I am a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addictions Counselor with 23 years of experience working with adults battling with the disease of addiction and mental health disorders. I received my education from the Citadel where I completed a Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling. I received both my certification and license in 1999.
I'm available for in-person and video sessions in the afternoons and evenings. My clients are teens and young adults who struggle with over-thinking situations or expecting the worst possible outcome; feeling behind their peers or not satisfied in life; and lacking confidence in who they are. I work together with clients to create a comfortable place to explore thoughts, feelings and behavior patterns that create problems in how they see themselves and in their relationships.
As a therapist, it is my job to help you understand, discover, and define your story. Our stories create narratives and paradigms that we choose to live by as truth – but not all stories tell truth. Some stories tell lies, distorted truths, and suppress what’s true altogether. I want to untangle your story with you, help you find the truths and light pieces, and gift it back to you in a way that gives you the freedom to live your most authentic life, with vulnerability and courage. With my background in trauma, mood disorders, personality disorders and spiritual counseling, I hope to help you live your best story.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MS, LPC-A
Life can be tough, this is especially true for adolescents and young adults in our increasingly turbulent world. I feel passionate about helping people with trauma, anxiety, and depression to feel happiness and joy again. Do you struggle with worry, stress, and panic? Do you feel depressed and experience sadness and isolation? Do you have nightmares or flashbacks? You don’t have to do this alone! If so, let me help you find and increase your sense of well-being and balance by calling to set up your appointment today!
I see therapy as a courageous journey of hope and healing, and I enjoy working with individuals and couples who want a better life. As a Gottman Certified Therapist, I am passionate about working with couples, helping to resolve years of hurts and misunderstandings, deepening friendship, and improving communication. The work can be hard, but it leads to a richer, deeper emotional intimacy than either one could have dreamed of alone. As a CSAT candidate, I am passionate about working with sex addiction, sexual anorexia, and trauma. I love seeing clients heal & become the person they were always meant to be.
HURRY and set up your FREE consultation today before I'm booked up! Do you want to feel better but feel stressed or frustrated by your current life, your own emotions or behaviors? Do you often find yourself trying to avoid, numb, or escape your current problems? Are you feeling unhappy but also hopeless about making a change? Acknowledging, understanding, and healing from past experiences alone can be painful. Being unable to live a meaningful life can fuel anxiety, depression, and hopelessness.
I am a licensed therapist in the Charleston area. I have been practicing for over 30 years. In my work with you we can explore how to grow by transforming difficult patterns from the past that may be effecting the present and grow strengths , skills and positive abilities into a more effective you.
We all know life can be tough, and this is especially true for adolescents and young adults in our increasingly turbulent world. I feel passionate about helping people with trauma, anxiety and depression to feel happiness and joy again. Do you struggle with worry, stress and panic? Do you feel depressed and experience sadness and isolation? Are you grieving a loved one? Or do you have nightmares and flashbacks? If so, let me help you. You don’t have to do this alone.
Do you sometimes feel so sad that it is hard to get out of bed in the morning? Do you feel anxious about the future? Are you overwhelmed by the events in your life? At times, it can be difficult just to get through the day. I can assist you in obtaining the emotional well being you have experienced in the past. Through counseling and emotional support, I believe that you and I can come up with solutions to the challenges you are currently facing.
Pain and difficulty are an inevitable part of life and sometimes we need a kind, supportive, and caring person to help us weather the storm, or find a way through it. I have extensive experience working with individuals who have encountered traumatic life events and who are struggling to manage stress, anxiety, depression, grief/loss, generational patterns of dysfunction, relationship difficulties, attachment issues, anger management, and emotion regulation issues. I am a Certified EMDR therapist through EMDRIA and also provide Internal Family Systems therapy for trauma. I am also trained in Brainspotting.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPCA
Are you overwhelmed by your thoughts and habits around food or exercise? Are you frustrated by how you feel about yourself or feel stuck in self-criticism or perfectionism? Like you’re missing out on the life you could be living? If you are struggling with disordered eating or your body image, anxiety, or the effects of past trauma, there is hope. Imagine feeling at home in your body so you can live the life you were created for.
When you first started dating, it was all laughs, flowers, and romantic nights out together. Now your Saturday nights revolve around watching TV while you each scroll through your cell phones. You haven’t exchanged more than a few glances and the only discussion today revolved around carpool schedules and reminders to buy more milk tomorrow. You didn’t know it was possible to feel lonely while not technically being alone. You try to practice gratitude and remind yourself that things are ok, but deep down you know that your relationship could be so much more. You want to feel appreciated, connected, and lit up again.
Kristen Shealy is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who treats children (ages 6+), teens, and adults. She specializes in the treatment of adults and children exposed to trauma, grief and loss, depression, stress, and adjustment issues. She also has experience working with adolescents engaging in risky activities (such as substance use and risky sexual behaviors) and their caregivers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristen is providing services via telemental health only (live videoconferencing) indefinitely.
Do you find yourself sad or worried much of the time? Are you overwhelmed with the demands or losses in your life? Do you feel like you're having more bad days than good days? Has your grief overtaken your life. I invite you to come in and work with me to process and problem solve together in a safe, healing and client centered space. We will work together to overcome your challenges and improve your life. I work with adolescents, adults, couples and families on issues of trauma, anxiety, stress management and depression, grief, loss and relationship issues.
I completed PCIT training through Duke University's PCIT of the Carolinas program in 2010. I am certified in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) by PCIT International. PCIT is an evidenced based treatment for children between the ages of 2-7 and their families. During PCIT, I work with parents and their children together to help improve the parent-child relationship, increasing attachment, warmth and nurturing between parents and their children. I also provide ABC, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up, an evidence based treatment for infants ages 6-24 months. I am certified in PCIT -Tfor toddlers ages 12-36 months.
Licensed Professional Counselor, MS, NCC, LPC, CRC, CAMSIII
Feeling anxious, sad, hurt, frustrated, or angry? Has worry, grief, life transitions, or stress hindered you at school, work, or in your relationship with others? Life can be difficult to navigate however support is available to help through the process. You are capable of positive change and realigning your life with desired outcome. Welcome to a safe space to unpack your emotions and share your thoughts, feelings, and frustrations with genuine support without judgement. In-person and telehealth options available!
Modern Minds is a new type of mental wellness clinic with an integrative approach that treats you as a whole person, not a diagnosis. Modern Minds focuses on more than symptom reduction. Our goal is to empower you by helping to develop and practice proven mental and physical skills that create long-lasting, growth-oriented solutions tailored to your unique needs. Success here means you will be able to meet the challenges you face both today and tomorrow with a new approach and greater confidence.
Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, MA, LPC-A
Accepting New Clients! You strive to be the best, the best partner, the best parent, the best friend, the best at the office or school, but you always feel like you fall short. Will life always be like this? Chaotic. Exhausting. Endless to-do lists. In the past, you've tried to make changes on your own, but nothing seems to work. You're stuck and not sure what to do next.
Has life been more difficult and not as straight forward as you thought it would be? You work hard to find a balance in your life, but between your social life, work/school, getting enough sleep, homework, day-to-day chores etc. you struggle to fit it all in and find joy. Up until this point you have had an idea about what your next steps will be, but you're feeling a little lost. What comes next?
What type of mental health professional is right for me?
Some of the most common types of mental health providers in Charleston are psychologists, licensed counselors, therapists, psychotherapists, and licensed clinical social workers, all of whom diagnose mental health conditions and provide individualized treatment.
Services offered, education and credentials vary by type of mental health professional. Each professional in Charleston then may specialize in certain areas, such as depression, marriage counseling, or anxiety. Although many mental health providers are not licensed to prescribe medication, they may coordinate with a provider who can.
Both in-person and online therapy sessions are available from most psychologists.
How to find a specialist?
You can refine your search using the filters on this page. There are several categories you can filter by to find mental health professionals with the experience you are looking for. You may want to filter for CBT Psychologists in Charleston, or Child Psychologists in Charleston.
Many find it useful to use filters to view only psychologists that have experience working with certain issues, like Charleston psychologists specializing in EMDR.
What method of therapy is right for me?
When it comes to treatment methods, there's no 'right way.’ Each method of therapy can be beneficial for a variety of issues. Psychologists in Charleston specialize in therapeutic approaches such as CBT, EMDR, and Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), among others. Finding a psychologist or therapist who is a good fit for you is the most important step to discovering what type of therapy, or combination of therapeutic approaches, will meet your individual needs. Learn what to expect from different types of therapy and how they work.
How to use my insurance?
Many therapists accept health insurance. Check to see if your insurance is covered. Feel free to discuss this when you contact the therapist.