Meet Misti:

Misti believes in the resilience of the human spirit. Every individual has their own unique set of circumstances and she believes there is always hope for change and growth.  Misti strives to provide a safe and empathetic setting in which clients feel they are being heard.   Misti’s background includes working with individuals and families around issues of anxiety, depression, and trauma.  She has a specialty in children experiencing behavior, attachment, and self-control issues.

Misti has extensive experience in working with children and families.  Her training in play therapy allows her to work with young children in a medium where they are able to express themselves in a way that makes sense to them.   She implements Dr. Gary Landreth’s belief that play is a child’s work and the toys are the child’s words.  Misti has also been trained in several evidence based positive parenting programs which gives her an enhanced ability to bridge the positive changes being made during sessions, with the positive changes being made in the home and/or school setting.

Misti enjoys working with clients of all ages and within the modality that works most effectively for their healing.  She believes it is important for counseling to be a partnership in identifying past and current challenges while working towards setting goals for the future.

Education

Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina

Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with Emphasis in Social Work from Clemson University

Registered Play Therapy (in process) with sand tray facilitation

Trainings

 Everyday Parenting

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)

Pyramid Model

Child Parent Relationship Therapy

Early Pathways

Parents Anonymous – support group facilitator

The Family Check-Up

Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS)

Build a House Technique – Family Assessment

Professional Affiliations

National Association of Social Workers

Association for Play Therapy, United States