I. Therapists in Charleston, SC

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There are no therapists currently located in Charleston, SC. The following therapists are located in SC.

Kotina Hutto

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Self esteem, Depression, Addictions, LGBT, Trauma and abuse, Grief, Parenting issues, Anger management, Career difficulties, Bipolar disorder, Coping with life changes

Craig Hales

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Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Stress, Anxiety, Grief, Career difficulties, Depression, Coping with life changes, Relationship issues, Family conflicts, Trauma and abuse, Sleeping disorders, Parenting issues, Self esteem, Compassion fatigue

Cynthia Washington Williams

  • 20 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Charleston, South Carolina
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Areas of focus: Aging, Attachment Disorders, Behavior Issues, Bipolar Disorder, Child Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, Dual Diagnosis, Elder Abuse, Men's Issues, Multicultural Issues, Pain Management, Parenting, Personality Disorders, Phobias, Physical Illness/Impairment, Postpartum, Psychosomatic, Sexual Abuse, Sexuality Issues, Suicidal Thoughts, Trauma / PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury

Languages: American Sign Language, English

Treatment Approaches: Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Advocacy, Behavioral, Case Management, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), Crisis Intervention, Critical Incident Stress Debriefing (CISD), Education Consultation, Emotionally Focused, Existential Psychotherapy, Family-Based Treatment (FBT), Gestalt, Holistic, Humanistic, Information and Referral, Intervention, Long-Term, Mediation, Meditation/Relaxation, Mindfulness Based Approaches, Parent Guidance, Pastoral Therapy, Prevention, Psycho-Educational, Psychoanalytic, Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy, Psychodrama, Psychodynamic, Relational, Relationship Development Intervention (RDI), Short-Term (Brief Treatment), Social Support, Supervised Visitation, Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Vocational Counseling/Rehabilitation

State License: South Carolina

Barbara Fox

  • 17 years of Experience
  • United States
  • Charleston, South Carolina
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Areas of focus: Aging, Bipolar Disorder, Career Counseling, Child Abuse and Neglect, Domestic Violence, Eating Disorders, Life Transitions, Personality Disorders, Physical Illness/Impairment, Self Abuse, Sexual Disorders, Sexual Orientation, Sexuality Issues

Languages: English

Treatment Approaches: Behavioral, Coaching, Cognitive Behavioral (CBT), EMDR, Evaluation/Diagnostic, Intervention, Meditation/Relaxation, Parent Guidance, Psychodynamic, Social Support

State License: South Carolina

II. The Best Therapists in Charleston, SC

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Finding the right professional is the first step for making counseling work for you. To determine which providers offer excellent care, Online Therapy evaluated local therapists on eight key factors, including availability, price, specialization, and flexibility. The 15 therapists on this list all meet the criteria.

Choosing the Best Charleston, SC Therapists

Credentials

Professional and academic qualifications give you a good idea of a professional’s area of expertise. All Licensed Professional Counselors in South Carolina must have a relevant master’s degree and at least 1,380 hours of supervised clinic work experience before they can attempt the state exam, which includes clinical and ethical content.

Accessibility

For best results, your therapist needs to be available on your schedule. Most counselors offer in-person and virtual visits. Some may be more flexible than others when scheduling session lengths and formats.

Cost

Online Therapy looked for therapists that offer multiple payment options. While self-pay arrangements are always an option, many counselors accept insurance, and some offer sliding-scale discounts. Therapists can also help with out-of-network reimbursement.

Sandy Davidson: LISW-CP, CMC, CFIC | Best for Insurance Coverage

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843-830-3087
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Sandy is a holistic therapist who specializes in trauma, anxiety, panic attacks, and relationship issues. She offers counseling, mediation, and life coaching with an emphasis on divorce, parenting, and co-parenting. Her modalities include eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR), Image Transformation Therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT),  and positive psychology. Most insurance is accepted.

What patients say: Clients give Sandy five stars for her professional services.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Divorce
Relationship Issues
Anxiety
APS Healthcare
Aetna
Anthem
Beacon
BlueCross and BlueShield
Ceridian
Cigna
Coventry
Deer Oaks
ESI Employee Assistance Group
GEHA
Guardian
Horizon Healthcare
Humana
Magellan
Medicare
Military OneSource
Optum
Others pending
TRICARE
Cost per Session:
$125 per 50 minute session
Yes Yes

Louisa Storen: LISW, LMFT | Best for Family Issues

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843-416-1103
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With more than 40 years of clinical experience, Louisa is one of the best therapists in Charleston. She’s a Licensed Independent Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist who helps individuals and couples address relationship issues. Her diverse areas of expertise include addiction, anxiety, anger, trauma, infertility, family roles/gender identity, and Gottman-based couples therapy.

What patients say: “She has been professional, kind, nurturing and assertive…all at the times I’ve needed those qualities the most.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Family Conflict
Addiction
Divorce
N/A Cost per Session:
$150 per hour session (an hour is considered 50-55 minutes)
Yes Yes

Christopher B. Briggman: MRC, CRC, LCMHC-A | Best for Professional Development

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843-371-5884
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Christopher is the founder of Balance Consulting & Counseling, which helps individuals and corporations foster a healthier work-life balance. His areas of expertise include career issues, life transitions, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and anger. He offers vocational counseling to help individuals overcome personal limitations and find fulfilling employment. His clients include teens, adults, seniors, minorities, and members of the LGBTQ+ community.

What patients say: “Chris is smart, intuitive, and easy to talk with. He is a good sounding board and helped me deal with some difficult issues that I was dealing with.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Life Transitions
Anxiety
Depression
N/A Cost per Session: $100 No Yes

Michael Becker: M.Ed., LPC, CAC-P | Best for Building Healthy Coping Skills

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843-410-9910
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If you’re struggling with depression, stress, or anxiety and have turned to drugs or alcohol to minimize overwhelming emotions, Michael may be able to help. He focuses on giving clients the tools they need to manage everyday triggers while addressing negative or self-destructive thoughts or behaviors.

What patients say: “I feel more comfortable talking to Michael than anyone else I have been to. He is excellent. I highly recommend Lighthouse Therapy Solutions.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Substance Use
N/A Cost per Session: $135 Yes Yes

Kasia Ciszewski: M.Ed., NCC | Best for Bereavement

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843-597-6497
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With a background in grief support and school counseling, Kasia draws from diverse experiences when helping clients with bereavement, depression, anxiety, trauma, and life transitions. Her positive approach combines person-centered therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. She also uses brainspotting, an eye-movement technique, to aid in trauma recovery. Kasia offers online and in-person sessions for individuals and couples.

What patients say: “Kasia makes you feel comfortable and open…like you can really say anything without judgment. For the first time ever I look forward to therapy. Not only does she help me move through my issues but we laugh doing it.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Trauma and PTSD
Grief
N/A Cost per Session:
Individual Therapy (50 min) – $150.00
Relationships/Couples/Marriage Therapy (50 min) – $150.00
Online Counseling (50 min) – $150.00
Online Counseling (30 min) – $95.00
No Yes

Eric Sullivan Proud: LPC, LMFT | Best for LGBTQ+

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410-924-4786
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Eric Sullivan Proud created Proud Counseling in 2017 after returning to the Charleston area from L.A., where he completed his clinical training at the Los Angeles LGBT Center. He provides services for individuals, groups, couples, young adults, and families. He’s also a transgender advocate, and he offers referrals to promote gender alignment.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Transgender
Gay
Stress
N/A Cost per Session:
Individual, Gender, & Youth:
$150 per 50 minute session
Couples or Family:
$200 per 50 minute session
No Yes

Jessica Schwartzkopf: M.A., LPC | Best for Self-Esteem

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843-864-3459
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Through her work at Coastal Mind and Body, Jessica helps clients achieve physical, emotional, and spiritual wellness. Her eclectic, down-to-earth approach combines multiple methodologies, including humor, to help clients manage stress and emotions and find balance in their lives, especially during difficult life transitions. She accepts BlueCross BlueShield and state and federal health insurance plans, among others.

What patients say: Clients give Jessica five stars for her therapeutic services.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Anxiety
Self Esteem
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
BlueChoice Health Plan
BlueCross and BlueShield
Federal Employees Program
Planned Administrators
State Health Plan
Cost per Session:
Individual Counseling: 50 minutes – $110
The first session is 60-75 minutes in order for me to gather adequate information – $120
No Yes

Michelle I. Tompkins: M.A., LPC | Best for Personal Healing

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843-501-0561
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Michelle is a solution-focused impact therapist who helps clients uncover and challenge negative emotions or behaviors and limiting beliefs. She works with individuals, couples, and families who are dealing with parenting or relationship issues, career challenges, stress, or conflict. Michelle also has extensive experience related to depression, grief, addiction, and recovery.

What patients say: “Deciding to sit down with Michelle was one of the best decisions I ever made. She is warm, understanding and a wonderful example of what a therapist should be.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Relationship Issues
Substance Use
N/A Cost per Session: $120 Yes Yes

Ward Lassoe: M.A., LPC | Best for Men and Boys

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843-883-4104
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A former TV reporter, journalist, and businessman, Ward uses Solution-Focused Brief Therapy and his trademark sense of humor to help men, teens, boys, and individuals who are resistant to therapy or skeptical of the process. Although he sees couples and business partners, much of his work focuses on addressing challenging or self-destructive behaviors in teens and working with adults who are experiencing issues with anger, drugs/alcohol, relationship issues, career issues, or sex addiction. Sliding-scale discounts are available.

What patients say: “My two sons and I worked with Ward for several months and we are forever grateful for his understanding, honesty, professionalism, and sense of humor!”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Life Coaching
Sexual Addiction
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
BlueCross and BlueShield
Cost per Session:
45-minute session is $100. The first appointment will be 75 minutes, and the charge is $175. For couples counseling or business partnership counseling, the charges are $150 for a regular 45-minute session and $250 for the initial 75-minute session
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Madeline Fellabom: M.A., LPCA | Best for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

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843-212-6007
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Madeline is a former athlete who works with high-performing individuals who are experiencing challenges at home or on the job. She uses CBT and a collaborative approach to support and challenge clients. Her goal is to help individuals understand the relationship between their thoughts, emotions, and behavior, especially as they relate to anxiety, depression, trauma, and PTSD. Madeline offers in-person and online sessions. She has additional training in Trauma-Focused CBT.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Trauma and PTSD
N/A Cost per Session: $150 Yes Yes

Diane E. Arnold: M.A., LPC | Best for Faith-Based Care

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843-640-6882
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Certified by the American Association of Christian Counselors, Diane provides faith-based care for couples, women, and children. She has more than 15 years of marriage and parent coaching experience. Her areas of focus include premarital counseling, relationships, family, grief, trauma, and stress with an emphasis on Emotionally Focused Therapy. Most insurance is accepted, including Blue Cross.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Relationship Issues
Marital and Premarital
Grief
Blue Choice Health Plan
Blue Cross
Blue Shield
BlueCross and BlueShield
FEP
Planned Administrators
State Health Plan
Cost per Session: $150 Yes Yes

Liz Chichester: Ph.D. | Best for Anxiety and Depression

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843-310-3539
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Dr. Chichester is an accomplished mental health professional offering evidence-based therapy for individuals and couples. Her practice for individuals uses Acceptance and Commitment Therapy to help clients overcome anxiety, depression, and stress while creating more fulfilling lives. Dr. Chichester also helps clients work through relationship issues individually or as a couple using principles rooted in Emotionally Focused Therapy.

What patients say: “Dr. Chichester is very highly educated and is extremely competent. … She is warm and sensitive to the needs of my husband and me, and her help has made it possible for us to resolve difficulties that have plagued us for years.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Relationship Issues
N/A Cost per Session:
60 minute session: $150
90 minute session: $215
No Yes

Elizabeth Bennett: M.A., LPC, LAC, CACI | Best for Women

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843-900-4339
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Clients who come to Elizabeth’s Amani Counseling Center are often seeking help with life transitions, anxiety, trauma, and depression. These challenges can lead to issues with self-esteem and substance abuse. Elizabeth provides person-centered, nonjudgmental care using mindfulness, CBT, and motivational enhancement therapy. She has more than 10 years of experience related to women’s issues and addiction. Evening and weekend appointments are available.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Depression
Women’s Issues
Trauma and PTSD
N/A Cost per Session: $125 No Yes

Chris Tugnoli: Psy.D. | Best for Personality Disorders

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854-202 3821
Website

Personality disorders, trauma, PTSD, and addiction are at the core of Dr. Tugnoli’s practice. As a therapist, she focuses on the value of human relationships and helps clients find their path by reconstructing the puzzle of their lives. She offers individual, group, and couples sessions for clients who are dealing with anxiety, bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, codependency, emotional disturbances, substance abuse, or a dual diagnosis.

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Trauma and PTSD
Addiction
Personality Disorders
N/A Cost per Session: $180 No Yes

Barbara Fox: LISW | Best for EMDR

Barbara Fox Pic

843-795-1100
Website

Barbara Fox of Body & Soul Therapy is a Licensed Independent Social Worker focusing on anxiety, depression, and addiction. She works with patients who are dealing with stress, anger, relationship difficulties, and problems at home or at work. With more than 25 years of experience as a certified EMDR therapist, she’s one of the best therapists in Charleston for individuals who are working to overcome anxiety or trauma. Most insurance is accepted.

What patients say: “Barbara Fox, is an excellent therapist. She is goal oriented and has helped me tremendously with anxiety, dealing with chronic health issues, codependency, and ADD.”

Specializations Insurance Cost Sliding scale Remote services
Anxiety
Depression
Addiction
APS Healthcare
Aetna
American Behavioral
Beacon
Behavioral Health Systems
BlueCross and BlueShield
Ceridian
Coventry
Health Net
Horizon Healthcare
Humana
MHN
Magellan
Medicare
TRICARE
Cost per Session: $90 No Yes

III. What You Should Know About Charleston Therapy

How are Charleston therapists licensed?

Therapists are licensed by the South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensure of Professional Counselors, Marriage and Family Therapists, Addiction Counselors, and Psycho-Educational Specialists. These professionals must meet strict standards for education and supervised clinical work experience before they can sit for the required exams.

How much does therapy cost in Charleston?

The average cost for a counseling session in Charleston is $132. Typical prices range from $110 to $150, depending on the therapist. You can expect to pay slightly more for couples therapy and for your first visit, which might be longer than usual. Many counselors accept insurance, and those who are out-of-network may provide a superbill to help with reimbursement.

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