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Clinical Staff

Dr. Lashia Bowers

Director of Counseling Services

 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. 

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.

Yashica Holmes-Smith HeadshotDr. Yashica Holmes-Smith

Dr. Yashica Holmes-Smith, also known as Dr. Y, is a Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor certified in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (CDBT).  She has years of experience providing academic, career, and personal counseling and teaching psychology courses at 2-year, 4-year, and graduate institutions.  She has conducted research focused on personality, coping styles, psychosocial adjustment, and media use among adolescents and young adults.  Dr. Y’s special areas of interest in research and practice include women, gender, sexuality, relationships, and diversity (WGSRD). Her approach to counseling is client-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.

Letitia Minor

Intercultural Specialist

Letitia was born and raised in Pretoria, South Africa and a former CCU track and field/cross country student-athlete. Letitia holds a M.Ed. in School Counseling from Campbell University in North Carolina, and was a school counselor in Horry County, South Carolina for 3 years, before joining the counseling team at CCU. Letitia graduated from CCU in 2015 with a B.A. in Sociology. Letitia is also a Certified School Career Development Advisor and has a passion for student academic success and career development. As the Counselor and Intercultural Specialist, Letitia is committed to creating a space where authentic life experiences and genuine thoughts and feelings meet unconditional positive regard. She believes that the role of a counselor is to be a facilitator of change and she considers it a privilege to build relationships with students to enhance their personal, social, and emotional growth. Her approach to counseling is Solution-Focused Brief Therapy, Cognitive Behavior Therapy, and she enjoys helping students with emotional regulation skills, exercises, and strategies. In her free time, Letitia enjoys spending time with her husband and son, running, hiking, and watching Marvel Cinematic Universe movies and series.

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. She also published a 30-day push journal, Elevation of Esteem, three other journals I'm Positioned, "I Get to do", Baby journal and two notebooks. In addition, she is a certified Book Publisher, Business Consultant, Executive Assistant, Mental Health First Aid, DEI and Podcaster(CLRS). Claudia received her BA in Theology and Religious Studies and is currently pursuing her Doctoral degree in Biblical Psychology at HBI. 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.