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Columbia Therapy – Counselors, Mental Health Services in South Carolina

We all face many challenges in life. We hit unexpected twists and turns in our plans. Our children struggle with things that seemed unimaginable when we were younger. The world becomes lonely and unpredictable. When you need a helping hand, a listening ear, a shoulder to cry on, Thriveworks Counseling Providers can be the calm in your storm. We spend time on our physical health, our financial health, and so many other areas of life. Why should our mental and emotional health be any different? When you decide to connect with a Thriveworks Counseling Provider, you are taking the first step in creating the life you really want and need.

You may feel hesitation or embarrassment at the thought of discussing your issue with one of our providers. This is common, but completely unnecessary. Thriveworks Columbia Counseling Providers are experienced professionals who can provide both in-person counseling or online counseling therapy. They will not be shocked about anything that you present to us. We have the expertise and knowledge to help you define your issue, create a plan of success, and help implement and monitor that success along the way. It would be our honor to journey with you on this process.

Why Seek Coaching or Counseling?

If you are seeking therapy or counseling, the reason may be very serious and traumatic, or it may be simply in pursuit of career or life coaching. Whatever you are facing, we have a Thriveworks Counseling Provider than can meet this need. Our lives have many problems and issues on a daily basis. Trouble in our relationships, our career, with our children, or in our extended family, are very common. We are all flawed individuals, and our issues multiply when we are together. When you connect with a Thriveworks Columbia Counseling provider, we can help diagnose the problems you are facing.

The reasons that individuals, families, and couples seek therapy or counseling are unique and individualized in every situation. If you are dealing with a mental health issue, such as depression or anxiety, this may be impairing your ability to function normally in daily life. On the other hand, in coaching, people are looking to achieve more and make their goals and dreams a reality. They may be simply looking for a short pause button during their week in which to regroup.

People of all ages can benefit from speaking with a coach or counselor, from the very young to the very mature. We can match you with a Thriveworks Counseling Provider that meets your needs. It may not be an easy decision, but it is a very important and meaningful decision.

Reasons to pursue counseling may include:

  • Anxiety issues
  • Sexual issues
  • Couples counseling
  • Career coaching
  • Eating disorders
  • Obsessive-compulsive tendencies
  • Grief counseling
  • Problems with a child
  • Stress management
  • Divorce recovery
  • Anger management
  • Addiction issues
  • Life coaching
  • Life transitions such as divorce or loss of a job

This is by no means an exhaustive list. When you read through it, perhaps you were able to identify the issue that you are facing immediately. Or perhaps you did not see your personal problem and feel discouraged. There is no need to feel this way. The problems we deal with on a daily basis may be so complicated, unique, and personal, it is difficult to sum them up into a bullet point or a few words. Every human is unique, as are their problems. We can put you into contact with a Thriveworks Columbia Counseling Provider that has experience dealing with your unique area of need. We will match you with the perfect provider.

When a Loved One Needs Help

When we have children, we never imagine that there will be times when we question everything we know about parenting. Slammed doors, screaming matches, lies, late nights; some of these things are normal in the teenage years, but they can also indicate a serious problem. In today’s society, young people are dealing with many stressors and temptations. Drugs, social media peer pressure, college and career plans; sometimes if it helpful to have a listening ear other than a parent. A Thriveworks Counseling Provider may be able to reach your child or teenager in a way you cannot as a parent. If you, as a parent or caregiver, has a feeling something might be wrong, do not ignore that instinct. Teenagers may simply need a listening ear, or they may be in serious trouble.

When children are in crisis, they are often unable to speak up for themselves, and are unaware that counseling is even an option. If a child has suffered a trauma or been a victim, it can be very difficult to get him or her to open up and express their feelings. Thriveworks Counseling Providers are experts in being able to reach a child that is uncommunicative. We can partner with the whole family, and help each person feel their worth and identify their areas of need and attention.

If you have a loved one that is struggling with addiction or substance abuse, your life can become very lonely and challenging. You have worked with your loved one, giving so much to helping your spouse or partner conquer this problem. But at some point, you have run out of resources. When an addict or someone in serious trouble is ready to have professional help, you want to be able to direct them to reliable, trustworth help. Thriveworks Columbia Counseling Providers can be that answer.

We have all heard the sad statistics on the stability of marriage. If your relationship or marriage is in trouble, we also have providers ready to help in this area. Long standing communication difficulties can be deadly for a relationship, and Thriveworks Counseling Providers can help you create a new reality where each person is heard and understood. We can address each partner’s fears, needs, and misunderstandings. Thriveworks Columbia Counseling Providers are experts in repairing relationships, and can help yours begin this process.

Why Choose Thriveworks Columbia Counseling Providers?

Thriveworks Counseling in Columbia are ready to help. Whether you are seeking help for your child, your marriage, your relationship, or your career, we can connect you with trained professionals who are ready to help you improve your life. You have waited long enough to make the needed changes in your life. When you have had enough, make that call.

We know that seeking counseling is an important decision, and we want to be ready when you are ready to make a change in your life. We pride ourselves on not operating with a waiting list. In most cases, we can pair you with a Thriveworks Counseling provider within 24 hours. How long have you waited to reach out for help? Why wait a moment longer?

There is a lot of information available on counseling and mental health care. It can be overwhelming, and difficult to sift through all of the options and make an informed decision. Thriveworks Counseling Providers in Columbia are leaders in their field, ready to get to work for you. There is no need to look any further. You exercise, try to eat right, attend annual physicals, take your vitamins. Why not give some attention to your mental and emotional health?

Call Thriveworks Counseling Providers in Columbia, and we will connect you with a coach or counselor. This person will help you discover and understand your goals for coaching or counseling, and will journey with you in creating the life you really want. We will help you identify your strengths and weaknesses, and create a plan for improvement and assessment. It would be our honor to walk with you on this journey of healing and growth.

Call Thriveworks Counseling today to get started in in-person counseling or online counseling. Let’s get to work.

Services we offer:

  • Counseling
  • Relationship
  • Career
  • Family
  • Money​
  • Balance
  • Health
  • Adult Therapy
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Geriatric Therapy
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • ODD
  • Trauma
  • PTSD
  • Autism
  • Behavioral Modification
  • Life Skills
  • Addictions
  • LGBT
  • Transgender issues
  • Couples therapy
  • Sexual identity
  • Premarital
  • Sex Therapy
  • Career Consulting
  • Navigating Office Dynamics
  • Career Coaching
  • Strategies for balancing Work , Life, and Family
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Leadership Qualities
  • Management Skills
  • Team Building
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback
  • Mid Career Consultations
  • Assessments
  • Initial Clinical Interview
  • Academic and Intellectual Functioning
  • Cognitive
  • Personality
  • Psychological
  • Behavioral

Our Clients Get More

We call this The Thriveworks Difference

Thriveworks Typical Counseling Practice
Offices open early and late
Same- or next-day appointments
Appointments start on time Unlikely
Care at 240+ locations
Phone access to your provider between sessions
Email access to your provider between sessions
Providers that accept major insurance plans
Online counseling opportunities Unlikely
Ask-a-coach 24hr Q&A
Text support via our Success Navigator
Exclusive video content
Counselor-moderated community discussion
Ultra-flexible 23.5hr cancellations
A free e-copy of "Leaving Depression Behind"
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People Love Our Providers!

Overall Rating: 5★★★★★ based on 38 5 1 38 reviews. See all reviews
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Good people.

Everyone is very nice and are really easy to talk to!
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Debra Maxwell is Awesome!

Debbie has helped me effectively manage the stress in my current work environment. She has also provided me with practical real-life applications to help me work toward my immediate and long-term goals. I am fortunate to have Debbie as a therapist!
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Debbie is such an amazing person to talk to and she helped me through so much in the past year. She has helped me to understand myself and work through my problems. Absolutely amazing :)
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Carlton is Amazing

Carlton was tremendous in helping me to overcome my anxiety issues. I enjoyed working with him and am grateful for the care and skill he provided to help me get my life back. If you're dealing with anxiety and are ready for help I highly recommend, Carlton.
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Former Employee

Mrs. Anna Gantt-Gordon has an exceptional personality and attitude in working with clients. She goes the extra mile to advocate and encourages others. Great to work with.
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Carlton is Excellent

I am both a client of Carlton's as well as a healthcare provider that sends him patients. Personally, I feel that Carlton is an excellent counselor who has an incredible skill set when it comes to diagnosing and managing a wide variety of situations and conditions. He is an active listener, non-judgmental, and someone I feel comfortable opening up to. He has helped me successfully navigate challenging situations in my life, and I continue to see and trust Carlton to help me continue my growth as a person. I like that he works in the evenings as that allows me to fit counseling into my busy schedule. I drive an hour to see him because I believe in the quality of his therapy. Professionally, he is my favorite counselor to refer patients to because he is easy to access, flexible in his schedule, and I consistently get positive feedback from my patients on their experiences with him. I highly recommend him to anyone needing personal or couples counseling. While I personally do not have issues with addiction, I am aware that he is especially skilled at helping patients manage substance abuse / addictions.
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The best in Columbia

Carlton Andrews was the third counselor I talked to, trying to find the best fit for me and I’m so glad I found him! I connected with him from the first appointment because he makes you feel so comfortable. His skill level and knowledge are excellent. He makes you feel validated but at the same time doesn’t sugar coat anything, he’s tells you what you need to hear. He truly had a passion for wanting to help people. He is gentle, kind and caring. I’m thankful I found him and have him as a safe place to go. I highly recommend Carlton if you are looking for an amazing counselor who will love and care about you.
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Couldn’t be more impressed

Carlton is nothing short of amazing. I consider him something of a mentor. It's not always easy talking to someone about deeply personal aspects of your life, but with Carlton, I'm truly at ease. He is patient, kind, a focused listener, and demonstrates an attentiveness rarely seen. Moreover, his insights have deeply resonated with me and given me a solid foundation on which to stand.
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Better Me

Carlton has helped me better understand myself, so much. I feel like I’ve unlocked parts of my brain that I didn’t know exist and that I can function better because of it. Also, on days where I’ve been super down or hard on myself, Carlton has always worked me in. I’d definitely recommend trusting him to help you with anything!
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Best Experience

Carlton has done a great job helping me understanding how to navigate my thoughts, emotions, and the overall way I process the world. He’s helped me overcome a lot of resistance and he’s done so with a lot of patience. He’s the best I’ve ever worked with and you should trust him with your experience.
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Compassionate & Caring Carlton

Carlton is a wonderful counsellor. Not only does he set you at ease, you can immediately see that he wants the absolute best life for you. As authentic as they come! I'm so thankful that I took a chance on Thriveworks and counseling in general. I'm not sure where I would be without the honest guidance of Carlton and his reserves of patience and understanding.
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Carlton Andrews Review

I have been seeing Carlton for therapy sessions for a year now, and he has helped me so much. Not only has he been able to help with therapy, he has helped me with professional training. I cannot be more honest in saying that I have had the ideal therapeutic experience with Carlton. I wish Carlton could be everyone's therapist because he's one of the best!
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Great Place

Kiaya is an amazing counselor ! I'm looking forward to my sessions with her. Everyone was very friendly and I'm so happy that I've found this place.
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So glad I found them

I'm so glad I found Thriveworks! Dr. Pena-Cabana has been so helpful to me and my children. She and the other counselors are very talented at understanding problems and finding effective treatments. I referred a friend, who is also very happy with a different Thriveworks counselor. They are able to treat a variety of problems in adults and children.
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Faculty & Service

I highly recommend Thriveworks! The service from the faculty is surperb from the front office to the life coaches & counselors!! I have been going to Thriveworks for 3 years now and, I absolutely love it! They don't treat you like a number like the other places do! If you or someone you know needs couciling then call Thriveworks Mon-Sat! Yes, I said Saturday! They will help you in anyway they can to make you see the light at the end of the tunnel! Thank you Thriveworks for all of the services y'all have provided me with and still do! Without of all of you I don't know where I would be today!
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Dr Pena and her staff

Searching for the right therapist that understands military members and our challenges is like dating, you have to keeping looking around to find the right one. Thank goodness, finding Dr. Pena was a blessing! She is warm, reliable, and trustworthy. She helps me cope with my everyday life challenges stemming from three decades of military and combat service. Jessica makes great use of social media - Skype, FaceTime, and texting which makes it convenient for me to stay in touch whether for appointments or those very important times when I really need to contact her. She is always positive and, at this point in my life, seeking help is not always the easiest thing to do. But having a therapist like Jessica who has an incredible way by asking the right questions to help me get to root of what I’m feeling. She also offered me many valuable tools and recommendations to help me deal with my day to day mental health. Her front staff is very, very efficient, helpful and extremely competent. They are soo sweet. I’ve never had nothing but great service from them over the years. I am so very grateful for having such an intelligent, compassionate and knowledgeable counselor. She has helped me so much! I would highly recommend her to anyone who is serious about their mental health.
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Wonderful People

From the moment I first walked through the doors, I have been treated with respect, and care. I feel so at ease with all the people I have met there. I cannot recommend this team of mental health care providers enough!
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Wonderful and caring staff

I just wanted to say how much I appreciate Dr. Pena and her staff. I can't even begin to tell you how much she has helped me. She will go out of her way to make me feel cared for and heard. The fact that she responds to texts and emails shows how much she cares and goes out of her way to make sure I'm ok. I've learned so much these past few months and I couldn't have done it without you. Thank you.
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Patrick is a STAR

I was ready to give up hope of ever healing from PTSD when I found Thriveworks. Patrick’s approach using CPT worked when traditional counseling by several other therapists had failed. I really was beginning to believe PTSD was just something I’d have to learn to live with, but Patrick taught me how to work through my issues using the worksheets on my own. As a military spouse, my time with Patrick had a deadline as my husband’s service time at Fort Jackson came to a close. Patrick ensured that I took with me the tools to continue working through my issues long after leaving his office. I can’t thank him enough for changing my inner voice, and giving me the power to stop negative thoughts and process them in a healthy way. Patrick changed my life and after struggling for all of my adult life, I finally have the confidence to live without shame and understand my value. He has a deep understanding of the unique struggles military couples face, and worked tirelessly with my husband and me. Thank you, and Patrick, for teaching me how to save myself and my marriage.
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Be your on critic

I've been in and out of therapy and hospitals over the past couple of years. I have had bouts of depression and a lot of trauma that I have had to work through. I also have a pattern of running away and getting mad when I'm challenged or things don't go my way, but this time I didn't run and haven't ran. Dr. Pena was very encouraging, down to earth, caring, and helpful which was a blessing. But warning to all, she is a busy lady and sometimes getting an apt can be tricky. But she will make time and do what she can to see you. My advice is get in and keep your apps, because there is a reason she is busy, but never too busy to return a text or come in when she didn't have to. Thank you because that little bit of care and time actually meant more to me than anyone can imagine.
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Please don't do business with this company. Your loved one's life may depend on it. I scheduled an emergency appointment and have email confirmation of said appointment. When patient arrived, they were left waiting for an hour and fifteen minutes. At which time, patient expressed concern over wait time, he was informed that they didn't know what happened, but they couldn't see him because they had accidentally cancelled his appointment. For a therapy practice to make these errors and turn away patients in times of high anxiety is unacceptable and unethical.
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Poor process for scheduling

On our second appointment we arrived signed in at sat down. Twenty minutes later I got up to ask the front desk girl what was going on. She spoke to the counselor and came back to tell us our appointment was earlier in the day but the counselor would try to work us in if we waited. I asked when the appointment was she said we were not anywhere on the calendar. I know the time and date we scheduled for. Even if we did come at the wrong time why would they not tell us at check in? Poor systems.
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Received a bill a year later

I first scheduled a therapy session back in April of 2017. I had chosen a particular therapist but when I showed up for my intake interview I was interviewed by someone else. I figured this was the process. I didn't realize that they paired me with a different therapist. After paying for the intake interview, I realized that it would not be a good fit which was no big deal. I called and emailed to cancel my next appointment. Fast forward a year later and ... I receive a bill for the intake interview AND the canceled interview from almost a year ago. A total of $179. I have emailed and called several times. The phone number on the bill does not work. Not one response from the emails. I called the main corporate number and they even agreed that this particular location is hard to get in touch with. I think my bill is now in collections and my credit score has been affected. I did nothing wrong yet I'm paying the price. I would not recommend this location.
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Rigging your score

Rigging your reviews? Don't allow dissenters to post? That's low. Even from you. I guess you found a way to keep people from knowing the truth about how you treat patients there.
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I started going to Thriveworks after DSS came into my life and took my daughter and granddaughter. The owner, Dr. Pena, told me she would do everything in her power to help me get them back. The scathing psychological report she wrote for me cost me at least 6 months, of not longer, in my get them back. Then the court demanded documents answering certain questions. Each therapist, including Dr Pena, that we saw refused to rewrite their statements when the court said it was not sufficient. The only therapist that completely answered the courts demands was Patricia Brandon. The only therapist on the building worth seeing. The only one with honor. Now, almost two years later, I get a text reminding me of my appt. Don't have one of course. But it did remind me to leave my own review. Tried to rate -0 but the thing wouldn't let me. Go figure!
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Highly Recommend

Patrick is great! He challenges you, but in a constructive manner. Scheduling with Thriveworks is amazing!
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Best money ever spent

This place is amazing and what therapy is about. Dr. Pena, Patrick, James, Rachell, it really doesn't matter who you are going to see you will be cared for. Accountability and commitment to helping you move forward with whatever issues you face is where they shine. They listen, they care, they help you set small goals and they help give you the tools you need succeed with your goal. Couldn't ask for a better set up and a great location!
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A little perspective!

I have the responsibility of providing perspective. I know how damaging bad therapy is. It's possible they aren't bad therapists, and I was a rogue client. It's more likely we were a bad fit, but to all the people who are only looking to nip an imbalance in the bud, do yourself a favor and research. It will save you thousands on appointments. I had sessions with Mr. Pellicer every week and Dr. Pena occasionally for 5 months. Some therapists aren't for everyone, and you shouldn't trust anyone but yourself to make that clear. Feeling worse every week isn't indicative of recovery. I left that office for the last time feeling the same as when I first came in, nothing. If you find yourself coming out of a session feeling like you only have to make it through a week before you get to go back, ask yourself what the therapy is doing to you. I was pushed spirituality as a solution to my problems, but now I know that was never an issue. After a low that landed me in the hospital, I was connected to a more experienced therapist and over roughly 10 sessions, I learned how to trust myself. I came out stronger, but it was hard to accept the absurdity of why I let it all go on for so long.
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Dr. Rodriguez is the best therapist in the world! Her dedication and expertise were above my expectations! I highly recommend her!
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Great People who care!

I was having a hard time with my partner and was ready to give up, but we took a chance after some research and found the help we really needed. Sometime you need someone to sit, listen, and guide you. Thank You!
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Had an outstanding experience thanks to Dr.rodriguez.I would recommend
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It was difficult asking for help, but the staff and therapist ensured that I was comfortable and made it the best decision. I plan to continue going again.
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Caring and Intellegent professionals who care about you and are very successful at what they do.
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Wonderful and Caring Counselors

Ive worked with a number of counselors over the past few years and have more relief in the past few months then ever before. The caring atmosphere and coffee is a nice touch when you feel down. Dr. Pena and the rest of the staff go out of their way to say hello and care.
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professional and compassionate

The people here actually care and are compassionate. Even when I'm having a bad day and need a little more help then normal... They go out of their way to help.
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the Oasis amongst my chaos

Deceived into moving to this city, I sought marriage counseling and tried three separate counselors and an additional counselor after I was abandoned. Not only did those other counselors not listen properly to be able to understand the dynamics of my situation, they didn't have the proper experience to recognize the complexity of the symptoms I was displaying, nor could they fully understand what I was going through. How can someone help us if they don't understand? They can't. Nor can we teach our children to tie their shoes if we don't know how to tie shoes ourselves. Even though I knew the name of the abuse I was subjected to, I was emotionally dismissed by other counselors throughout the city. Once I found Dr. Pena and read through all her credentials, her experience, her specialties, her background and experience with the Military, I thought she sounded too good to be true. With the complexities of what my family has been through, I finally found some hope again. Dr. Pena is highly intelligent, compassionate, patient, quick witted and humorous. She also pulls no punches, which is what we need sometimes. I only wish I would have found her sooner so I didn't have to go through the hell I've been through alone, without her proper guidance. I am eager to continue learning the coping strategies she's teaching me and to continue to heal and grow as an individual and as a parent. Until my journey is complete and my heart and soul are healed, Dr. Pena shall remain the Oasis amongst my chaos.
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Highly recommended!

The staff at are incredible! Anytime my family and I need something they are always there for us. I highly recommend to anyone needing help. Kudos to Dr. Pena & her team! :)
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will never leave thriveworks!!

Absolutely love and the staff! They genuinely care about me and my family! We are not an instance claim.or a case number, we are individuals and treated as such! I would never recommend another theraputical office to anyone else.! I wish I could give 10 stars because they deserve it!!!! HIGHLY recommend to anyone seeking services!
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