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Resident Practitioners

Caroline Ilderton MA, LPC, CDWF

Individual Therapy and Group Facilitation

• Licensed Professional Counselor

• Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator

• Yoga Teacher

• Life Transitions

• Emotional Resilience

• Addiction Recovery

• Codependency Recovery

• Grief/Loss

 

I integrate methods from current research and wisdom traditions to facilitate positive change. Over the last 24 years I've created workshops and retreats including “The Artists Way”, Ecotherapy Retreats, Women’s Circles, Recovery groups, the Daring Way™ and Rising Strong™.  In the community of a group each life story is a teacher.  I trained at Holy Cow Yoga Studio for the 200 hour certification and continue advanced studies,  teaching a restorative style to foster connection to our bodies. 

 

I understand the suffering addiction, depression, worry and life struggles create for individuals and families. I teach tools to inspire curiosity around patterns and life choices/history, promote self- compassion,and help define life enriching personal strengths.  My commitment to provide a safe, professional setting cultivates the rich ground work needed for a strong return to an authentic self. Throughout my career I have found great joy in helping with this meaningful transformation.

  

Beth Keyserling LMFT, LPC

Adult Individual & Couples

• Marital & Couples counseling

• Depression & Anxiety

• Grief, including Peri &  Post-natal loss

• Addiction

• Adjusting to Marriage or birth of a child

• Codependency

• Certified ARISE Interventionist for alcohol & drug addiction

• Internal Family Systems (IFS) therapist

I have been working as a Marriage & Family therapist for over 35 years. I am an interactive therapist who collaborates with clients to learn new skills, find new solutions to problems and identify and change negative and self-defeating beliefs and behaviors.

 

I am committed to assisting my clients in developing a life in which they feel happy, satisfied and peaceful.  I am also passionate helping addicted individuals and families get help and healing.

Karen Tarpey MSW, LISW

Children, Adolescents, Families, Adults

• EMDR Trained

• Play Therapy

• Co-Parenting

• Divorce

• Parent-Child Reunification Facilitator

• SOZO Prayer Trained

I am a Licensed Independent Social Worker and graduated from Catholic University with a Master of Social Work degree in 1987. I worked in the child welfare field in various settings in Washington, DC until I moved to Charleston and began a private practice in 1991.

 

I incorporate my training in EMDR, Play Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral, Family Therapy and SOZO prayer into my work with children, adults and families. My office setting and therapy style offers a safe and caring environment for healing, understanding and change. I use creative interventions in my work and am blessed and privileged to have the opportunities to work in this capacity with people earning their trust.

Beth Matenaer MA, LPC

Adults, Adolescents, Children, & Families

• Trauma/Loss

• Anxiety/Depression

• Attachment Issues

• Co-parenting & Divorce

• Adoption Issues

• Canine Assisted Psychotherapy

I am a Licensed Professional Counselor working with adults, children, adolescents and families in the Charleston area. I graduated from Antioch New England in 2001 and began my career working with high conflict families in crisis. Since that time, I have continued to not only be passionate about helping families in need but also teaching adults, parents and children the skills that they need to be happier and more effective. I am direct, compassionate, and fully invested in helping you understand how you got where you are AND how to evolve into a healthier version of yourself. 

 

I pride myself on using creative and strength based approaches to challenges and use canine assisted and equine assisted psychotherapy as well as art and other experiential methods to augment traditional talk therapy when needed. In addition to this, I care deeply about facilitating healing around issues related to adoption and attachment from the perspectives of both the child and adult.

Lisa Larkins MA, LPCI, CACP

Adults, Adolescents, Couples and Families

• Borderline Personality Disorder

• PTSD

• Trauma and Abuse

• Anxiety/Depression

• Infertility

• Addiction

• Mind/Body Holistic Approach

• DBT and EMDR

Lisa Larkins has spent several years working in the addiction field focusing on the relationship between mental health issues and substance use disorders. She is trained in Seeking Safety, a cognitive-behavioral therapy treating PTSD, and utilizes Dialectic Behavior Therapy, a type of psychotherapy that combines behavioral science with Buddhist concepts like acceptance and mindfulness in her practice. 


Lisa's areas of interest include depression, anxiety, bi-polar, PTSD, substance use, couples and relationships and women's specific issues such as reproductive and fertility issues.

Lisa’s approach to counseling is one that is both collaborative and strengths-based, allowing each individual to simultaneously develop trust and self-efficacy as a result of the therapeutic relationship. 

She is known for her natural ability to make one feel at ease; allowing the space to explore issues that are creating distress in one’s life at a pace that feels comfortable while still challenging and encouraging growth. 

Maureen McNichols, Ed.S, LPC

Adults and Couples

  • Licensed Professional Counselor

  • Certified Internal Family Systems Therapist

  • Certified Intimacy from the Inside Out Couples Therapist

  • Workshop facilitator

  • Life Transitions

  • Relationship Issues

  • Anxiety/Depression

Maureen is a licensed clinical professional counselor with 20 years experience in a variety of educational and clinical settings. She has advanced training and certifications in working with individuals and couples/relationship issues utilizing the Internal Family Systems model of therapy. She has also completed advanced couples training in the “Intimacy from the Inside Out Model” of couples counseling. Maureen is known for creating a safe and collaborative place for her clients to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviors that have developed as a way to handle life's difficult or traumatic experiences. Her belief is that all clients have at their core a centered, confident place that when accessed frees them to lead their lives more courageously and peacefully. Clients learn how to access their inner strength and access it to guide them in leading a more balanced, enjoyable life. She feels that through the development of these skills, individuals can be empowered to deal with life's daily challenges in a more effective way. Maureen's clinical practice includes the treatment of couples and individuals. Her areas of interest include working with individuals with anxiety and depression, women's issues, relationship issues and life transitions. She also conducts workshops including “Women and Their Inner Bully” and “Communication Issues for Couples.”

Karen Lewis, MA, LPCI

● Alcohol and Substance Abuse and Co-Occurring Disorders

● Therapy for family members struggling with a loved one’s addiction
● Anxiety and Panic Disorders
● Depression and Mood Disorders
● Relationship Counseling
● Identity Issues
● Trauma and Abuse
● Grief/Loss

Karen Lewis, MA, LPCI is a Licensed Professional Counselor specializing in helping individuals who are struggling with alcohol and substance abuse and the complex issues associated. She has clinical, educational, and personal experience in working with clients as they manage the challenges in their lives. She is passionate in providing vital support to individuals including; evaluating concerns, identifying and outlining detailed treatment plans, and delivering comprehensive support to those struggling with a variety of mental health issues. Karen is dedicated to working with her clients on improving spiritual and mental health through an integrated holistic approach.  Karen uses comprehensive therapeutic methods to help people of all ages work through life’s problems, heal emotional pain and discover methods of thinking, being and behaviors that can change their lives.

Karen Micaela Perlmutter, LISW-CP

  • Individuals, couples, and families

  • Alcohol Abuse

  • Anxiety

  • Chronic Relapse

  • Codependency

  • Coping Skills

  • Drug Abuse

  • Dual Diagnosis

  • Family dynamics around substance abuse

  • Relationship Issues

  • Substance Abuse
     

Making the choice to pursue therapy means two things: 1) you feel ready to face something you want to change or improve in your life, and 2) you realize that you don't have to do it alone. Both of these demonstrate wisdom and strength, and it's an honor to be a part of that journey with my clients. Taking the step to work with a therapist allows you to hit the "reset button" on circumstances that may otherwise have you stuck. It offers a fresh perspective and a new set of skills with which to tackle the problem.


I'm a Licensed Clinical Social Worker with 12 years' experience partnering with individuals, couples, and families on issues related to substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and relationship struggles. My approach is holistic. We won't just look at isolated problems, but work together to understand your personal context and goals.

When life gets complicated with issues related to substance abuse or mental health, you may desire an empathetic ear, but also practical guidance. My goal is to provide both. Whether you are seeking help for yourself or struggling over a loved one's problem, I'd like to help.

Guest Practitioners

Laura De La Maza, NBCT

Laura De La Maza is a National Board Certified teacher with thirty-six years experience teaching K-12 visual art in the Charleston County School District.

Expressing art through teaching, art making, and creating visual stories defines her work. A native of the Dominican Republic, De La Maza was influenced by the Caribbean color, landscape, as well as life growing up during a dictatorship.

Conveying life’s journeys through mandalas, mixed media, and symbols shape her work. The spiritual connection communicated in her images define her teaching and visual expression.

Laura De La Maza co-founded, along with Dianne Vincent, HeARTS MEND HEARTS, a non-profit organization created in the aftermath of the Mother Emanuel AME Church shootings in order to help the Charleston community heal through the use of art therapy.

Ursel Sarala Harmon, E-RYT500

Ursel went to her first yoga class in 2002 in the search of stress relief and found just what she was looking for. Ursel began teaching in 2004 after being registered with the Yoga Alliance through independent studies which include certifications in Gentle & Chair Yoga (from the Satchidananda Ashram in VA), Kids Yoga & Prenatal Yoga TT (from Holy Cow Yoga Center), Relax and Renew Trainer (Judith Lasater), Yoga of the Heart® – Cardiac and Cancer Certification Training and more....


Ursel’s style is flowing, gentle and she has an intuitive understanding of the body. Believing in the calmer aspects of the asana practice and enjoys working with people that have limitations. Yoga is for EVERY BODY!


In 2006 she became a Usui Reiki Master Teacher (Reiki Blessings Academy), and in 2008 Celtic Reiki Master Teacher (Celtic Crossing). Ursel is registered with the Yoga Alliance, the Integral Yoga Teachers Association and the International Association of Yoga Therapists.

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Angel Allen, Mosaic Artist

Angel Allen is a Columbia, South Carolina mixed media mosaic and ceramic artist and educator. Her work combines her ceramic forms, glass, and found objects on a variety of surfaces to tell a sometimes complex story about our environment and culture. During the summer of 2015, she spent three weeks as an artist-in-residence at the Tin Shop Guest Artist Program in Breckenridge, Colorado during which she concentrated on a series of mosaics integrating her ceramics, found objects, glass and mining artifacts. She was awarded the Toni Elkins Merit Award at the 2015 South Carolina State Fair and in 2016 traveled to Haiti where she collaborated with a girls’ orphanage to create a mixed media ceramic and mosaic wall installation. She is a regular participant in Open Studios of Columbia which will be held this year April 1-2. Her ceramic forms are fluid and refined with a myriad of pattern reflecting the kaleidoscope of our daily lives.

Angel will be hosting our "Brokeness into Beauty" Retreat from March 17-19.

See more info under classes and events

Julie Rochelle Stevens, MM

Julie Rochelle-Stephens, MM is a Spiritual and Recovery life coach and mentor dedicated to a life of Ceremony, healing and transformation. As a woman of the Earth, Julie is the retreat director for Raven's Lodge on 30 pristine acres in the Pacific Northwest, offers phone and personal sessions to people all over the country, offers retreats and workshops as a teacher, guide and healer. Julie has a masters degree in Ministry and Spirituality from Seattle University and has taught  Conflict Resolution to graduate students for 15 years. Her rich diversity and passion for the human experience creates an environment of respect, safety and honor for all