Our Providers

Tom Barbian, Ph.D.

Tom Barbian, Ph.D.

Executive Director

Raynia McGee, M.D.

Raynia McGee, M.D.

Staff Psychiatrist

Debbie Clark, LPC

Debbie Clark, LPC

Staff Counselor

Bobbie Lackey, LPC

Bobbie Lackey, LPC

Staff Counselor

Bert Medlin, LPC

Bert Medlin, LPC

Staff Counselor

Michael Lashley, LPC

Michael Lashley, LPC

Staff Counselor

Dolores L. Parlato, LPC

Dolores L. Parlato, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Ashley Suits, LPC

Ashley Suits, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Brian Mesimer, LPC

Brian Mesimer, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Liz O’Neill, LPC

Liz O’Neill, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Lesley Sorin, LPC

Lesley Sorin, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Courtney Skaggs, LPC

Courtney Skaggs, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Tovey A. Forbes, LPC

Tovey A. Forbes, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Virginia Arrington, LPC

Virginia Arrington, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor

Ken Kelly, LPCA

Ken Kelly, LPCA

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Stacy Walden, LPCA

Stacy Walden, LPCA

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Sarah Hall, LPCA

Sarah Hall, LPCA

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Rico Hall, LPC-A

Rico Hall, LPC-A

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Rebecca Jones, LPC-A

Rebecca Jones, LPC-A

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Alex Markle, LPC-A

Alex Markle, LPC-A

Licensed Professional Counselor Associate

Our Administrative Staff

Hannah Madsen

Hannah Madsen

Billing Coordinator

Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

Intake Coordinator

Samantha Mogabab

Samantha Mogabab

Intake Coordinator

Meredith Higgins

Meredith Higgins

Psychiatric Assistant

Main Office

1500 Lady Street
Columbia, SC 29201

Monday-Thursday- 8:30-5:00
Friday- 8:30-12:30

Lexington Office

Located in Mt. Horeb United Methodist
1205 Old Cherokee Rd
Lexington, SC 29072

St. Andrews Office

Located in St. Andrews Presbyterian
6952 St. Andrews Road
Columbia, SC 29212

Northeast Office

Located in Crossings Community Church
2831 Clemson Road
Columbia, SC 29229

Thomas Barbian, Ph.D.

Dr. Barbian received his Doctorate in clinical psychology from The Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology in Los Angeles. He also holds a Masters Degree in marriage, family and child counseling, and a Bachelors Degree in Biblical studies. He has had extensive counseling experience in private practice as well as in a church setting. He was co-director of Associated Christian Therapy Services in California and has been actively involved in church leadership for many years.
Dr. Barbian’s primary specialty is the treatment of Sexual Addiction. He has specialized training as a CSAT-C (Certified Sexual Addiction Therapist). He works with addicts, partners, and couples whose lives have been impacted by sexual addiction. He facilitates Group Intensive Workshops for Sexual Addiction at Bethesda Workshops (www.Bethesdaworkshops.org).
Dr. Barbian has also received specialized training in Chemical Dependency, Anxiety Disorders, Attention deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Barbian has been married over 40 years to Corrine (who is also a therapist in Irmo, SC). They have five children and 6 grandchildren.

Education and Experience:
B.A., Southern California College; M.S., California Lutheran University; Ph.D., Cambridge Graduate School of Psychology; staff member, Church of the Living Christ, 1982-89; MFCC intern, private practice, 1986-89; marriage, family and child counselor, Antelope Valley Christian Counseling Center, 1989-91; director, Care Options, 1994-97; professional advisor, CHADD, 1991-97; assistant professor, Chapman University, 1996; clinical director, part-owner, Associated Christian Therapy Services, 1991-97; executive director, Christian Counseling Center, First Presbyterian Church, 1997-present; Licensed Professional Counselor.

Adjunct Faculty:
Columbia International University Graduate School: Clinical Counseling

Locations:
Downtown

Insurance:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State Health Plan
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
PAI
Tricare Standard
Humana

Dr. Raynia McGee

Dr. Raynia McGee began practice with the Christian Counseling Center in September of 2017. Originally from Talladega, AL, she received her B.S. from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA in 1996, her Master’s in environmental science from UT San Antonio in 2000, and her M.D. from Meharry Medical College in Nashville, TN in 2010. Raynia’s Psychiatry Residency was at Palmetto Health/University of SC from 2010-2014. She is a Board-Certified Psychiatrist with the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, a member of the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. She was also a recipient of the Psychiatry Resident of the Year Award in 2014. She and her husband Ellis have two children and are active in Gracelife Church.
Dr. McGee practices outpatient psychiatry specializing in medication management and the treatment of adult depression, bipolar disorder, anxiety disorders, and women’s issues.

Locations
Downtown

Education
General Psychiatry Residency, 2014
Palmetto Health/ University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Doctor of Medicine, 2010
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, TN

Master of Science, 2000
The University of Texas at San Antonio
Department of Environmental Science
San Antonio, TX

Bachelor of Science, 1996
Spelman College
Atlanta, GA

Dr. Raynia McGee
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State Health Plan
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
PAI
Cigna
Tricare (Humana Military 2018)
United Behavioral Health
McCleod Health
Out of Network Reimbursement Available (Call for Details)

Debbie Clark, LPC

Debbie began at the Counseling Center in 2002 after receiving her master’s in counseling from Columbia International University. Before that, Debbie held an undergraduate degree from the University of North Florida majoring in Psychology with a minor in Behavioral Medicine. Debbie counsels adults covering a broad range of disorders ranging from milder forms of Life Adjustment issues, Anxiety and Depression to individual and family caregiver guidance for caregivers of aging loved ones. Her additional therapeutic specializations include treating Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), trauma and abuse recovery, traumatic loss and grief and coping with chronic illness. She often employs EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) for PTSD, trauma/abuse recovery, anxieties and phobias.
Debbie is trained in the use of Validation Therapy for family members with loved ones who have Alzheimer’s disease. She is the cofounder of the donation supported Caring for Caregivers Ministry of the Counseling Center, which began in 2003. Debbie is also a Care Team Trainer and founding member Caregiver Coalition of the Midlands which sponsors a Caregiver Care Line and annual Caregiver Support Conference. Debbie continues to co-facilitate a monthly support group for Spouses’ Caring for Loved ones with Dementia. Debbie is particularly empathetic to these familial situations because she and her four siblings were closely involved in the care of both her parents before their deaths in 2006. Her mother struggled with Alzheimer’s disease for eleven years.
In her spare time, Debbie enjoys photography, gardening, creative cooking, reading, practicing silence, and retreating at abbeys and monasteries.

Locations:
Downtown

Education:
MA, Counseling, 2002
Columbia International University
BA, University of North Florida, 1997

Insurance:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State Health Plan
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
Humana Military (Tricare)
PAI
Premier Health Care
First Sun EAP
Beacon Health and EAP

Bobbie Lackey, LPC

Bobbie has been a practicing counselor for over 20 years and has been with the Counseling Center almost from it’s beginning. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Bible with an emphasis in Counseling and a Master of Education in Counseling along with an Education Specialist degree in Counseling. This year she will be transitioning from a full-time counselor position to become an independent contractor and will be working three days a week. Bobbie enjoys working with individuals dealing with depression, anxiety, trauma, women’s issues, marriage, and other relationship related issues. She has specialized training in EMDR which is a treatment of choice for dealing with traumatic memories and experiences.

Bobbie has a passion for baking, cake decorating, gardening, music and reading. She is currently caregiver for her elderly mother and enjoys spending time with her sisters, nieces, nephews and great nieces and nephews. Prior to becoming a counselor, she lived and worked in Haiti for three years with Habitat for Humanity. She still enjoys short-term mission work when the opportunity arises.

Locations
Downtown

Education
Ed.S & MA, Counseling Education, 1993-1994
University of South Carolina
BS, Biblical Studies, 1991
Columbia International University

Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State Health Plan
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
Corporate Health
Humana
PAI
Premier Health Care
Private Health Care Systems
First Sun EAP
Tricare
Magellan
Beacon Health and EAP
Palmetto EAP

Bert Medlin, LPC

Bert started at the Counseling Center, first as a student intern and now as a fully licensed counselor. Before earning his Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University, he held an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from North Carolina State University. Bert is a gifted counselor particularly in working with children, adolescents, families (including blended families), anxiety and depression. If you can’t find Bert spending his spare time with his wife and two children, he is probably on the lake fishing.

Locations
Downtown
Northeast

Education
MA Counseling, 2005
Columbia International University
BS Mathematics, 1997
North Carolina State University

Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State Health Plan
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
First Sun EAP
PAI
Premier Health Care
Tricare
Palmetto EAP
Network Advantage EAP
Behavior Health Systems Provider

Michael Lashley, LPC

Michael began his work at the Counseling Center in the summer of 2012. Before entering the Clinical Counseling program at Columbia International University, he held a Bible Certificate from CIU, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Wofford College, and a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary. Michael’s particular therapeutic interests include premarital, marital and family counseling, but he also works with individuals and couples in a wide variety of capacities.

In addition to serving as a counselor, Michael is an ordained pastor, having previously served in 2 pastorates. He enjoys following and playing sports, especially tennis, watching movies and spending time with his wife and five children.

Locations
Downtown
Northeast

Education
MA Counseling, 2013
Columbia International University
Masters of Divinity, 2001
Reformed Theological Seminary
BS, Psychology, 1991
Wofford College

Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State Health Plan
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
First Sun EAP
Palmetto EAP

Delores L. Parlato, LPC

Dee’s practice focuses around, but is not limited to, the treatment of sexual addiction and co-addiction in individuals, couples and families. Dee has developed, manages and facilitates the Counseling Center’s comprehensive sexual addictions/co-addiction and recovering couples treatment program. She has over 3500 client contact hours counseling individuals struggling with sexual addiction and co-addiction in both individual and group settings. Dee also facilitates a Boundaries Group and Trauma Resolution Group at the center.

Dee received her BA in Social Psychology from Park University (2002), her MA in counseling from Columbia International University (2006), and a Biblical Ministry Certificate also from Columbia International University (2007). She retired from the US Navy in 2002 after serving 20 years as a photojournalist. Dee is also a Spiritual Director in the Ignatian tradition, completing her training in 2013 from The Jesuit Center for Spiritual Growth, PA. Her knowledge of spiritual formation and use of the classical spiritual disciplines impact her clinical work.

Ashley Suits, LPC

Ashley Suits, LPC, holds a master’s degree in Counseling and an undergraduate degree in Business. Ashley began her work at the Counseling Center in December of 2008. Her areas of therapeutic interest are depression, anxiety disorders, marital issues, skills involving emotional regulation and interpersonal effectiveness, and adolescent disorders. In her spare time, Ashley enjoys spending time with her family, exercising (due to her affinity for desserts), boating, and listening to music. Ashley and her husband have been married since 2003 and they have two children.

Locations
St. Andrews

Education
MA, Clinical Counseling
Columbia International University
BA, Business
Erskine College

Insurance
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC
BCBS State
BCBS Federal Employee Program
Blue Choice Health Plan
First Sun EAP
Palmetto E.A.P.
Tricare
Magellan

Brian Mesimer, LPC

Brian began working at the Christian Counseling Center in the summer of 2015 .He has degrees in philosophy, comparative religion, counseling, and theology, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision from The University of the Cumberlands. Brian is interested in working with people struggling with anxiety, depression, addictions, sexual and relational issues, spiritual formation, crises and trauma, academic concerns, life and career transitions, and grief. He also specializes in applying rich theological insight in a competent and therapeutic way.
Brian and his wife enjoy living in Columbia and are dog people. In his free time, you might find him reading, writing, watching sports (particularly motorsports), and exercising. In addition, Brian is a published researcher and presenter in the fields of counseling and theology, and blogs on subjects related to psychology and theology at various Christian sites. He is also involved at his local church, where he serves in a leadership capacity.

Locations:
Downtown Columbia
Lexington

Education:
Ph.D., Counselor Education and Supervision (expected 2022)
The University of the Cumberlands (CACREP Accredited)
MA, Theological Studies, 2018
Reformed Theological Seminary
MA, Counseling, 2016
Columbia International University (CACREP Accredited)
BA, Philosophy and Religious Studies, 2011
The University of South Carolina

Insurance:
Blue Cross Blue Shield of SC

Liz O'Neill, LPC

Liz holds a Masters in Counseling from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri (2007), and has been working at FPCCC since 2009. She views counseling as an opportunity to safely process and work through life’s challenges with a goal towards growth and transformation. She counts it an honor to collaboratively walk alongside those who are willing to take the courageous step to reach out for support. Her counseling experience includes working with women who have survived various forms of abuse, family of origin difficulties, life transitions, relational difficulties, depression and other mood disorders. She also has experience working with college students and those working in a ministry context. She has received specialized training in EMDR and REBT. Liz and her husband have three children. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family, journaling, trying out new recipes and listening to audiobooks.

Lesley Sorin, LPC

Lesley joined the staff in August of 2012 as a Student Intern. In addition to a Masters Degree in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University, Lesley holds undergraduate degrees from Seattle Pacific University in Psychology and Interpersonal Communication. She is excited to work with a broad spectrum of issues, but she has a special interest in pre-marital and marital therapy, family issues, and any other relational problems. She enjoys working with those who have spiritual concerns or are seeking a deeper relationship with God. Lesley is also interested in alcohol, drug, and food addictions therapy. She has special training to understand and treat emotional problems, relational problems and several mental disorders. Outside of work, she enjoys playing competitive volleyball, reading a good book and basking in the beautiful South Carolina sunshine. Lesley’s favorite thing to do is to spend time with her husband, her three children, and her loving Savior.

Courtney Skaggs, LPC

Courtney started at the Counseling Center in 2012 as a student intern and began practicing in 2014. She holds a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Humanities and Bible from Columbia International University. While she has a many therapeutic interests, Courtney is particularly passionate about working with sexual trauma victims. She is interested in helping clients process their history of abuse and other issues that arise with it such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety, depression, co-dependency, boundary problems, etc. Dealing with traumatic experiences and facing additional issues, clients are allowed the opportunity to enjoy healthier relationships and a well-functioning lifestyle. To aid in the healing process, Courtney uses Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) as well as offering Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR) as a forms of treatment.

In her spare time, Courtney enjoys various outdoor activities, traveling, and spending time with her husband and son.

Tovey A. Forbes, LPCA

Tovey A. Forbes is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and holds a master’s degree (MA) in Counseling and an undergraduate degree (BS) in Intercultural Studies. She is also is recognized as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She has several years of experience working at a multilevel treatment program, providing discharge planning, assessments, individual therapy, family therapy, and group therapy.
Tovey primarily works with adults, including couples and families. She has experience working with clients struggling with a broad spectrum of issues, including mood disorders, personality disorders, grief and loss, anxiety, depression, and trauma. She particularly enjoys working with family of origin issues, depression, trauma, transitions into new stages of life, and relational issues.
Tovey seeks to come alongside clients in their pursuit of greater health by building onto the emotional, psychological, spiritual, and social resources they already have. To do so, she approaches therapy from a non-judgmental, systems-based, collaborative approach and uses a variety of clinical techniques and interventions to help clients achieve therapeutic goals.
In her spare time, Tovey enjoys walking by the lake with her spouse and dogs, reading, enjoying the performing and fine arts, traveling, and figure skating.

Virginia Arrington, LPCA

Virginia's approach to counseling is collaborative in nature, working with clients to process their stories while identifying strengths, roadblocks to change, and influence of relationships. She desires for clients to build insight into their lives and make changes as needed, in order to lead a more fulfilling and purposeful life.

Virginia uses an eclectic approach to therapy that generally consists of Bowen Family Systems Therapy, Narrative Therapy, and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy.

Virginia holds an Education Specialist degree in Marriage, Couples, & Family Counseling from the University of South Carolina and is a Licensed Professional Counselor. She is also a Nationally Certified Counselor and is currently in the process of becoming a Gottman Certified Couples Therapist.

Ken Kelly, LPCA

Ken has always enjoyed helping others with their anxieties and interpersonal challenges, and finds it particularly rewarding as a counselor when clients move towards healing and wholeness in their relationships. His relational approach and gentle demeanor provide a non-threatening atmosphere for clients to explore the “hard” places of life and discover meaningful ways to address them.

While Ken has experience with a variety of therapeutic needs, his passion lies with interpersonal challenges – including pre-marital and marital conflict, children experiencing trauma, as well as guiding clients through the process of forgiveness.

His work as a certified South Carolina guardian ad litem gives him a deep understanding of the issues children face when going through the divorce of their parents. Additionally, his work as a certified Prepare and Enrich marriage facilitator aids him with pre-marital and marital counseling. Ken holds a master’s degree in counseling from Liberty University.

During his free time, you might find Ken baking a loaf of bread, reading a good book, or hiking one of the many trails that South Carolina has to offer.

Stacy Walden, LPCA

Stacy works from a trauma-informed lens and believes change occurs in the context of safe, supportive, empathic relationship. Her approach to therapy is relational with a narrative emphasis, which entails attending to the details of your story as essential to growing in emotional and spiritual health. Stacy also draws from the field of interpersonal neurobiology, which exposes the power relationships play in our lives as we pursue healing and wholeheartedness.

Stacy received her training from Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, FL, graduating with a dual Masters degree in Counseling and Theological Studies in 2001. While pursuing her Licensed Mental Health Counselor credentials in Florida she worked in private practice with a focus on college students, women, and young marrieds. After a season of staying home with her 3 children and participating in planting a new local church with her husband, Stacy returned to counseling in 2019 as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate. She sees clients with a wide range of concerns who are open to walking with others in pursuing meaning in the hard - and sometimes unthinkable - parts of life.

Sarah Hall, LPCA

Sarah Hall holds a BA in Social Science and an MA in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University. She joined the Christian Counseling Center as an intern in 2017 and then as a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in 2018. She has experience providing individual therapy, couples therapy and family therapy. Sarah feels called to help bring healing to hurting relationships and collaborate with individuals to achieve personal growth and reach their greatest potential.
Sarah is trained to walk alongside individuals who are experiencing the pain of depression, anxiety, grief, loss, emotional distress or relational difficulties. She is interested in working with couples and families to overcome relational conflict and experience life-giving relationships. She believes that deepening connection with the Creator is an integral part of the healing and redemptive process.
Sarah enjoys sipping coffee on slow mornings and having long conversations with her friends. She loves to cook new recipes and enjoys international travel. You may find her hiking on the weekends with her husband and her beloved Goldendoodle Benicio.

Rico Hall, LPCA

Rico began working at the Christian Counseling Center in the fall of 2019 as an LPC associate. He holds degrees in Exercise Science, Organizational Leadership, and Clinical Counseling. He is currently pursuing a Ed.D in Sport and Performance Psychology from the University of Western States. Rico is skilled in working with those who are dealing with — anxiety, depression, identity issues, career and life transition and spiritual growth. Rico also specializes in sport and performance psychology, providing mental skills training to—athletes, artist and performers, business executives, organizational leaders, and teams.

In his free time, he enjoys working with mission organizations, traveling abroad, basketball, the beach and spending time with his wife, family and friends.

Education
Ed.D Sport and Performance Psychology (expected 2021)
University of Western States — Portland, OR.
MA Clinical Counseling, 2019
Columbia International University — Columbia, SC. (CACREP Accredited)
MA Organizational Leadership
Eastern University — Philadelphia, PA.
BA Communication and Exercise Science
University of South Carolina Aiken — Aiken, SC.

Rebecca Jones, LPCA

Rebecca holds a Masters degree in Clinical Counseling from Columbia International University (2015) and joined The Christian Counseling Center as a Licensed Professional Counseling Associate (LPCA) in September 2015.
Rebecca takes a non-judgmental and individualized approach to each client. She feels called to help people find relief from their distress and achieve personal growth and transformation so that they may experience more effectiveness and wholeness in their lives and relationships, both with God and others. Some of her counseling experience and interests include depression, anxiety, emotional regulation, relationship difficulties and interpersonal effectiveness skills, spiritual formation, trauma, and phase of life transitions. She has a special clinical interest in perinatal adjustment issues, including perinatal depression & anxiety.
Rebecca and her husband have been married since 2011 and have two children. In her spare time she enjoys baking, a nice outdoor jog, and watching movies with her family.

Alex Markle, LPCA

Alex Markle holds a graduate degree in clinical mental health counseling and an undergraduate degree in psychology and Bible. Prior to counseling, Alex worked in higher education with college students who experienced a wide range of mental health and relational challenges. Her studies led her to gain experience at Sexual Trauma Services of the Midlands, Sistercare, and the Hearth Center for Eating Disorders, all of which have helped shape her interests and skills today.

Alex utilizes various therapies within a Biblical worldview in order to help clients better understand themselves and their challenges, so that they become a rich and redemptive part of their story. She has experience working with a broad range of mental health issues, including mood disorders, anxiety, relational challenges and life adjustments. Alex has a particular interest in children and adolescents, grief and loss, spiritual formation and those dealing with the effects of trauma.

Alex’s clinical work is enriched by her own family and community, who have taught her countless lessons. She enjoys art, cooking, reading and traveling. She loves to consider how each person she meets uniquely bears the image of God.