About Me

“You may take the girl out of the mountain but you may not take the mountain out of the girl.”

Hi! I’m Jamie

Counselor  •  Consultant  •  Recovery Advocate

I hail from Appalachia – the foothills of east Tennessee – and reside in the South Carolina Piedmont. My professional expertise in existential theory, strength-based approaches, and person-centered psychotherapy reinforce my personal experience in long term Recovery and unwavering resolve to remove barriers and improve access to Recovery and wellness for individuals, families, and communities.

My Expertise

Counselor

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate, River Hills Counseling, LLC. Licensed in North Carolina and South Carolina

National Certified Counselor and Board Certified Telemental Health Provider, National Board of Certified Counselors, Center for Credentialing and Education, Greensboro, NC

Co-facilitator, DSM 5 Diagnosis and Treatment Planning: Improving Case Conceptualization Skills using the Interview and Mental Status Exam, pre-conference workshop, South Carolina Counseling Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC

Co-presenter, ASAP: Advocating for Students’ Academic and Professional Development, poster selected by Chi Sigma Iota to present to the American Counseling Association, Orlando, FL

Invited reviewer for The DSM 5 and Psychodiagnostic Interviewing (psychotherapy.net online video series), Mill Valley, CA

Invited reviewer for Irvin Yalom and the Art of Psychotherapy, Motivational Interviewing with Adolescents (psychotherapy.net online video course). Mill Valley, CA

Co-presenter, COMPASS: Counselors Optimizing Mindfulness Practices to Alleviate Systemic Stress, symposium, South Carolina Counseling Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC

Researcher and co-presenter, Impending Boom: Counseling Advocacy for America’s 77.3 Million Rising Baby Boomers, South Carolina Counseling Association Conference, Hilton Head, SC

Consultant

Organizing Board Member, Peer Recovery Support Services Credentialing Commission (PRSSCC), South Carolina Association of Alcoholism and Drug abUse Counselors (SCAADAC), Columbia, SC

SC/NC Recovery Consultant, Opioid Response Network, American Academy of Addiction Psychiatry (consortium lead), East Providence, RI; Southeast (HHS Region 4) ATTC (Addiction Technology Transfer Center Network), Atlanta, GA; C4 Innovations, Needham, MA

Adjunct Faculty for the Florida Recovery Project, National Recovery Institute, Center for Best Practices, Faces & Voices of Recovery, Washington, DC

Project Director for Recovery Community Services Program - Statewide Network (RCSP-SN) Grant/Statewide Recovery Network Weaver, Faces and Voices of Recovery South Carolina (FAVOR SC), Greenville, SC

Recovery Community Organization, Faces and Voices of Recovery (FAVOR) Piedmont, serving York, Lancaster, Chester, and Fairfield counties with outreach to Union and Cherokee counties.

Co-presenter, State Targeted Response - Technical Assistance (STR-TA): The Opioid Response Network (ORN), South Carolina Governor's Opioid Summit, Columbia, SC

Co-developer and facilitator, Psychology of Poverty and Impact on Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Treatment and Recovery, psychoeducation delivered to medical and clinical staff at the Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug abUse Council (LRADAC), Columbia, SC

Recovery Advocate

Appointed Member (non-federal), Interdepartmental Substance Use Disorders Coordinating Committee (ISUDCC), US Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Washington, DC

Inaugural Fellow, Appalachian Leadership Institute, Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Washington, DC, in partnership with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville; The Howard H. Baker Jr. Center for Public Policy; Tuskegee University; and Collective Impact

Certified Peer Support Specialist (CPSS), South Carolina Department of Alcohol and Other Drug abUse Services (SC DAODAS), Columbia, SC

Member Designee, South Carolina Institute of Medicine and Public Health, Workforce for Health Taskforce, South Carolina Medical Association, Columbia, SC

Behavioral Health Leadership Development Program, Project LIFT (Leadership Initiatives for Tomorrow), facilitated by Abt Associates and funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Bethesda, MD

STAR Center Virtual Learning Collaborative for Peer Run Organizations in Behavioral Health, Working with Managed Care Companies Towards Outcomes in Behavioral Health, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services (SAMHSA), Bethesda, MD

Presenter, Talking the Walk: The Recovery Movement in South Carolina, 52nd Annual Meeting of the South Carolina Counseling Association, Hilton Head, SC

My Approach

I specialize in needs-specific treatment for adults, couples, families, and psychotherapy groups. My approach to counseling is person-centered, strengths-based, recovery-oriented, and trauma-informed. I am committed to remaining current in best practices and research that supports the utility of specific treatment approaches and interventions in psychology.

My Values

Above all, I value freedom, equality, integrity, dignity, and respect. In work and play, I strive to make a worthy contribution to society and leave the world (or my place in it) a little better than I found it.

Memberships

American Counseling Association

South Carolina Counseling Association

North Carolina Counseling Association

Education

  • Doctoral studies in Counselor Education and Supervision, Walden University, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, School of Counseling
  • Master of Education Degree in Counseling and Development, Winthrop University, Richard W. Riley College of Education, Rock Hill, SC
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology (honors recognition), minor in Philosophy and Religion, Winthrop University, College of Arts and Sciences, Rock Hill, SC
  • Associate of Science Degree in Business Administration, Walters State Community College, Morristown, TN

Recognition

  • Hometown Hero, CN2 Cable News
  • Woman of Excellence, Winthrop University Office of Diversity and Student Engagement
  • Outstanding Student Commitment Award, Winthrop University Department of Psychology

Contact Me

Ask a question, send a comment, or request an appointment below. For emergencies call 911 or go directly to the nearest hospital emergency department. 

(803) 610-1237

54 Marina Rd, Lake Wylie, SC 29710

info@riverhills-counseling.com