 1 and would like for one of our counselors to provide services, please reach out to your child's school counselor or teacher to learn more. You can also speak with our Intake Coordinator, Susan Elter at susan@carolinafamily.org or (864) 283-0637, ext. 200.

Complete Our Intake Paperwork for School Based Services

If you are interested in receiving services for your child or family, please complete our intake packet (links below) and return it to your child’s teacher OR you may complete a referral on our website.

Make a referral for School Based Services

New Patient Paperwork for School Based Services (English)

New Patient Paperwork for School Based Services (Español)

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Christopher Khaleel, Ed.S. LPC
School Based Therapist

Christopher is a licensed professional counselor who's bee working on the field of behavioral health for approximately 8 years. He received his Ed.S. from the University of South Carolina in Counselors Education with a specialization of Marriage, Family, & Couples counseling. He has therapeutic experience in multiple domains including: wellness, family, motivation, anxiety, depression, and disordered eating.

Christopher is originally from Missouri, moved to South Carolina to pursue his graduate studies. During his free time he enjoys staying active whether that's playing a sport (pickleball & volleyball) or going on a hike with the family. Some of other of his hobbies include illustrative & literature arts, culinary science, and table top games.

If Christopher could be a superhero it would be spiderman. During his childhood Spiderman animations and comics inspired some of his creativity and is his favorite superhero to this day.

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Joanne Perdu, MA, M.Ed, LPC
School Based Therapist

Joanne Perdu-Ouimet is a Licensed Professional Counselor and earned a Bachelor of Early Elementary Education from McGill University in Montreal, Canada and earned a Master of Arts in Child Study from Tufts University in Massachusetts She later earned her Master of Education in School Counseling and her Counseling Licensure Post-Master’s Graduate Certificate from George Mason University in Virginia. She continues her never ending education by attending trainings and supervision in Play therapy and EMDR.

Before becoming an LPC, she was incredibly fortunate to work as a school counselor in elementary, middle, and high school non-traditional settings and a high school. The students and staff fueled her passion for social justice and restorative justice practices. As an LPC, she has loved her work with children, adolescents, adults, and families in residential, hospital, and private practice settings. She has experience in working with anxiety, depression, grief, and trauma.

Joanne grew up in Montreal, Canada and French is her first language. In her free time, she likes to swim, walk, and talk with friends. She also enjoys sewing and knitting clothes, which her children still don’t wear, but there is hope with her beautiful new granddaughter. Her adult children and their partners have moved to SC and still enjoy spending time with their parents, which has led to Joanne, her husband, their dog, and cat to relocate from Virginia to SC.

Joanne identifies best with the superhero She-Hulk as she is fun-loving, empathetic, and humoristic. Joanne admires She-Hulk because she has a strong moral compass and is determined to do what is right.

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Mercedes Crayton, MA, LPC
RBHS Program Manager & School Based Therapist

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.

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Stephanie Smith, MSW, LMSW
School Based Therapist

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.

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Wayne Owens, MA, LPCA
School Based Therapist

Wayne is a Licensed Profressional Counselor Associate (LPCA) and 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.”