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Our Charleston, SC therapists are solution-focused, offering individual therapy, couple therapy & marriage counseling.

Our Charleston therapy office creates the ideal environment in which to work on your life issues. We offer a solution focused approach to counseling, assisting our clients in building a roadmap to create a happy life. What sets our Charleston therapists apart is a down-to-earth approach to individual therapy, marriage counseling or couples counseling. Perhaps for the first time in their lives, individuals can find a safe place to explore issues and develop a better understanding of their situation. Most people struggle from time to time, weather with depression, anxiety or relationship challenges that keep repeating no matter how hard they try to change them. Our expert therapists can offer perspective and a game plan to make positive changes in their life. Couples can benefit immensely from couples counseling. Your therapy sessions can be a safe place to talk, without blame or hurtful words, which can lead to healthy communication and deeper understanding. Your therapist will help you create tools and skills that will help you heal, connect, and find a way to be happier with each other. Our counselors are practical and tools-based, offering direct feedback about your situation. This counseling approach enables us to help you find clarity and help you get back on your feet.
Susan-s-therapistSusan Shealey, LPC Susan Shealey is a Licensed Professional Counselor and is skilled at helping people who are struggling in their relationships. She is a down-to-earth therapist who has respect for individual needs and the couple as a whole. Susan’s strategy for success is accomplished through teaching people the communication skills necessary to begin to repair their relationship and eventually treat each other with more respect and love. Having a professional third party counselor can be really helpful when navigating your relationship difficulties. Couples can discover new insights and develop new strategies that can be the added help needed to turn things around. Susan’s will help you define your relationship goals as an instrument to achieving a better relationship or marriage. Putting everything on the table, without judgment and blame, we can begin to sort out what is needed, and communicate your experience with vulnerability and clarity. Susan is passionate about helping people in all stages of relationship, from premarital counseling, marriage counseling or any committed relationship struggling to feel heard connected and happy together. She specializes in individual therapy, couples counseling and marriage counseling
Individual Therapy It is important to note that everyone runs into challenges, from time-to-time. It is normal to need extra support when you feel overwhelmed, depressed, anxious and/or confused. Our Charleston therapists have years of experience helping clients address issues and develop “workable” solutions. Psychotherapy is a collaborative process, whereby you share your thoughts and feelings and we listen, explore, ask questions and offer valuable feedback in a safe and trusting environment. The therapeutic process can be a profound learning experience for clients, who need a little extra help resolving their issues. We teach empowerment and self-awareness through a solution-focused therapy approach. Our Charleston therapy offices have licensed professionals, who have not only helped numerous people acquire clarity in their lives, but also helped them create a road-map that leads them to health, happiness, peace and success. Video Transcript Hello. My name is Sevin Philips. I’m a licensed marriage and family therapist, and I’m here to talk to you about counseling services in Charleston, SC. I want to talk about the merits of counseling, what you can get out of it, and hopefully give you a better understanding of the kinds of therapists that we are. First off, what I want to say is that every human being on earth runs into challenges in their life and they don’t have the answers for them. Every human being runs into that. And so, even though you might feel that your issue is unique or you’re alone in the world, I want you to know you’re not alone in suffering; everyone runs into challenges and everyone needs help from time to time, and it’s completely normal and acceptable for you to need it as well. As therapists, we know that and we’ve worked with a lot of people, so we have a lot of information about certain issues that have helped many people. What we want to do is to listen to you about your issues and explore them with you so that you can have a greater understanding of yourself, more compassion, and also understand where all this comes from. That kind of understanding can be very helpful in a first stage of moving forward, and it’s also very helpful for us to understand you so that we know what kinds of solutions and skills that would be very helpful for you. So, we take our time in the beginning of therapy investigating these things with you. We take our time in getting to know you so that when we get to the place where you’re ready to move forward in some sort of skill or solution, that it’s the right one for you. We’re also client-centered Charleston therapists, so this is about you; it’s not about us. So we really want to make sure it’s what you want in your life, the issue that we’re talking about is the thing that feels closest to you that you want to work on. You know, sometimes people share these issues with their family and friends, which can be amazing for some people. But what’s really unique about us is that we are your professional guide with a lot of experience. You don’t have to worry about our feelings; we’re really here for you and that’s what we do best. And it can be a very safe place to talk about your feelings in a very unique way. So, I really encourage you to really reach out because it’s a great first step, without taking any really risk on your part, you can call and talk to one of our therapists on the phone and get to know them, tell them a little bit about what’s going on for you and see if there’s a connection. You can watch some of the videos on our website. Articles on our website could be great and you can learn more about the kinds of therapists we are. We’re going to help you understand yourself, we’re going to help look for solutions and skills based on our feedback from you, and we’re going to be compassionate and helpful, and take our time in understanding you. Our Charleston therapist specialize in marriage counseling, couples counseling, couples therapy and individual therapy. I hope you reach out and let me know if this helps. Thank you.

Video Transcript
Hello, my name is Sevin Philips. I’m a Therapist and I’m the Founder of the Relationship Counseling Center in Charleston SC. This video is designed to give you information that’ll be helpful, hopefully, in deciding if we are the right therapist for you, and in addition, if you’re new to therapy, it’ll be great for you to get this information because it’ll be applicable anywhere. We specialize in relationship issues. We work with couples and individuals. When couples come in, we help them create a safe environment to have real conversations so you can get to the bottom of what is really going on between you two. Sometimes having that independent third party can make the world of difference. In addition, we are experts at giving couples tools and skills that are essential for you to know how to treat each other better and to be happy in your lives.

Some of the things that sets us apart from others is that everyone I hire is old enough to have enough life experience to back up their skillset. We have a very direct approach. We give a lot of feedback; we’re not just listening to you each and every session, we’re active participants helping you in your relationship. Much like a relationship coach, we are solution-focused. With our help, we will design relationship goals for you. What’s great about this is you can track how you’re doing in therapy with these goals, and of course, you’ll know when it’s time to end therapy because you’ve achieved your goals.First step would be to give me a call. I could answer any additional questions that you might have. If everything feels right, I’ll have the most convenient therapist call in our Charleston SC office, so you can get to know them on the phone. It’s a great first step. In addition, they’ll tell you all the times that they’re available to see you, both day and evening. They might even ask you a little bit about why you’re coming in.On the money side, some people have out-of-network insurance. You can verify this with your insurance company. In addition, you might have things like flex spending, health savings accounts. With all these things, we can give you an invoice that might help you get some reimbursement. If you haven’t noticed, I have a lot of videos and articles on this website. Please check this out. It’s a great way to get to know what kind of therapists we are, and you also can get to know some of the advice that we give. In addition, you can use that advice right here and now in your relationship, and it could be very helpful. Give me a call if you’d like. Thank you so much.

Get Nostalgic in Romantic Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina has to be one of the most romantic cities in the world, or at least the United States. In fact, with its beautifully-crafted cobblestone streets, massive antebellum mansions, and gigantic shady oaks tress, it is enough to provoke love and romance in even the most coldest and uncaring person. It is simply beautiful – so beautiful that it has inspired numerous love songs, romantic stories, and legends of eternal love. What is so great about Charleston is that you can literally get lost in its history, natural ambiance, sandy beaches, and enchanting gardens. Yes, your city has all of these things – all rolled up into one. Truth-be-told, Charleston has the ability to transport you and your partner back to a time when life was easier – simpler – a time when things were good in the relationship and both of you were happy…really happy.

This city can restore the passion you once felt for each other. It truly is a beautiful city, complete with rippling ocean waves, antique architecture, and various cultures, foods, and beverages – all of which leads to romantic memories that last a lifetime. Charleston is the place to find love and nurture that love. It is a place to relax, eat, drink, explore, and learn together. So, if you want to rekindle the love you once felt for your partner, you are exactly where you should be – in Charleston. Now, all you have to do is take the first step and let love and romance blanket you.

Listed below are some “swoon-worthy” activities sure to add some sparkle to your relationship:

Cypress Gardens

Have you and your significant other been arguing or disagreeing a lot lately? Yes? Well, maybe it is time to visit Cypress Gardens. Why here? Well, because it can provoke feelings of harmony and peace, which is probably something your relationship could use right now. While in the garden, you and your sweetheart will feel bewitched by its cozy and romantic landscape. Truthfully, what could be more romantic and peaceful than spending time in a butterfly and/or bird greenhouse, strolling hand-in-hand, alongside a quiet swamp at Moncks Corner, or paddling through Blackwater creeks, while admiring the picturesque cypress trees? Nothing. Cypress Gardens really is the ideal place for couples wanting to find some peace in their rocky relationships. It is perfect for relaxing and finding the beauty and peace in the world. P.S. Don’t forget to explore the location where “The Notebook” was filmed. How can you get any more romantic than that? You can’t!

Sullivan’s Island

Another romantic place that is sure to get your “love juices” flowing again is Sullivan’s Island. What is so great about this place? Well, it is a low-country stretch of land, where you and your sweetheart can stroll along the beach, talking or just absorbing the tranquil atmosphere. And, although it is not in Charleston proper, it is only 15 to 20 minutes away from downtown. Plus, it is the home to classy beach homes, unspoiled white sand, and beautifully-blue ocean waves. In addition, there are numerous restaurants and bars, where you and your honey can grab some grub and enjoy a couple of adult beverages. For the best experience, make dinner reservations after spending time at Sullivan’s Island, and then take a moonlight walk along the beach. It will truly be the ultimate date night.

Where should you go for dinner? Well, if you are looking for elegant Italian food, try The Obstinate Daughter. What is good on the menu? Well, the Ricotta Gnocchi – short rib ragu, and horseradish gremolata and The Moultrie Pizza – tomato, mozzarella, pepperoni, Mepkin Abbey shitakes, and parmesan are to die for! Or, if you are looking for something more low-key, try Poe’s Tavern. This restaurant is known for its casual burger-bar style setting. Some of its most tasty treats – Poe’s Veggie Burger and the Amontillado chicken sandwich or hamburger, complete with Guacamole, Jalapeno Jack Cheese, Pico de Gallo & Chipotle Sour Cream. Yum! So, settle in and get comfortable. Enjoy the food and the company, and you and your honey will be on the right path to love and happiness.

The Schooner Pride Boat Trip

If you have lost some of the luster and excitement in your relationship, and want to put some wind beneath your sails, The Schooner Pride Boat Trip may be just what your relationship needs to come back alive. Truth-be-told, it is common to lose some of the passion in your relationship, especially if you have been together for a long time. The good news is that you can get that spark back. I bet you did not know that a lot of relationship issues stem from doing the same things over and over again, or not spending enough quality time together. It is so easy to lose touch with each other when your schedules consist of going to work and taking care of children. Couples have to work to keep the passion and fun in their relationships, a fact that many forget or neglect to do. Activities like The Schooner Pride Boat Trip add the fervor back into the relationship. So, grab your sweetie’s hand and go on a 2-hour trip through the Charleston Harbor on The Schooner Pride Boat Trip. What is so awesome about this boat? Well, it is an 18th century, 84-foot tall ship that was once used to trade merchandise and supplies. And, guess what? The Schooner Pride Boat Trip lets you bring food, water, soda, and even beers aboard the ship. Score! So, regardless of whether you book the Afternoon Dolphin Sail, Sunset Sail, or the romantic Moonlight Sail, you and your sweetie will return to land with a lifetime of memories and a boatload of pictures.

Zero George Hotel Cooking School

Have you ever heard the saying “Those who cook together, stay together.” No? Ok, you got me – I made it up. But, it is true. Nothing says forgiveness, love, and romance then delicious food and a full stomach. And, do you want to know what is even better – cooking together. In other words, creating something together that you can be proud of. When you cook together, you are forced to work together, which is probably what your relationship is missing right now. And, guess what? I have the perfect place for you and your honey – Zero George Hotel Cooking School. Here you and your partner are taught how to cook like the chefs you see on television. And, the bonus is that you get to eat the food you prepared together in a romantic setting. Can it get any better?! Yes! The cooking class is taught by the renowned chef, Vinson Petrillo, and the class consists of (3) delicious courses (appetizer, entrée, and dessert), with an accompanying wine to top each dish off. The meals are freshly prepared in a quaint 1804 carriage house on the property. And, if you want some private time with your partner, well, the cooking school also offers private cooking classes, if arranged in advance.


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Our Charleston therapy services offer marriage counseling, couples therapy, couples counseling or individual therapy.

Individual Therapy – $125 per session
Couples Counseling – $145 per session

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Counseling Specialties

  • Interpersonal Issues
  • Marriage Counseling & Couples Therapy
  • Relationship and Intimacy Issues
  • Premarital Counseling
  • Sexual and Emotional Disconnect
  • Infidelity
  • Parenting
  • Fighting and Defensiveness
  • LGBTQ Adults
  • Life & Career Transition
  • Life & Career Transition

Charleston, SC Therapist Locations

Relationship Counseling Center
3030 Ashley Town Center Dr #203
Charleston, SC 29414

Phone: (843) 580-7040

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