Our  Staff

Eliezer Vazquez, MSW, LISW-CP
Licensed Social Worker

Eliezer has worked in the mental health field since 1977. His passion for helping others through counseling stems from his own personal experience of the therapy process and its benefits, and he enjoys guiding others on their own journeys. Having worked with adolescents, adults, and families, Eliezer has the most experience in guiding clients through issues related to substance abuse and adolescence. Using an eclectic therapeutic approach, Eliezer works with every client to determine what interventions are most appropriate for their unique situations and experiences, drawing from cognitive behavioral, client-centered, and behavioral modification therapeutic techniques.

Tristin White 
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Tristin received her Master of Arts in Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2002 and has worked in the mental health and substance abuse fields for over 16 years.  She is a licensed counselor in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Washington State and also holds certification as a National Certified Counselor and Master Addictions Counselor.  Tristin is experienced in outpatient, inpatient, correctional, and crisis-based treatment settings and has served clients of all ages with diverse backgrounds.  While she may utilize a variety of counseling techniques best suited for her client’s needs, Tristin’s clinical practice focuses on reality therapy.  Reality therapy is a cognitive-behavioral approach to counseling and helps a client to explore what they really want in life and if what they are currently doing is actually bringing them closer to that goal.

Karly received a Master of Arts degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Webster University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the State University of New York at Oswego. Before starting her work in the counseling field, her passion to help others started when she previously worked as a Case Manager at a domestic violence and homeless shelter with individuals who suffered from trauma, substance abuse, and co-occurring mental health disorders. For the last 3 ½ years, Karly’s focus has been working with clients who suffer from PTSD and multiple traumatic experiences such as sexual abuse, physical abuse, domestic violence, and human trafficking. She truly believes each individual has to be treated based on their needs, struggles, and goals. Her treatment modalities used most often include trauma-focused treatment, cognitive behavioral therapy, and dialectal behavioral techniques. Karly is a very empathetic and passionate person who wants to continue to help as many individuals as she can.

Karly Buckley


Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Kevin is a Clinical Counselor who obtained his undergraduate degree in psychology from Winthrop University and his Master’s degree in mental health counseling from Webster University.  He is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Certified Addiction Counselor and a Master's Addiction Counselor. He has worked with hundreds of patient’s that have used or abused alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD).  He has a passion for helping others and adapting his clinical skills and intervention strategies to best meet the client's individual needs.

Kevin Patton


Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Jacquelyn Grier


Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Jacquelyn is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has over 11 years of therapeutic experience in non-profit, state, academic, and private practice settings. She is dedicated to helping adult men, women, and couples heal from childhood trauma, abuse, neglect, and abandonment. She guides her clients to develop a strong sense of self, more balanced well-being, and to discover their authentic and highest self. She is especially interested in working with diverse couples struggling to regain trust, work through trauma, intimacy issues, and emotional disconnection, so they can experience a more fulfilling and long-lasting relationship. Her counseling style is an integrative and holistic approach incorporating mind, body, and spirit, which allows for a deeper comprehensive healing and wellness transformation.  

AJ Johnson


Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Mr. AJ Johnson is a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate with a Master’s in Professional Counseling. He has worked with children, adolescents, students, parents, and families since 2007 in numerous settings including school, home, office, and the community. Mr. Johnson has extensive experience with children and adolescents who are experiencing depression, anxiety, addiction, self-injurious behavior, aggression, trauma, social, emotional, and educational struggles, attention difficulties, oppositional behaviors, truancy issues, and legal issues. Mr. Johnson uses a person-centered approach, so he tends to see the good in people who aren’t always able to see it for themselves.  To encourage change, he uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness, and psycho-dynamic approaches. He strives to work collaboratively with clients and assist them in building on the strengths they might not have known they’ve always had.

Caroline is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in both North and South Carolina. Caroline holds a Masters degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Much of Caroline's counseling experience comes from her time at Lenoir Rhyne University's counseling center. There, Caroline had the privilege of meeting with clients of many different ages and presenting problems. Caroline has experience working with individuals struggling with anxiety, grief, mood disorders, self-harm, and self-esteem related problems, as well as individuals dealing with stages of life transition. Caroline's therapeutic style is heavily influenced by person-centered therapy, expressive arts therapy, mindfulness, and Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. She values the uniqueness of the relationship with each of her clients and strives to create a space where each individual can truly feel heard and accepted.

Caroline Williams
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Mitchell Culbertson
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Mitchell Culbertson is a counselor specializing in individual, couples, and family therapy. 

Mr. Culbertson is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a National Board Certified Counselor trained in traditional and post-modern therapies.  Mr. Culbertson is an Air Force Veteran and member of Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Academic and Professional Honor Society International and believes culturally competent care is the key to people remaining engaged in the counseling process. Mr. Culbertson believes each person is equipped to address many of the concerns which plague them and seeks to create an environment which allows people to move beyond their present circumstances. He has worked with many agencies and organizations in the past and has established Case Management Services to help individuals and families to navigate the maze of accessing needed services in their quest for a Better Tomorrow! 

 Favorite quote:  "As A Man Thinketh in His Heart So Is He" (Proverbs 23:7)

Julie Risher
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

As a Licensed Professional Counselor in the field of mental health, Julie continually found her greatest successes have been achieved in the areas of social perceptiveness, listening, and communications. In the mental health field, Julie's credentials include progressive responsibility with documented success at various organizational levels. Her background in Emergency Room Nursing, as well as Clinical Counseling play a large part in helping individuals become more self-sufficient in navigating today’s stress-filled world. Julie delivers individual therapy for those who suffer from Depression, Anxiety, Eating Disorders, Self-harm, Grief and Addictions. She is known as a versatile contributor with experience in all core counseling functions, top-flight consensus-building and problem-solving skills, and the ability to make difficult decisions.  

Laurie is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate (LPCA) in both North and South Carolina and is certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC).  She is holds a Master of Education in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Winthrop University, a Master of Arts degree in Student Affairs in Higher Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  In addition to her work as a counselor, Laurie works at Winthrop University as a Student Services Program Coordinator in the College of Business Administration.  She enjoys counseling individuals of different ages and from different backgrounds.  

Laurie Grove


Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Janel has a master's degree in professional counseling and a deep passion for helping children that may be struggling with emotional and behavioral mental health challenges. She has fifteen years of clinical experience working with clients at the Therapeutic Day Treatment program in Virginia, where she worked with hundreds of children, parents, and families. Janel found her time there to be rewarding as well as integral to her professional development as a counselor. After making the move to South Carolina, Janel found her clinical home here with Thrive Family Services, where she continues to grow professionally as she strives to help as many people as possible. She is currently working on becoming a certified Sandplay Therapist (SPT). is a psychotherapeutic method applied in the work with children, adolescents, and adults, with a theoretical background in psychodynamic theories of play therapy, and especially in CG Jung's analytical psychology

Janel is also the billing administrator for Thrive and can help assist with any questions or issues that may arise with insurance or out of pocket costs. 

Janel Guntle
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Billing Administrator
Ashley Volta

Ashley is one of our Administrators here at Thrive. She has an A.A.S in Chemical Dependency Counseling as well as a B.A in English from the University of Baltimore. Her internship at Johns Hopkins Hospital with their outpatient substance abuse program helped transition her to counseling for various clinics that focused on Methadone Maintenance as a modality for harm reduction in certain areas.  She mainly worked with those individuals struggling with opioid addiction using individual and group counseling as well as acting as a liaison between clients and other local agencies.  She expanded her skills to the administrative side after the birth of her first daughter. Ashley and her family moved down to South Carolina where she has found her new administrative home at Thrive. She hopes to continue to develop her skills and abilities while contributing to Thrive's mission of helping the community.

David is an intern working to complete his MS in Clinical Counseling. David believes in an eclectic form of therapy—drawing from many different theoretical orientations. David mostly utilizes cognitive behavior therapy (CBT), Gestalt, client-centered, and psychodynamic therapy; however, he utilizes the best therapeutic approaches depending on the client's need.

David Brown

Master's level intern

LaShauda Abili (El) is a graduate intern supervised by Dr. Wilson. She enjoys helping people understand themselves on a deeper level so they are able to discover their hidden strengths and resilience. She's excited to be with Thrive, helping the community of Clover and surrounding areas. Whether you are new to counseling or have been active in the process previously, she is here to help support you along your journey to mental wellness. 

Lashaunda Abili

Master's level intern

Our Founder

Beth Wilson PhD, LPCS
Clinical Mental Health Counselor Director and Clinical Supervisor

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