Our  Staff

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.

Eliezer Vazquez, MSW, LISW-CP
Licensed Social Worker
Tristin White 
MA, LPC, NCC,LAC,MAC
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

MA, LPC-A

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Christine Vazquez
MA, LPC-A, ATR-BC
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Christine is a board certified Creative Arts therapist as well as a certified Mind Body Medicine Practitioner. Her training at the Center for Mind Body Medicine in Washington, DC inspired her to integrate mindfulness into her art therapy, helping clients to increase their self-awareness and improve their problem solving skills through the creative process. It was here that Christine had the opportunity to participate in a Mind-Body Skills group and to experience the healing effects of this treatment model firsthand. She also has experience facilitating Mind-Body Skills groups, which participants reported to be successful at increasing self-awareness and resilience in adolescents with a history of trauma, as well as decreasing symptoms of PTSD in Vietnam Veterans and symptoms of burnout in hospital employees. Christine has a special interest in the transformative power and complimentary use of art, spirituality, and meditation to access creativity, nourish the soul, and discover the authentic self.

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

MS, LPC, CAC, MAC

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

AJ Johnson

MA, LPCA

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.

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.  

Jacquelyn Grier

MED, LPC

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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

MA, LPCA,NCC

Clinical Mental Health Counselor

Will received a Masters degree of Social Work from the Ohio State University and has been working in the field since 2002. He has worked at the Department of Veteran's Affairs, worked as Dual Diagnosis Case Manager with individuals who suffer from substance abuse and concurrent mental health disorders, and worked as Substance Abuse counselor and sole practitioner of community based outpatient clinic, where he did individual counseling, couples counseling, and ran two groups for Vietnam veterans who suffered Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.  Will's choice of therapy modality is cognitive behavioral therapy, helping clients change their outlook, one experience and thought at a time.

Will Simons

MSW, LISW-CP

Licensed Social Worker

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.  

Julie Risher
MA, LPC
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

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.

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. 

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
MA, LPCA
Clinical Mental Health Counselor
Billing Administrator
Ashley Volta
Administrator

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

Our Founder

Beth Wilson PhD, LPCS
Clinical Mental Health Counselor Director and Clinical Supervisor
Caroline Williams
MA, LPCA
Clinical Mental Health Counselor

508 Bethel Street

Clover, South Carolina 29710

admin@ithrive.net

(803) 675-8227

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