Theresa E. Sloan, MEd, LPC, LAC, CCMHC, Lead Counselor
Mrs. Theresa Sloan is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) in the State of South Carolina. She received her Master of Education degree in Counseling from the University of South Carolina and her Bachelor of Arts degree in
Psychology from Hartwick College in Oneonta, New York.
Mrs. Sloan has also earned Board Certification as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) and Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) with the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC). She is a member of the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA), South Carolina Association of Licensed Professional Counselors (SCALPC), and, Chi Sigma Iota, Upsilon Sigma Chi Chapter.
Mrs. Sloan has twenty years of counseling experience in the private practice setting working with individuals, couples, and families. She is well versed in the diagnosis and treatment of various psychiatric disorders, including substance abuse, anxiety disorders, mood disorders and Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. In addition, she has co-authored an article entitled “A Modern Day Evaluation and Treatment Regimen for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)”, published in the October 1999 issue of Health and Fitness Magazine.
Amanda Mercer, MS, LPC, Counselor
Amanda Mercer is a Licensed Professional Counselor with more than 10 years of experience working with children, families, groups, and adults. She is currently licensed in South Carolina and Virginia and has previously held licenses in Maryland and South Dakota. She earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling and Art Therapy from Eastern Virginia Medical School in Norfolk, VA and has Bachelor of Arts degrees in Psychology and Studio Art from St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN.
Amanda specializes in Art Therapy, but also has extensive training in cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, mindfulness, functional family therapy, aggression replacement training, and more. She utilizes a client-centered and individualized approach, working together with clients and families to find the best mode of treatment for them to be successful in reaching their goals.
She is experienced in helping clients with difficulties such as: anxiety, depression, ADHD, trauma, autism, bipolar disorder, fetal alcohol syndrome, substance abuse, anger management, social skills, and more. She has developed many group curriculums and provides psycho-social groups for children and adolescents in areas such as anger management, social skills, self-esteem, and attention and focus. She has a great deal of experience working within the school and juvenile justice systems.
Mindfulness and stress management are another area that she specializes in and she has published research on using visual journaling for stress reduction in the Arts in Psychotherapy, 2010.
I obtained a BA in Psychology in 1997, MSW in 2000 and a PhD in Human Services – Clinical Social Work Specialization in 2019. I have been an LCSW in NJ since 2000 and obtained a LISW-CP in South Carolina in 2019. I have been trained in cognitive behavioral therapy, psychodynamic therapy, structural family therapy, and trauma-informed treatment. I also use an eclectic approach to therapy to allow for a process that fits each client and their specific needs. My past work experience includes work as a teaching assistant for children with Autism; an intern in the court system, foster care system, and juvenile prison system; a therapist, supervisor, and Clinical Director in residential settings for adolescents; and most recently I have been in private practice working with children, teens and adults for the past twelve years. This work has included individual, couples and family work. I consider my specializations to be working with trauma impacted clients, PTSD, mood disorders, anxiety disorders, and relationship difficulties. Additional areas I am also comfortable working but may not specialize in include gender and sexual identity, personality disorders, psychotic symptoms, substance abuse, and the use of hypnosis.
I feel that the ideal client is one who is ready and open to trust the counseling process. Therapy is a way to take a guided look at what may be causing difficulty in your life. Therapy is also a joint effort and a relationship that needs to develop. There aren’t always easy answers and the treatment process can have its ups and downs, as facing issues can be both uplifting and challenging. I am willing to help clients get through this process while feeling safe and supported. I hope that all my clients feel accepted and validated in our work together. I enjoy being a witness to clients who are realizing their true potential.
I am the Scheduling Coordinator at Counseling Center of SayeBrook. I love working in the mental health field. I am fascinated with studying psychology and human behavior.
Born and raised in CA, I grew up on the beach, love to eat, and live with my fat cat whom I walk on a leash.