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Meet the Counseling Staff

Counseling Services Welcomes New Director

Angel Onley-Livingston began her role as director of Counseling Services on May 18, 2020.

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Onley-Livingston has worked in the Conway area for over a decade building strong relationships with local medical and mental health providers. She specializes in working with clients facing PTSD, depression, anxiety, and perinatal and postpartum mood disorders. Her professional experience has spanned across adolescent mental-health in school-based settings, substance abuse, applied behavioral therapy, and providing independent mental health services. In addition, she has significant experience in coordinating teletherapy behavioral and mental health services. Onley-Livingston has been an owner/operator of a private practice, and is a licensed independent provider, National Certified/Licensed Professional Counselor, certified doula, and Reiki Master.

Onley-Livingston received her bachelor's degree in interdisciplinary studies from Coastal Carolina University and her master's degree in professional counseling from Webster University. She is the author of two books, Healing While Grieving and Healing Wounds of the Soul.

Claudia Johnson, Administrative Assistant

(Additional information coming soon)

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Clinical Staff

Violetta Czepowicz, Psychiatrist

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Violetta Czepowicz was born in Cracow, Poland, and graduated from medical school in Poland in 1983. She came to the U.S. in 1986 where she completed residency training in psychiatry at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and continued with a fellowship in anxiety disorders research in the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston. Czepowicz lived in Charleston for 11 years where she served on the faculty at MUSC as an assistant professor involved in research, teaching, and treating patients. She mainly treated patients with depression, anxiety, bipolar and addiction problems. She became certified in Addiction Medicine in 2002 and moved to Myrtle Beach to be a director of the Adult Psychiatry Unit in the newly opened psychiatric hospital – Lighthouse Care Center of Conway. She continues to work at Lighthouse with adults having psychiatric problems, patients with addiction problems (alcohol and drugs), and troubled adolescents. She started working at Counseling Services in 2006 and maintains a private practice.

Lashia Bowers, Counselor and Intercultural Specialist

Lashia Bowers is a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Alcohol and Drug Counselor. She was born in Beaufort, South Carolina and raised in Winston-Salem, NC. She earned her B.A. in English Education from UNC-Greensboro. Upon completeing undergrad, she became a high school teacher and later the English Department Chair. While she was teaching, she completed her Master's in Counseling at Prairie View A&M. Lashia has experience with counseling adolescents, young adults, and families. She has worked within a school-based setting, a behavioral health agency, and in private practice. Lashia is a PhD candidate in Educational Leadership P-12 at Clemson University. She is a practitioner-scholar that has presented at national and international conferences and has an upcoming research and poetry publication. Her research agenda includes emancipatory practices, Africana psychology, and African centered education.

As the Counselor Intercultural Specialist, Lashia is committed to accessibility for ALL students. She approaches counseling with unconditional positive regard and a mutal respect for all cultures. She utilizes an eclectic and research-based approach that values the intersectionality of everyone's identity to individual and group counseling which includes, African centered theory, cognitive behavioral therapy, motivational interviewing, and mindfulness. Lashia enjoys traveling, cooking, poetry, and being in nature.

Sean Pierce, Counselor

Sean Pierce Sean Pierce, an alumnus of Coastal Carolina University, provided counseling services in the Department of Mental Health for the six years prior to returning to CCU. After graduation from Coastal, he attended The Citadel and Webster University, where he graduated with honors, earning a M.A. in counseling. He has worked as a disaster counselor for F.E.M.A. and a speaker for the University of South Carolina, School of Public Health. Sean's disaster program was nominated by the Governor as a Blue Ribbon Area of Excellence. He has had specialized training in psychodrama, peak performance training, mind-body awareness, as well as trauma and educational psychology. In his previous job, Sean was known as a specialist in young-adult issues. Sean's experience lies in working with self-injurious individuals as well as anxiety, depression, mood and thought disorders.

Erika Pomerantz, Counselor

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Erika Pomerantz is a 2010 alumna of Coastal Carolina University with a B.S. in business management and a minor in psychology. She completed her Master of Professional Counseling in 2015 from Liberty University. With a history of employment at CCU, she has experience working with students, faculty, and community resources. Professional experience includes treating mental health disorders in adolescents, adults, families, and substance abuse counseling. Areas of focus are treating anxiety, depression, anger management, trauma, substance abuse,  family and relationship counseling. Erika treats individuals in both individual and group therapy at CCU. In her free time she enjoys outdoor activities, horseback riding, and relaxation.

Tena Nardin, Counselor

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Tena Nardin is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of SC (LPC). She received her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Ohio University and master’s degree in professional counseling at Carlow University in Pittsburgh, Penn. Tena is a National Certified Counselor (NCC) who worked in various clinical settings such as hospitals, community mental health centers, vocational rehabilitation, addiction clinics, and schools. She also has experience working with different populations to include adolescents, adults and geriatrics, however, her passion is counseling college students.  Tena is skilled in treating depression, social anxiety and relationship issues and believes in effective communication and self-awareness for wellness and success.  Her approach to psychotherapy is eclectic while incorporating cognitive behavioral strategies and solution-focused therapy to help promote resilience and change in individuals who are seeking emotional health.


Christine Smerdon, Receptionist