Meet Our Providers
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, 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.
Jessica Pena-Cabana, PhD, MEd, CSC, LPC-S, CFC
Founder & President, 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.
Natasha Scott, MA, LPC
Natasha has been working in the field of behavioral health for more than 10 years. Natasha holds a BS in Psychology from George Mason University and an MA in Counseling with an emphasis on Community Mental Health from Webster University. She is also a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern. In addition Natasha is also a certified CPI instructor and a CARF Surveyor.
Originally from Trinidad and Tobago, she has traveled extensively worldwide and lived in several countries throughout the Middle East and Southeast Asia. She moved to South Carolina from Staten Island, NY in 2003, beginning her career with the forensic population then branching out into community mental health. Natasha has honed her clinical skills over the years providing multiple services to adults afflicted with serious mental illness. She has a strong passion for the work she does and is dedicated to assisting her clients meet their goals. Her specialties include working with adults who have serious mental illness, trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy, anxiety counseling, psychosocial education and forensics. Natasha is a firm believer in the counseling process and is able to work with culturally diverse populations. She works with adults to encourage healing and overall wellbeing so they can once again lead fulfilled lives. Natasha is married and loves spending time with her kids. She enjoys watching movies, playing games, reading and traveling.
Rachel Long, PhD, NCSP, LPES
Dr. Long earned a bachelor’s degree in Experimental Psychology, a master’s degree in School Psychology, and a doctorate in School Psychology from the University of South Carolina. She is a practicing school psychologist, an instructor in psychology at the University of South Carolina and an adjunct faculty member in the Social and Behavioral Sciences Department at Midlands Technical College. Dr. Long has ten years of experience working with children, adolescents and adults suffering from a range of difficulties, including anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, and oppositional defiance. She also has worked extensively with individuals diagnosed with autism, ADHD, learning disabilities, and severe emotional disturbance, and with parents, providing coaching and parenting strategies that promote healthy relationships and family functioning. Dr. Long is a native of South Carolina. In her spare time, she enjoys being in the outdoors and spending time with her family and friends.
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.
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.
- Anger Management
- Behavioral Issues
- Career Counseling
- Chronic Impulsivity
- Coping Skills
- Domestic Abuse
- Domestic Violence
- Eating Disorders
- Emotional Disturbance
- Family Conflict
- Life Coaching
- Oppositional Defiance
- Peer Relationships
- Relationship Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Sex Therapy
- Sexual Abuse
- Suicidal Ideation
- Trauma and PTSD
- Women's Issues
Deana Tucker, LPC
Deana Tucker is a native of South Carolina and has worked in human services/helping profession for over 12 years. Deana is a Clinical Counselor with a Master’s Degree from Webster University. She is a Certified Addictions Counselor II for the state of South Carolina, as well as a Licensed Professional Counselor.
She enjoys working with a variety of populations which ranges from elementary students, teens, adults and family units. Deana has experience with providing services in outpatient, home, and residential settings. She has helped youth work on vital life issues that include of self-esteem, decision making, grief, anger / behavioral / and crisis management. Deana has also had the opportunity to work with individuals who have psychiatric disorders ranging from mild to severe within the local community. Over the years Deana has worked in several capacities which have broaden her diversity and ability to work with various populations.
She enjoys spending time with her family, vacationing at the beach, and fishing!
Favorite Quote: Be your own kind of beautiful! (Author unknown)
Debra Maxwell, LPC, MA
Originally from Louisville KY, Debbie landed in South Carolina almost four years ago, bringing with her over 25 years of experience working in the mental health field. Debbie received her BS degree through Tennessee State University, and her Masters in Clinical Psychology at Middle Tennessee State. She then left Tennessee and traveled around a bit, living in Arizona and then Colorado before heading back east. Debbie has worked in a variety of settings including outpatient clinics, emergency rooms, and with a mobile crisis team.
Her eclectic approach to therapy includes and combines components of CBT, DBT, TF/CBT, CPT, Motivational Interviewing, Reality Therapy, SFCT, REBT, UP, Mindfulness, and crisis intervention. Debbie has worked extensively with personality disordered clients and the chronic and severely mentally ill population. She has worked with all age groups but primarily with adults, and more recently older adults. She has experience in program design and management, case management, assessment, and both individual and group therapy. Debbie enjoys accompanying clients on their individual journeys towards wholeness and happiness, with hopefully sharing some smiles along the way.
Francis P. Segedin, Ph.D., LPC/S, NCC
Dr. Francis Segedin received his Ph. D. from the University of Wyoming in counselor education and supervision. He received a Master of Arts degree in counseling from Ball State University. He has a wide variety of experience working with individuals, couples, and families. Counseling is a process in which change can take place as the client sets their goals in a user- friendly environment where empowerment, collaboration, and growth can take place.
Dr. Segedin uses the methods of solution oriented brief therapy, structural, systemic, and narrative schools of family therapy. The goal is for the clients to learn how to help themselves. Clients are empowered to find meaningful ways to change and overcome the challenges they face.
Dr. Francis specialize in relationship difficulties, communication skills, anger management, trauma, abuse, life transitions, depression, bereavement, assertiveness, stress management, loss, separation, sexual orientation, spirituality, career issues
Katy Linich, Ed.S, NCC, LPC
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 currently pursuing 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, 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.
Ayanna McNeil, MA
Ayanna received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Criminal Justice from Claflin University in Orangeburg, South Carolina. She earned her Masters of Arts Degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Webster University and aims to become a Licensed Professional Counselor in the State of South Carolina. Ayanna has over 9 years of experience working with children to include elementary, middle and high school students.
Ayanna has a desire to help others and is dedicated to work with all populations. She holds a certification from safeTALK (suicide alertness) and has also completed training in psychological first aid, threat recognition and emotional intelligence. Ayanna brings her positive attitude and passion to the counseling field in hopes to make a difference in the lives of many.
Ayanna enjoys traveling, shopping, and spending time with her fiancé’ and family.
Jim Troyer, Psychologist, PhD
Congratulations, you’ve taken the first step towards increasing your well-being, or helping a loved one. I have provided what I believe you would like to know about me to better serve you.
I am proud to say I’m a retired Air Force veteran who enjoyed not only serving my country, but also serving those who served. Over the last 20+ years, I have coached and counseled others to tap into their full potential and overcome personal and professional difficulties. My passion and my ability to provide professional assistance stem from my education, training, and experience. I hold a PhD. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology with an emphasis in assessments, consulting, coaching, and counseling. My peer reviewed research covers occupational stress, motivation, self-regulation, and meditation. Lastly, I draw upon 21 years of military service and six years in the private sector understanding why and how people do what they do.
My outlook on well-being may seem out of place considering my occupational history. However, I believe everyone has all the tools they need to get what they want out of life. Typically, what gets in the way is some type of limiting self-talk or belief; for example: “Perfection is what I strive for” and “Self-sufficiency is what gets me ahead” or “Expect others will take advantage of you or they will disappoint you.” These phrases vary from person to person, but the feelings that accompany them are nearly the same for everyone: fear (anxiety), anger (frustration), resentment (disgust), and sadness (depression).
Not only are negative emotions unpleasant, they prevent us from overcoming life’s demands. Within a therapeutic or coaching relationship, clients investigate multiple perspectives to make sense of what is considered chaos. Clients then explore what new behaviors will solve their problems or remove their barriers. As a result, clients transform hopelessness or helplessness into optimism, hope, and confidence. Positive emotions are the pathway for creativity and adaptation. Therefore, when clients are emotionally positive, more of their knowledge, skills, and abilities are available to create what previously hasn’t been possible. For instance, negotiating with someone instead of being passive, kicking a bad habit, or reaching aa only dreamt about goal. In coaching or counseling, commitment precipitates dreams to plans, and plans to actions. Actions create reality; what do you wish to create?
If you wish to make some changes in your life, take the first small step and contact me to see if together we can make your dream a reality.
Maryann Cruz Acevedo, MS, LPCA
Maryann has been a resident of South Carolina since the age of 5. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from South University where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Clinical Psychology. She also graduated from Francis Marion University with a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology. Since 2013, she has been working with offenders of domestic violence at the Domestic Abuse Center. Maryann is bilingual; she speaks English and Spanish. She is an avid animal rescuer and has a strong passion to help others. Away from Thriveworks, she enjoys reading, drawing, and binge watching Netflix with her boyfriend and her dogs.
Arnita Patterson, MA
Arnita, originally from Cleveland Ohio, has been in South Carolina for 6 years working as a data analyst for Veterans Health Administration. Arnita has a Master’s in Business, and is recently completed her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
As an Air Force veteran, Arnita is dedicated to working within the military population as a volunteer. She has been working with veterans for over 3 years as a certified coach for chronic pain management. She is also a certified mediator and guardian ad litem for Richland County.
Janeice Evans, MA, LPCi
Janeice earned her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology with a concentration in law from Queens University of Charlotte and a Masters in Counseling with an Emphasis on Mental Health from Webster University. She possesses over 14 years of experience in the human services/counseling profession. Janeice has worked with a variety of populations with the goal of enhancing their lives through empowering the individual to identify, confront and resolve the very thing which is hindering them from living a happy and fulfilled life.
Janeice embraces and utilizes a holistic approach to therapy. She is a firm believer that every aspect of an individual’s existence is an important factor in true healing. Through utilization of this perspective Janeice explores an individuals mental, emotional, physical, financial and spiritual health along with life experiences to develop the most effective plan of treatment for long-term life changes. She encourages her clients to gain an understanding of how their life experiences have influenced their present mindset and aid them in challenging these thoughts, thus reframing their thought process. This change in how they see and manage themselves and their lives will further improve their ability to enhance every aspect of their life.
Janeice truly has a passion for helping people and enjoys seeing clients’ overcome personal, professional, relational or life challenges. She subscribes to the thought that the desire to heal is a personal choice and the power of one’s ability to change undesired aspects of their life lies within them. Janeice is open to working with anyone who is truly ready and willing to put in the work needed to bring about the changes they desire to see in their life.
Kiaya Demonbreun received her B.A. In Anthroplogy at Wake Forest University. She is currently earning 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.
Janet Foster, MEd, LPCi
Janet Foster received her MEd in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Lamar University. She has been trained and in Expressive Arts Therapy; Dream Analysis; Rostered in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT); Certified in Career and Performance coaching. She believes in using an eclectic style of therapy in order to achieve the best results for the client. Everyone is different. Their path to growth and discover needs to be customized to their individual needs.
Her areas of interest lie in working with individuals on various levels from different backgrounds. Her areas of focus include but are not limited to: Depression; Anxiety; Personality Disorders; Eating Disorders; Trauma Processing; Family Disruptions; Phase of Life Challenges; Dream Analysis; Identity Issues; Grief and Loss; Divorce and Separation Support; Couples; Occupational challenges; Career Counseling.
We all have an internal narrative that rehearses in our brains which sets the stage for our lives. Janet works with the client to reinvent that internal narrative in order to create and maintain a new version of self. She truly believes everyone has the potential to be great!
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.