Who We Are
LPC, LMFT, D.Min., Life Coach
Amy has been in private practice in Columbia, SC for more than 25 years as a licensed professional counselor (LPC), licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT), spiritual director, life coach, writer/blogger, retreat leader, and speaker. She sees individuals, and is well-known for her helpful and compassionate work with couples. Additionally, she specializes in working with clergy from many denominations and with seminarians. She also teaches in several spiritual direction training programs. One of her greatest joys in life is seeing people grow into their wisdom and strength, living out their God-given potential. This happens, she believes, at that juncture where one’s personal psychology and personal spirituality intersect. Amy is passionate about her work, and invites you to explore her website for more information about her and her services.
Amy’s website, www.amysandermontanez.com
Visit www.messymarvelous.com for recent blogs.
MSW, ACSW, LISW-CP
Over 25 years of clinical experience as a therapist, combined with over 70 years of life experience bring important qualifications to Salley’s work. Salley is a wife of 46 years, a mother and grandmother, has experience with cancer, deep spirituality, and lives a creative life. She works with individuals, couples, and families in an atmosphere of trust, compassion, and non-judgment. Salley believes we all have a deep desire to live a life that best expresses who we truly are, even when we get confused or lose our way. Her high standards of integrity and ethics add the perfect ingredients for this important healing work.
For more about Salley, please go to her link to Psychology Today.
MSW, ACSW, LISW-CP
The practice of clinical social work has been Nancy’s joy and vocation for over forty years.
She has worked in nonprofit agencies, mental health centers, and in employment assistance programs. In those settings, Nancy provided psychotherapy, supervised clinical staff, facilitated therapy groups, managed programs, and coordinated intern training for MSW students.
When Nancy moved to Columbia twenty years ago, she began to pursue her dream of developing a private practice in psychotherapy and spiritual guidance.
Nancy brings a wealth of experience and wisdom. She grounds her work in the following beliefs: All things are connected. A compassionate look at the “real” can bring freedom. Love is not without pain but can also bring unimagined joy. Healing work is difficult but worth it. Transformation has more to do with letting go than trying harder.
Nancy enjoys working with men and women, individuals and couples, young adults and older ones, too. Issues include loss, trauma, and relationships as well as anxiety and depression. Psychotherapy can also be helpful during periods of transition and stress.
For more information about Nancy, visit her at Psychology Today.
Ph.D., LPC-S, RPT
Cathy Cooper has more than 20 years’ experience working with children and adolescents. She is a licensed professional counselor and registered play therapist. Having received a master’s degree in music education with an emphasis in music therapy, she also utilizes the arts in her approach to working with clients. She specializes in effectively developing positive relationships with young people that help support them through their emotional and social development. Cathy believes young children have the capacity to heal themselves through play and works closely with parents in supporting their children’s emotional growth in her clinical practice. Adolescents need the support of an accepting, understanding, present, and experienced therapist to learn more effective ways of coping with the many stressors today’s youth experience. In addition, Cathy works with women of all ages.
To schedule an appointment with Cathy, please email her or call our office.
Also visit Psychology Today for more about Cathy.
Susan is a Licensed Social Worker, Certified Journal Therapist, online instructor for The Writing Institute, and columnist for the Columbia Star Newspaper. Her groups and workshops are grounded in decades of extensive study and practice in Therapeutic Journal Writing and Dream Exploration, and are interactive, thought-provoking, nurturing, and safe, offering creative approaches to personal exploration for insight and empowerment. Mental health counselors may earn CEU’s through participation in these groups and workshops. Today, as wife, mother and grandmother, she continues to seek and explore the art of nurturing, negotiation, and patience.
Please visit www.susanhendricks.com for more about Susan and her work - past and present.
Kaye Randall is a Licensed Independent Social Worker, author, and national speaker. She speaks across the nation on topics such as Transformational Leadership, Self-Regulation, Teen Leadership, and Being a Difference: Creating a Cultural Shift. The Innovative School Summit, School Climate & Culture Forum, Girl Bullying, and Empowerment Conferences are just a few of the many conferences that have featured Kaye.
The work Kaye does on a national level is grounded in her private work with individuals and couples. She has a heart for relationships and helps guide clients into deeper, more meaningful connections.
To do this, Kaye works within the context of transformational thinking and authorship. When a client’s thoughts and interpretations are fixed and therefore limited, Kaye helps open up the possibility of new insights and healthier choices. Clients begin to see the power of their choices in achieving life goals and purpose. A better, more positive outcome can be expected.
Debbie Cohn trained at The Institute For Life Coach Training, USA and is a qualified group psychotherapist with the Institute for Group Analysis in London, UK. She has spent many years in the “helping professions” working with individuals and couples. She has extensive experience conducting groups specializing in domestic violence and sexual assault, women’s issues and bereavement. She earned a Masters of Science degree in psychology from Birkbeck College, University of London.
Debbie also brings a wealth of her own "life experience" from working the past 40 years as a marketing and advertising professional, a woman business owner, fund raising specialist, wife, mother, grandmother and community philanthropist.
Visit Debbie at her website, www.cohnlifecoaching.com
Kris Cox is a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) and retired military chaplain.
His years of military service, advanced education, and training, have led him to specialize in couples' therapy and trauma resolution, although he also provides individual and family therapy. In his couples' therapy, Kris helps clients eliminate unwelcome cycles of interaction and chart successful paths forward. In his trauma work, Kris uses Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and he has helped hundreds of people find freedom from unwanted effects of combat, accidents, sexual and physical violence, natural disasters, and other traumas. His work is tailored to meet each client's unique needs, and it is wholistic, recognizing the interconnectedness of mind, body, and spirit.
Kris has been married for over 25 years, and his wife is a physical trainer and cancer survivor. They have two adult children and a dog named Kona.