Meet Our Providers


Allison Amick
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid

Allison Amick, MRC, LPC-A

Allison Amick, MRC, LPC-A has over 14 years of experience working in the mental health field. She received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Winthrop University in 2004.  She received her Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine in 2009. Allison began her career working with individuals diagnosed with Bi-Polar, Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorders, Panic Disorders, and various other diagnosis in a Psychosocial Clubhouse setting. She completed her graduate level internship at The Renfrew Center of North Carolina working as an intensive outpatient group and individual therapist for those with Eating Disorders. Allison has training in CBT and integrative modalities working with Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, Binge eating disorders, and EDNOS. Allison has experience in crisis counseling, abuse recovery counseling, and recovery from traumatic experiences. She has experience counseling and placing people in careers of their choice to enhance their lives and wellness. Allison also spent four years as a researcher for the Department of Neuropsychiatry Division of Biological research through the University of South Carolina working on studies involving Schizophrenia and Addictions.  She has a holistic approach to therapy and tailors each counseling experience to the needs of the client.

In her spare time Allison enjoys spending time with her family, reading, listening to podcasts, meditation, studying holistic medicine, spending time outdoors and traveling.

Bonita Wheeler
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid

Bonita Wheeler, LMSW

Bonita Wheeler has approximately 9 years of experience in working with families, children, adolescents, and adults with varying mental health diagnoses.  She received both her Bachelor’s and Master’s  degrees from Winthrop University in Rock Hill, SC. While at Winthrop, Bonita completed internships with the Rock Hill Solicitor’s Office, Fresenius Medical Care, and the United States Attorney’s Office.  She began her career at a Forensic Counseling Agency as an intake coordinator. Shortly thereafter, she began working with adults diagnosed with Bi-Polar Disorder, Borderline Personalty Disorder, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, and PTSD at an outpatient treatment facility. Bonita’s work with children, adolescents, and families continued as she began work with a therapeutic foster care agency.  She worked with youth diagnosed with ADHD/ADD, Behavioral issues, Bipolar Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and emotional disturbances.
Bonita’s experiences has yielded her skills in the following areas:
  • Parenting
  • Grief
  • Anger Management
  • ADHD
  • Coping
  • Family Conflict
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Self-Esteem
  • Emotional Disturbances
  • PTSD
  • ODD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Borderline Personality Disorder
She has training in Trauma Focused-CBT, DBT, Deescalation, and Advocacy.  She works from a collaborative framework and is client focused.
Bonita was born and raised in South Carolina.  She’s worked in Rock Hill, SC; Fort Mill, SC; Charlotte, NC; Greenville, SC; Spartanburg, SC; and Columbia, SC. She is licensed only in South Carolina as a Licensed Master Social Worker.
In her spare time she enjoys time with her friends;, her toy poodle (Callie Wags), music, and movies.  She loves road trips, working out (especially Zumba), and working as an Independent Beauty Consult with Mary Kay.  "
Carlton Andrews
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • PAI

Carlton Andrews, LPC, NCAC

Carlton Andrews has over 22 years of experience working in the counseling field. In 2005 he received his Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine. He is a Licensed Professional Counselor as well as a Nationally Certified Addictions Counselor. Through his career he has primarily focused on those working to free themselves from substance use disorders as well as gambling, pornography and sex addiction. Carlton has worked extensively with couples, impaired professionals and others seeking to change habits and personality traits that hinder their happiness. One cornerstone for Carlton is helping his clients recognize, face, and overcome the fear often associated with having personal difficulties. While enjoying a focused, yet laid back approach, Carlton uses varied methods in his counseling practice. Among these are cognitive behavioral therapy , motivational interviewing, psychodynamic therapy and mindfulness. Carlton has facilitated continuing education trainings for other counselors and is an Adjunct Professor at the University of South Carolina's School of Medicine. He also has a special interest in using Skype and other internet tools to provide Distance Counseling to those that believe therapy may help, but for various reasons, are unable to get started. Currently Carlton is pursuing his goal of becoming a Licensed Supervisor for other Professional Counselors.

James Fanning
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • PAI

James Fanning, LPC, MEd

James has spent years helping people identify what may be wrong in their lives and helping them develop a plan to address these problems. He has a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from USC School of Medicine. He is licensed by the state of South Carolina as a Professional Counselor. He also has a Master’s Degree in Education Administration from USC. James holds the designation of GCDF, Global Career Development Facilitator, so he can help with career decisions. In addition, James is a National Board Certified Teacher/Counselor.
James has spent the last 15 years working in High Schools and Middle Schools, while maintaining a Private Clinical Practice. He has extensive experience working with adolescents and young adults concerning behavior, mental health and substance abuse issues. Prior to working in schools, James worked at a multitude of mental health agencies with all populations including, Lexington Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counsel, Department of Juvenile Justice, Department of Mental Health, Department of Social Services, Columbia Metro Treatment Center, and Three Rivers Treatment Center.

James’s counseling theory is Solution Focused (what we need to do to feel better and how are we going to do it). Identifying these two items is the goal of therapy. James believes that the therapist/clinician relationship is paramount to success. Whatever the issues may be, there is definitely a process to address the issue and be happy and satisfied with life.
James loves spending time with his two teen aged children and his wife of 23 years.

Jane Tsamoh
Accepting:
  • Aetna
  • CareFirst
  • Cigna
  • Compsych
  • Humana
  • Magellan
  • Medicare
  • Optum
  • UBH
  • United Healthcare
Self Pay Rate: $150: Intake $100: Follow-up

Jane Tsamoh, CRNP-PMH

Philosophy of Care

***Jane speaks English and French***

Jane is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner with over 10 years of psychiatric mental health/behavioral health nursing experience. Jane conducts psychiatric evaluations, diagnoses, and treats individuals with psychiatric mental health disorders across the lifespan (children, adolescents, adults, and older adults). Jane is a people’s person who uses her interpersonal skills to develop good rapports and build collaborative therapeutic partnerships with individuals in treatment. Jane values and practices person-centered, trauma-informed, recovery-focused, culturally competent, and innovative care.

Education

Walden University

Specialties

  • Major depressive disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Persistent depressive disorder and other mood disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)/ Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD) 
  • Trauma-related disorders-Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Schizophrenia spectrum disorders-schizoaffective disorder, schizophrenia, and psychotic disorders not otherwise specified
  • Substance use disorders
  • Personality disorders and challenging behaviors
Jessica Pena-Cabana
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • PAI

Jessica Pena-Cabana, PhD, MEd, CSC, LPC-S, CFC

Practice Owner of Columbia, SC Thriveworks, Therapist, Trainer, Instructor
Dr. Pena-Cabana has over 16 years of experience working with children, adolescents, couples, families, and adults with special needs and emotional issues. Dr. Pena-Cabana is trained as a National Certified Forensic Counselor (NAFC) and also in CBT, DBT, EMDR, Motivational Interviewing, Mindfulness, Solution focused, Play therapy, Grief and Loss, PTSD, and trauma. She is a member of AASECT/ Sex Therapist. She has work as a Clinical Director, Therapist, and Professor in NYC, Texas, and South Carolina. Dr. Pena-Cabana has the experience and ability to work with children with Autism, ADD/ADHD, oppositional behaviors, Anger Management, and trauma. Additionally, she provides therapy and supervision for Parenting, Grief and Loss, and Behavioral Problems and Families suffering from PTSD .

Dr. Pena-Cabana was trained in a Military setting to work with those suffering from various forms of PTSD, Anxiety, Addictions, Grief, and Depression. She is socially sensitive and able to work with diverse populations, including those who are monolingual Spanish, recent immigrants, and the LGBT population. Dr. Pena-Cabana has traveled extensively and has chosen South Carolina to be her home. She loves to travel, help people, and spend time with her family.

Michele Blanch-Barr, LISW

Just want to say hello and give some background about myself. I have lived in South Carolina as an infant, child, teenager and Adult. I am a member of the Baby Boomer Generation!! I really like being able to say that and know it still has relevance. Many of my views and beliefs have been shaped due to my experiences of these times.

I received my early education in Richland County Public Schools.

I received my Undergraduate Degree from Johnson C. Smith University. My major was Sociology. I received my MSW (Masters in Social Work) from the University of South Carolina. I have worked in Mental Health and Behavioral  Health  for most of my Professional Life. This includes MUSC - Behavioral Health (child and adolescent services ); Columbia Area Mental  Health Center ( child, adolescent and family  services) and Department of the Army (Behavioral Health  and Family Advocacy).  I enjoy  working with individuals, couples and families to address issues and resolve conflicts and concerns.  I recognize and support strengths in this process.   I consider myself a person of faith but make no judgment regarding others or their spirituality.  I enjoy reading, music, dancing, and playing cards.  I have one son and four Grandchildren.

My specialities include:

  • Marital therapy and partner/relationship issues
  • Family issues and family therapy
  • Individual therapy  (PTSD, Depression,  Anxiety, Adjustment Disorders)

Michelle Blanding, MA, LPCA, NCC

The journey of a thousand miles begins with that first step.  I’m glad you’re taking this first step.

I have approximately 9 years of experience in working with families, children, adolescents, and adults with varying challenges and mental health diagnoses.  I received my bachelor’s degree in Health Science with an emphasis in public health/epidemiology from Morris College in Sumter, SC and I received my master’s degrees Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Webster University in Columbia, SC. While at Webster, I completed my internships at Brighter Pathways LLC, where I continued to gain new experiences working in the healing arts and marveled at the human potential to overcome many difficulties.  I’m interested in a wide range of mental health concerns as I work to provide a safe space for clients to feel comfortable and welcome in sharing their concerns.

I also developed my knowledge base working with children, adolescents, and families extensively while working with agencies that provide support to families and children in therapeutic foster care experiencing PTSD from traumatic situations and families experiencing difficulties. My experience also extends into dealing with the challenges that are unique to the military family.

I use different types of therapies that may vary based on my client's preference and need including play therapy for the little ones. I most often use solution focused and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapies with my clients. However, the type of therapy will be tailored on the needs of my client. I have a passion for helping clients find the answers that are within themselves to determine how they want to grow or make change in their lives. Some of my specialties are in:

  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Balance
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self- Care
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues

Meet your therapist: I was born in South Carolina but traveled with my family to many places growing up, since home was where the military sent us. I was able to meet a lot of wonderful  people and gain many memorable experiences. I also enjoy spending time with my family and friends. I enjoy cooking, decorating and the holidays.

If you are ready, Let’s take the next step in your journey to wellness.

Olivia Sitton
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid

Olivia Sitton, MA, LPC/A

Olivia was born and raised in Greenville SC. She graduated from the University of South Carolina obtaining her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology in 2016. She continued her education at South University and recently obtained her Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Olivia is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and working towards obtaining her full LPC License. Olivia has been working in the mental health field for many years working with a variety of populations such as children, adolescents, young adults, adults, and senior citizens in different settings such as inpatient, residential, group homes, and outpatient. Olivia has experience working with children and providing 1:1 therapy to children diagnosed with Autism and also working with adolescents, young adults, adults who suffer from mental health issues. She has experience working in group settings while also working one on one with a client. Olivia has worked with clients who have a diagnosis of Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Substance Abuse Disorder, Depression, among others.

Olivia aspires to help clients overcome a difficult time in their life, so that they can once again live purposeful, joy-filled life, while honoring their past. She has worked with clients who suffer from trauma, anxiety, anger, lack of coping skills, behavioral issues, ADHD, self-harmful, school issues such as bullying, and learning disabilities. She is committed to continue to educate herself in gaining more knowledge and skills to best help her clients. Olivia has a passion for helping clients get back to a happy place and to help them reach the goals that they have for themselves.

If you are ready to make a change in your life, or simply just want someone to talk to and be a listening ear, please feel free to reach out.

Robert McCloy, Intern

Everyone needs help sometimes, I know I do.  Though we may feel alone, the truth is we are in this together.  The goal to grow and develop a greater sense of wellness on the continuum of well-being is one that we share.  Often in life our deepest challenges and pain derive from relationships; so, it is the counseling rapport that is most significant in resiliency and healing. Counseling is an authentic process--one which I believe in with all my heart--it is for those seeking the resources, strength, essence, and insight that reside within. Lao Tzu asserted, “A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.” I applaud your courage in moving forward in life, and I hope I can be of guidance to you.

With this in mind, my foundational approach is client centered.  However, I am versed in a multitude of theories, to include Existentialism, Systems, Contemporary Feminine, Multicultural, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Cognitive Processing Therapy, Emotion Focused Therapy, Dialectical Behavior Therapy (Mindfulness).  However, I am happy to collaboratively create a plan that best meets your individual needs. As a life-long learner, I am always expanding my knowledge base, building on experiential insights, and integrating theory.  I am especially interested in:

  • Trauma, post-traumatic stress, post-traumatic growth
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Adaptive coping mechanisms & self-regulation skills for depression & distress
  • Positive communication skills
  • Healthy, interdependent relationships
  • Values, boundaries, & self-esteem building
  • Rights, responsibilities, & robust family systems
  • Grief management
  • Positive behavior management systems
  • Parenting styles, attachment theory, & behavior plans for children
  • Self-care plans with integrated mindfulness practices
  • Resolving core conflicts that impede self-actualization & well-being

A little about me.  My life has been quite a wonderful, long and winding road.  I began in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and enlisted in the Army after college, serving five years. I settled in South Carolina, as my wife is a native, and began my teaching career, during which I earned a Master’s Degree in Education.  We have three teenagers now, and I have taught 8th grade English for the last 20 years.  I began my counseling endeavor about a year ago with a counseling internship, which I completed with honors, earning a Master’s Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.  I believe that my array of personal and professional experiences is a major asset to my clinical practice, and I am grateful for those that helped me get here today.

ShambrickaD. North
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • PAI

Shambricka D. North, LISW- CP

I know that for many people the hardest part of therapy is picking up the phone to ask for help, I want to thank you for taking that first step. Choosing the right person to help is a very individual process, and time after time the best predictor of successful counseling or therapy has been shown to be the quality of the relationship between the therapist and the client. If you feel confident that my training, approach to therapy, and personality are the right match for you, we will discuss our options regarding treatment.

The therapeutic process can vary, some clients meet their goals in a few sessions, others may come for several months, and others longer Because each client is a unique individual, there is no single 'right way' for therapy to proceed. I strive to build a strong rapport with my clients.

I enjoy working with diverse populations, including adults, children, families, couples, recent immigrants and the LGBT population. Using contemporary modalities such as Play and Expressive Art Therapies.

I use different types of therapy that may vary based on my client's preference and needs. I most often use solution focused and trauma-informed cognitive behavioral therapies with my clients. I believe that as a clinician it is my goal to help you find the answers you need to help yourself.
Specialties:
  • ADHD/ADD
  • Anger Management
  • Behavioral Issues
  • Career Counseling
  • Chronic Impulsivity
  • Codependency
  • Coping Skills
  • Divorce
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Domestic Violence
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emotional Disturbance
  • Family Conflict
  • Grief
  • Infidelity
  • Life Coaching
  • Oppositional Defiance
  • Parenting
  • Peer Relationships
  • Relationship Issues
  • School Issues
  • Self Esteem
  • Self-Harming
  • Sex Therapy
  • Sexual Abuse
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma and PTSD
  • Women's Issues
A little about me~ I was born and raised here in Columbia, South Carolina. However, I obtained my Bachelor Degree in Social Work from Coppin State University, Baltimore, Md and Master of Social Work from the University of New England, Portland, ME. I am licensed in both Washington, DC and the State of South Carolina as a License Independent Social Work-CP. I have experience working in Urban areas such as Baltimore and Washington, DC.
In my spare time I enjoy listening to music, watching movies, traveling and spending time with my family.

Tamara Grimm, LISW-CP, PhD Candidate

Tamara is an Ohio native who moved to Columbia in summer of 2017 to complete her PhD at the University of South Carolina, College of Social Work. Tamara's research area is gender related health disparities in both physical and mental healthcare. Specifically, she investigates system and provider level factors that lead to inequitable outcomes for female patients served by the US healthcare system. She received her Bachelor's in Psychology & Comparative Religion, with a minor in Women's Studies, from Miami University in Oxford, OH, in 2003. She received her Master's in Social Work from the University of Cincinnati in 2006. Tamara is also a 200 hour registered yoga teacher (RYT) and a Level 1-2 reiki practitioner.
Tamara has a breadth of professional experience, including sexual assault victim advocate, case management, clinical supervision of case management teams, psychotherapy and healthcare administration. She also currently teaches at the University of South Carolina.
Tamara's approach to counseling is patient centered, holistic and evidence based. She believes that every individual is unique and holds the keys to their own treatment success. In her free time, Tamara enjoys outings with her dog Harry, teaching yoga and traveling.
Debra Maxwell
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid
  • Molina
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Optum
  • PAI

Debra Maxwell, LPC, MA

In stressful times like these, we can all benefit from additional support in our lives, Therapy can be a stepping stone for living your best life, and we at Thriveworks excel in providing services to that end. For over 27 years I have learned, listened, and shared knowledge that I would be privileged to bring to you during your own journey. Born in Kentucky, I moved from Colorado several years ago to South Carolina. I earned my masters degree in clinical psychology from Middle Tennessee State in 1996 and have enjoyed a variety of work experiences over the years. Some of my areas of experience include:

  • Borderline personality
  • Codependency
  • Life Balance
  • Self Care
  • Family of Origin Dynamics
  • Boundary and Communication Difficulties
  • DBT
  • Relationship Issues
  • Resolving Trauma
  • Anxiety/Stress
  • Mindfulness
  • Couples Counseling
  • Phase of Life Challenges
  • Depression
  • Cognitive Distortions

    I provide sessions on Saturdays and some evenings in a casual atmosphere. If you are ready to start or continue your life's journey, then know I will work as hard as you to achieve the happiness and wholeness you deserve...and maybe share some smiles along the way!

Katy Linich
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid

Katy Linich, Ed.S, NCC, LPC, PhD

Kathryn (who goes by Katy) is a licensed professional counselor (LPC) in the state of South Carolina and a nationally certified counselor (NCC) from the National Board of Certified Counselors. She earned her BA degree in Psychology from Clemson University, and went on to complete her Education Specialist (Ed.S) degree in Counselor Education with an emphasis in marriage, couples, and family counseling, from the University of South Carolina. In addition to working as a counselor, Katy is has her PhD in Counselor Education and Supervision at USC. Her research interest is grief counseling and adjustment to an acquired physical disability.

She has worked with many different populations and all ages. Her most recent and extensive work experience is as an outpatient family therapist with children ages 4-18. However, she also has experience and specialized training in working with adults and couples. She also spent over a year with the SC Commission for the Blind, helping consumers process their adjustment to life with a visual impairment. She has treated individuals with depression, anxiety, addictions, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, grief and loss, adjustment concerns, anger management, and other mental health concerns. She works hard to create an open, easy-going, and honest environment where clients feel they are valued and understood. Katy sees past the surface to appreciate and build on the strengths of every client. In her (rare and precious) free time, Katy can be found listening to true crime/investigative journalism podcasts, snuggling with her dog, trying new recipes, and/or traveling for conferences and visits to loved ones.

Tarsha Jobe
Accepting:
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Molina
  • Tricare
  • Cigna
  • Optum

Tarsha Jobe, LPC

Tarsha Jobe is a Licensed Professional Counselor with been providing therapeutic services to children, teens, adults, couples and families since 1996. Tarsha has provided therapy services in the home, outpatient mental health facility, inpatient psychiatric facility and in the school setting. Tarsha has experience counseling, children, adolescents, adults, families and couples.

In addition, Tarsha has at least 18 years post master’s degree experience conducting clinical assessments, providing case management services, crisis services and individual/group/family therapy to children, adolescents and adults in an inpatient setting, outpatient setting and in-home setting.

Tarsha has a broad and unique base of experience counseling children and adolescents. Areas of emphasis with children include mood disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder, conduct disorder, attention deficit hyperactive disorder, schizophrenia and psychosis. Tarsha also has significant experience working with children and adolescents who have experienced developmental delays, varying degrees of trauma, various types of physical and/or sexual abuse, abandonment and/or neglect and dysfunctional family systems.

Tarsha sees adults for a variety of reasons including divorce, relationships, grief, depression, anxiety, trauma, life changes, etc. Tarsha strives to create a safe and nurturing atmosphere in which individuals can be supported in their efforts to change and grow as well as become reconnected to their strengths and dreams.

Kiaya Demonbreun
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid

Kiaya Demonbreun, LPC

Kiaya Demonbreun received her B.A. In Anthroplogy at Wake Forest University. She earned a Master's degree in Counseling from Colorado Christian University. Kiaya is committed to working with adults, children, couples, and families from all population groups. She is committed to gaining knowledge, skills, and expertise needed to aid others in improving their life quality. Kiaya aspires to become a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor.

Kiaya enjoys spending her leisure time with her boyfriend and their friends, as well as with her dog. She is Native to Columbia, SC. When she is not at Thriveworks, Kiaya works as a Medical Assistant/ Scribe.

Sally Pitt
Accepting:
  • BCBS
  • Cenpatico
  • South Carolina Medicaid
  • Select Health
  • Blue Choice Medicaid

Sally Pitts, LPCA

Sally Pitts is a Masters of Counseling candidate from Wake Forest University. She received a Bachelors of Arts in Psychology from the University of South Carolina in 2014. Sally is originally from Washington, DC but after loving her time at USC she decided to make Columbia her home. When not at Thriveworks, Sally is a Veterinary Technician and loves her time spent helping animals. She hopes to one day become licensed in Animal Assisted Therapy. She is committed to helping all populations and to learning from those around her.

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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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Amazing

★★★★★
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 SEEK HELP ELSEWHERE

★☆☆☆☆
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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Perspective

★☆☆☆☆
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 battle.to 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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OUTSTANDING

★★★★★
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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Awesome

★★★★★
Had an outstanding experience thanks to Dr.rodriguez.I would recommend
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Wonderful!!

★★★★★
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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Amazing

★★★★★
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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