MEET OUR TEAM
Adam Sachs, LPC, NCC
Adam is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), and comes to counseling
with a broad range of career and life experiences that informs his approach to therapy.
Adam has worked with children, teens, adults, couples and families, from inner city Baltimore to rural South Carolina.
Adam has experience treating people with depression, anxiety, trauma, anger problems, ADHD, low self-esteem, substance abuse, grief/loss, relationship problems, LGBTQ issues, employment difficulties and other matters affecting mental, emotional, physical and spiritual health.
Adam uses a client-centered approach, which emphasizes forming a caring, trusting and non-judgmental relationship
with the client. He believes in helping people resolve current life problems and improve emotional health through a collaborative process of focusing on core issues or symptoms, identifying root causes, examining current thoughts and behaviors, gaining clarity, and evaluating choices. At the same time, Adam encourages clients to increase awareness
of the "big picture" of their lives -- that which brings more meaning, purpose, fulfillment and excitement.
Adam particularly enjoys working with men and women who are going through midlife transitions and challenges,
such as relationship difficulties, career issues and parenting adjustments. Adam also focuses on working with couples.
He has been trained in Emotionally Focused Couples Therapy, which seeks to uncover emotional needs and disconnections in relationships and strengthen bonds.
Adam obtained a BA in International Relations/History from Colgate University (NY) and an MS in Journalism from
Boston University. Adam worked in journalism and public relations before earning a master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with a focus on spiritual integration from Loyola University-Maryland.
Adam currently accepts BCBS, Tricare, United Healthcare, Aetna, Humana and Cigna/Evernorth as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients.
Charlotte is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) and has been working with individuals
and families for the past 8 years.
Charlotte earned a Masters of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Converse College in 2015. As a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, she has had the pleasure of working with individuals, couples, and families in a variety of treatment settings. Settings include community based mental health, adult behavioral outpatient, school-based,
and foster care settings. Prior to moving to the Charleston area in 2018, Charlotte was licensed and practiced
in Asheville, North Carolina.
With specialties in women’s and LGBTQ+ issues, Charlotte’s experience allows her to provide counseling services
across a wide variety of areas including: depression, adjustment disorders, boundary setting, anxiety, relationship issues, physical/emotional/sexual abuse, life transitions, self-esteem, etc.
Charlotte currently accepts BCBS, Humana, Aetna, Tricare, United Healthcare, and Cigna/Evernorth insurance plans, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients.
Charlotte Wright, LMFT
Crystal is the Founder of Compass Counseling and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC), Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPCS) and a Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC) and has been working with adults, adolescents and their families for the past 11 years.
Crystal earned a Masters of Science Degree in Mental Health Counseling from Walden University in 2012. As a
Licensed Professional Counselor and Licensed Addiction Counselor, she has had the opportunity to work in a
variety of settings with diverse populations of people. Crystal has worked with teens and adults in both inpatient
and outpatient facilities, as well as nonprofit mental health and substance abuse organizations. She has additionally obtained certification in A-CRA (Adolescent Community Reinforcement Approach) as well as advanced training
in TREM (Trauma Recovery Empowerment Model). Crystal became a therapist to help people navigate their complex worlds in order to live a healthier, happier life and believes that all components of ones' life are interrelated.
Crystal currently accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, Tricare, United Healthcare, Humana, Cigna/Evernorth and Aetna
Crystal Schulze, NCC, LPC,
Elizabeth Randall-Westbrook, LPC
Elizabeth Randall- Westbrook is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has been working with adults, children,
adolescents and their families over the past five years. She currently works part time at Compass.
Elizabeth earned a Masters of Arts in Clinical Counseling from the Citadel Graduate College in 2017. Since
graduate school, Elizabeth has worked in a variety of clinical settings and has had the opportunity to work with
various populations and diagnoses. As a school-based community health therapist, Elizabeth worked in tandem
with elementary, middle, and high school students and their families. She also worked with adults in a community
mental health setting, as well as providing group, daily living, and social skills support at a psychosocial rehabilitation center for adults. Elizabeth is also currently certified to provide Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral
Therapy (TF-CBT) to children and their families.
Elizabeth’s experience allows her to provide counseling services and support to patients and families experiencing
a wide variety of difficulties, including depression, anxiety, impulse-control and conduct disorders, adjustment and
trauma disorders, neurodevelopmental disorders, behavioral problems, social skills and peer relationships, and family systems.
Elizabeth works with her patients to provide a person-centered approach with cognitive-behavioral therapy to focus
on the individual needs of her patients and families. She focuses on building trust, empathy, compassion and
support for her patients to help them navigate their lives, provide healing, and achieve their overall goals.
Elizabeth is currently only conducting virtual appointments and accepts Tricare, BCBS, Humana, Aetna, United Healthcare and Cigna/Evernorth insurance plans, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients. .
Kelly Starbuck, LPC
Kelly Starbuck is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) that has been providing counseling services in a variety
of settings since 2003. Experience includes working with adults, couples, and adolescents in various stages of
life to meet their individual needs.
Kelly has completed a Master’s Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling from Virginia Commonwealth University in
2003 and has worked in several mental health settings. Settings include community based mental health, inpatient psychiatric care and treatment, and work as an Adjunct Professor in a school based setting. Kelly has been with Compass Counseling since 2019, and previously provided counseling services in Midlothian, Virginia before relocating with her family to Summerville.
Kelly’s experience allows her to provide counseling services across a wide variety of areas including depression,
anxiety, grief issues, co-occurring disorders, adjustment disorders, addiction, codependency, boundary setting, physical/emotional abuse, marital relations, co-parenting, and chronic physiological illness.
Cognitive Behavioral approaches are often utilized in addition to supportive counseling. Kelly enjoys working
with clients using an empathetic and holistic approach to best serve their needs.
She currently accepts Blue Cross Blue Shield, United Healthcare, Aetna, Humana and Cigna/Evernorth, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients.
MaryJeanne is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Licensed Independent Social Worker - Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) and has been working with clients for over a decade. She is licensed in both CT and SC.
MaryJeanne attained her Bachelors Degree in Psychology from Central Connecticut State University before
recognizing her enthusiasm to help others in a therapeutic setting and then set out to earn her Masters of Social
Work from Southern Connecticut State University in 2009. After her Masters program, MaryJeanne worked for
six years in a community non-profit agency with at risk youth where she was also trained in Trauma Focused
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and became the Coordinator of the TF-CBT team at her agency. She also
has experience running groups and teaching parenting classes. Within the agency and in her own private practice, MaryJeanne has worked with children, adolescents, and adults with a variety of backgrounds and difficulties.
As a therapist, MaryJeanne believes one of the most beneficial factors in the therapeutic process is the healthy and collaborative bond between client and therapist. She strives to create an environment in which clients feel supported, are able to work through their difficulties, recognize their strengths, and begin to live the life they have wanted. She primarily utilizes Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and holistic approaches in her work with clients.
She works with adolescents, and adults struggling with depression, anxiety, trauma/PTSD,
bipolar disorder, low self-esteem, behavioral difficulties, and parenting skills.
MaryJeanne accepts insurance plans to include Medicare, Tricare, BCBS, Cigna/Evernorth, Humana, United Healthcare, and Aetna, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients.
Dr. Troy Shiedenhelm,
PhD., LPC, LPCS
Troy Schiedenhelm holds a doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology and master of arts degree in Clinical
Psychology. He obtained his original Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) licensure in South Carolina in 1998
and his North Carolina LPC/LCMHC in 2002. He earned his licensed professional counselor supervisor (LPCS) credentials in NC and SC in 2013 and 2019, respectively. He holds certifications as a National Certified Counselor
(NCC), a National Board Certified Fellow in Clinical Hypnotherapy, a Board Certified-TeleMental Health/Distance Credential Counselor, and as a Certified Clinical Military Counselor. His previous experience as a fix- and rotor-winged professional pilot serves as a foundation for his interest in Aviation Psychology.
He has post-licensure work experience as a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in the employee assistance program (EAP), hospital, community mental health center, and private practice settings. He has teaching experience
at the graduate and undergraduate levels, including his co-authoring, publishing and teaching from his 3
undergraduate psychology textbooks.
Dr. Schiedenhelm is available for evening sessions and currently accepts Tricare, Humana, United Healthcare, Cigna/Evernorth, Aetna and BCBS, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients.
Kim is a Licensed Professional Counselor and has been working with individuals, families, and groups since 2017.
Kim earned a Masters of Arts degree in Education in Mental Health Counseling from University of North Carolina at Pembroke. As a Licensed Professional Counselor, she has had experience working with individuals of all ages and families in both academic and community mental health center settings. Kim enjoys working with both adolescents and adults and has experience to include treatment of adjustment disorders, trauma, depression, anxiety, mood disorders, anger management, and relationship concerns.
Kim utilizes several approaches to counseling such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and person-centered techniques to encourage growth and promote healing. She is passionate about wellness and providing a nonjudgmental and supportive space for all individuals. She has compassion for people going through life’s challenges and transitions and recognizes the importance of building a relationship with clients in order to establish realistic and attainable goals together.
Kim currently accepts BCBS, Tricare, Aetna, United Healthcare, Humana and Cigna/Evernorth insurance plans, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients. .
Kim Yoo, LPC
Samantha Graham is a Licensed Independent Social Worker-Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) and a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker (LICSW). She is licensed in both South Carolina and Washington State. She has been working in Washington with teenagers and adults for the past 6 years until recently relocating to Summerville. Samantha obtained her Masters in Social Work from Southern Adventist University in Collegedale, Tennessee in 2015.
Samantha believes in a holistic approach and a healthy balance between mind, body, and soul. To help her clients achieve that balance, she utilizes mindfulness based approaches, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Solution Focused Therapy, and recently received training in Sensorimotor Psychotherapy and Parts Work. She is passionate about working with and supporting those who have experienced trauma, abuse, sexual assault, and attachment wounds, as well as anxiety, depression, eating disorders, and co-dependency.
Samantha currently accepts Medicare, BCBS, Tricare, United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna/Evernorth insurance plans, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients.
Samantha Graham, LISW-CP
Tamara Newton is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) who specializes in helping clients throughout various life situations and presenting problems. She has practiced in a variety of settings to include in-patient hospital, at-risk youth residential facilities, and private practice.
As an LPC, Tamara has had experience treating anxiety, depression, boundary setting, adjustment disorder, trauma, life transitions, grief and loss and self-esteem issues. Tamara utilizes a non-judgmental approach that is client-centered. Building compassion along with an empathetic approach, she welcomes clients to embrace their true self, nature and authenticity. She believes that awareness can be helpful with navigating throughout life to increase clarity and to overcome obstacles. Tamara particularly enjoys those who are struggling with life transitions and spirituality issues.
She earned her BS in Psychology and minor in Sociology from Charleston Southern University in 2013, in Charleston South Carolina. Tamara earned her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Capella University in 2017.
Tamara currently accepts BCBS and Tricare insurance plans, as well as out-of-network and self-pay clients. She will soon be accepting United Healthcare, Aetna, and Cigna/Evernorth as well.