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Meet the Counseling Staff

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Angel Onley-Livingston

Director of Counseling Services

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. 

Clinical Staff

Dr. Lashia Bowers

 Interim Associate Director/Clinical Director

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 completing 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 counseling adolescents, young adults, and families. She has worked within a school-based setting, a behavioral health agency, and in private practice. She completed her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership P-12 at Clemson University. Lashia is a scholar-practitioner that has presented at national and international conferences. Her research agenda includes emancipatory practices, Africana psychology, and African-centered education. She co-authored a research article in the Journal of Ethnographic and Qualitative Studies, and she also has a poem published in Root Work Journal. 

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

Dr. Yashica Holmes-Smith

 Dr. Yashica Holmes-Smith, also known as Dr. Y, is a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and Media Psychologist. She comes to us with years of experience providing academic, career, and personal counseling and teaching psychology courses at 2-year, 4-year, and graduate institutions.She has researched personality, coping styles, psychosocial adjustment, and adolescents’ and media immersion. Dr. Y’s special areas of interest in research and practice include women, gender, sexuality, relationships, and diversity (WGSRD). Her approach to counseling is student-centered, and her primary interventions include Psycho-Education, CBT, DBT, Media Therapy, and Guided Self-Help.

Jamaya Binns

Jamaya is originally from Greenville, South Carolina, and comes from a big family with five brothers and one sister. She loves to travel, has over 70 plants, and loves to do crafts and puzzles. Jamaya is a recent graduate of Webster University with her master's In Clinical Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Coastal in 2017 with a bachelor's in Psychology and Sociology with a concentration in Criminology. She has previous experience working in a hospital setting and some experience in law enforcement as a Victim's Advocate. Her approaches are Motivational Interviewing, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Person-Centered Therapy.

Carly Nelson

 Carly Nelson is a Creative Arts Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in the state of South Carolina. Carly was born and raised on Long Island, NY where she completed her education. Carly holds a Bachelor of Science and Master of Arts in Clinical Art Therapy from Long Island University, C.W. Post campus. While having a passion for making art, Carly always knew that she wanted to use her skills beyond being a professional artist. When she found the field of Creative Arts Therapy, Carly knew this would be her lifelong mission. It combines her love of all things creative, and her desire to help others help themselves Carly has experience working with children, adolescents, and adults with a primary focus in cognitive disabilities and chronic mental illness. As a Creative Arts Therapist, Carly believes the use of creativity has a deeply emotional connection to ourselves and our psyche, making it an effective tool for therapy without always needing to say the words. Carly believes that art therapy is beneficial to all ages and provides a space for you to explore your capabilities, promoting self-esteem and personal success, making it an ideal fit for working with students at Coastal Carolina University. In her free time, Carly enjoys yoga, hiking, and traveling whenever possible.

Matika Hubbard

Martika is a Licensed Marriage and Family therapist in both South Carolina and New York. Martika was born and raised in upstate New York. She completed her ungraduate studies at Monmouth University in New Jersey where she was also a Division-1 collegiate soccer athlete for the Hawks and a MAAC championship winner in 2013.  She then went on to complete her graduate studies at the University of San Diego. Martika has spent most of her career working with children, adolescents and families and utilizes her background in family therapy to work with generational trauma. Martika led the team in creating our CCU Mental Health Crisis Plan.  As a former student-athlete, Martika has a strong passion for working with our student-athletes and has a goal of creating a strong relationship with our Chanticleer athletic community. Martika is basic trained in EMDR (Eye Movement Reprocessing Desensitization) and working towards full EMDRIA certification and is working towards a certified mental performance coach certification as well to broaden her knowledge in sports psychology. Martika enjoys working from a person-centered approach and allowing clients to be in the driver’s seat of their mental health journey. In her spare time, Martika enjoys golfing, spin classes, and watching reality television. 

Front Office Staff

Claudia Johnson

Administrative Assistant

Claudia Johnson was born in Long Island, NY, where she began her career path at LIEOC in Nursing.   Claudia began to lean towards Leadership, Supervision, Customer Service, and Finance, where her focus was on servicing others.  She moved to South Carolina in hopes of continuing to serve the needs of others and lead by example.  She continued working in Finance and  received on-going training in Leadership and Customer Service.  Claudia is the renowned author of the book Esteem Yourself Higher, which was written to inspire self-motivation. In addition, she is a certified Book Publisher, certified in Mental Health First Aid. She also stands as CEO of Ladies of Virtuality which is a non-profit organization that gives women the tools to empower their mind, body, and soul. 

Peggy Chapin

Administrative Specialist

Peggy Chapin is the new Administrative Specialist in Counseling Services. Peggy comes with an extensive background in the Executive Assistant field, having worked 37 years in that industry supporting Executives in both Manufacturing & Financial markets. Peggy is originally from upstate New York (Binghamton) and relocated to Conway, SC from Wilbrahm, MA in 2015. Peggy is customer service-focused and brings high energy and a positive attitude approach, she is always willing to jump in and help. Peggy enjoys golfing, traveling, and spending time with her husband in her spare time.