843.945.0346 Fax: 843.432.3091 coastalhavencounseling@gmail.com

Finding the right counselor will make a big difference in your comfort level and success.

The best way to find out is to begin a conversation, so please contact us today to be matched with the best counselor for your needs.  ​​

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Myrtle Beach Counseling Locations

Carolina Forest 220 Ronnie Ct Suite 2
Myrtle Beach, SC 29579

South Myrtle Beach 3100 Dick Pond Rd Suite D2
Myrtle Beach, SC 29588

Professional Counselors

Meet Our Team

Sandy Quast MA, LPC

Sandy Quast MA, LPC

(843) 945-0346

​* Teens *Adults *Couples *Family
Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Grief, Career Counseling, ADHD, ADD, Bipolar, Trauma, Goal Setting and Achievement, Life Transitions, Communication Issues, Post Partum Depression, Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder (PMDD), Couples Counseling

Michael Pickett MA, LPC

Michael Pickett MA, LPC

(843) 907-2024

*Children       *Teens       *Adults       *Family       *Couples
Anxiety, Depression, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, Self-Esteem, Bipolar Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Behavior Issues, Grief, Trauma, Family Conflict, Domestic Violence, Self-Harm, Anger Issues, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused CBT)

Wendy Talbert, LPC

Wendy Talbert, LPC

(843) 945-0346

*Children Ages 5+   *Teens    *Adults   *Family
Anxiety, Depression, Self-Esteem, ADHD, ADD, Trauma, Grief, Life Transitions,  Academic Challenges, Emotional Issues, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Behavioral Issues, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, PTSD, Sexual Abuse, TF-CBT (Trauma Focused CBT)​         

Jill Anderson MA, LPC

Jill Anderson MA, LPC

(704) 223-0623

*Teens *Adults *Couples *Family
 Anxiety, Depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Trauma, Grief, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Bipolar, Personality Disorders, Mindfulness

Tammy Stutler, LPC

Tammy Stutler, LPC

(843) 997-1538

*Teens       *Adults       *Family       *Couples
​Anxiety, Depression, Relationship Issues, Self-Esteem, Bipolar Disorder, ADD, ADHD, Grief, Trauma, Family Conflict, Personality Disorders, Transgender Issues, LBGTQIA, Anger Issues, Gender Identity Issues, PTSD

Karen Cruz Administrative Assistant

Karen Cruz Administrative Assistant

843-945-0346

Contact Karen if you have questions, would like to schedule an appointment, or need additional help. Everyone knows Karen is the best, so give her a call today. coastalhavencounseling@gmail.com

Jennifer McGonigal MA, LPC

Jennifer McGonigal MA, LPC

(843) 333-1040

*Adults * Teens *Children 8+ *Parents
Anxiety, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Parenting Issues, PTSD/Trauma, Grief, Personal Growth/Self-Esteem, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Self Harm, Hair Pulling / Skin Picking Disorders

Sheena Gaddis, LISW-CP

Sheena Gaddis, LISW-CP

(843) 945-0346

*Children     *Teens      *Adults     *Family    *Geriatrics
Anxiety, Depression, Behavior Issues, Self-Esteem, ADHD, ADD, Trauma, Grief, Life Transitions, Family Conflict, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, (TF-CBT) Trauma Focused CBT

Why Choose Us

Mental Health Specialists Who Care

Sandy Quast speaks with ABC News on “Seeking positivity after tragedy and how to channel feelings.”

OUR COUNSELING SERVICES

Look for help Today!

We offer a variety of services for children, adolescents, adults, couples and families.​

Individual Counseling

Through one-on-one meetings, you can come to see yourself, your obstacles and your opportunities more clearly – and make decisions that bring you closer to the person you want to be and the life you want to live.

Couples Counseling

Through a series of private sessions, you and your partner can develop healthy ways to resolve conflicts, find compassion, nurture each other and get what you need from your relationship.

Counseling Approaches Utilized

Solution-Focused Counseling Approach

Solution-Focused (SFBT & REBT) counseling parallels positive psychology which concentrates on what is right and what is working for people rather that dwelling on the past. It is a goal-oriented approach to therapy that emphasizes strengths and resiliencies of the individual by focusing on exemptions to their problems. Therapy focuses on identifying and increasing those positive behaviors that have worked in the past. This theoretical approach is grounded on the optimistic assumption that people are resourceful and competent and have the ability to construct solutions that can change the direction of their lives.  During counseling the therapist assists clients to recognize the resources that they already possess (resilience, courage, ingenuity,…) and use their past strengths to make positive change in their lives now.  Therapy includes discussions about what is going well, future possibilities, and what will likely lead to a sense of personal accomplishment. The client gains power with self-helping techniques, which makes this form of therapy a very empowering approach.

Existential Therapy

Existential therapy is a way of thinking that emphasizes our freedom to choose what to make of our personal circumstances.  It is a process of exploring a client’s values and beliefs that give meaning to living. This approach focuses on the ultimate concerns that are rooted in human existence: freedom, existential isolation, meaninglessness, and death. It focuses on the fact that we are free and therefore responsible for our own choices and actions. Even though we cannot control what happens to us, we can control how we perceive and react to our life circumstances. The goal in therapy is for the client to reclaim and re-own their own life. There are four essential aims of existential counseling:

1.      To help clients become more present to both themselves and others.
2.      To assist clients in identifying ways they block themselves from fuller presence.
3.      To challenge clients to assume responsibility for designing their present lives.
4.      To encourage clients to choose more expanded ways of being in their daily lives.

The goal of existential therapy is to assist clients to take positive action based on their honest appraisal of their life’s purpose. The therapist’s task is to encourage clients to consider what they are most passionate about, so they can pursue that positive direction in their lives.

Reality Therapy

The main focus of reality therapy is that we can only control what we are presently doing.  We may be a product of our past, but we are not the victims of our past unless we choose to be. Reality therapy focuses on doing and the creation and implementation of action plans. Clients can improve the overall quality of their lives through honest examination of their wants, needs and how they perceive their lives to be. Reality counseling recognizes that all behavior is aimed at fulfilling the essential human needs for survival, love and belonging, power, freedom and fun. In counseling we will explore your personal life balance and explore ways to create a more fulfilling, greater balance in your life’s experience. 

Cognitive Behavior Therapy

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is utilized to change unhealthy thinking pattern and behaviors and develop an awareness of the connection between a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions. CBT is a type of psychotherapy in which negative patterns of thought about the self and the world are challenged in order to alter unwanted behavior patterns. CBT integrates the cognitive restructuring approach of cognitive therapy with the behavioral modification techniques of behavioral therapy.  The therapist works with the client to identify both the thoughts and the behaviors that are causing distress, and to change those thoughts in order to readjust the behavior patterns. 

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy

Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy is utilized to change unhealthy thinking pattern and behaviors and develop an awareness of the connection between a person’s thoughts, feelings and actions. Trauma focused cognitive behavioral therapy is an evidence-based psychotherapy or counselling that aims at addressing the needs of children and adults with post traumatic stress disorder and other difficulties related to traumatic life events.

Somatic Body Oriented Therapy

Body-oriented models such as Somatic Experiencing® may be utilized to encourage harmony of spirit, body, and mind after a traumatic experience or chronic stress. The Somatic Experiencing® method is a body-oriented approach to the healing of trauma and other stress disorders. It is the life’s work of Dr. Peter A. Levine, resulting from his multidisciplinary study of stress physiology, psychology, ethology, biology, neuroscience, indigenous healing practices, and medical biophysics, together with over 45 years of successful clinical application. The SE approach releases traumatic shock, which is key to transforming PTSD and the wounds of emotional and early developmental attachment trauma.  Somatic Experiencing® offers a framework to assess where a person is “stuck” in the fight, flight or freeze responses and provides clinical tools to resolve these fixated physiological states. It provides effective skills appropriate to a variety of healing professions including mental health, medicine, physical and occupational therapies, bodywork, addiction treatment, first response, education, and others.

Testimonials

What People Are Saying

Jennifer McGonigal really helped me a lot with solving my social anxiety issue, which originally was impacting my quality of life. She is very attentive, thorough, and friendly with her patience and knows how to show you your own self empowerment and ability to take control of emotional issues. Thanks again, Jennifer!

Angelica F.

1 Year Ago

Coastal Haven has helped my daughter’s come so far. Wonderful people,great atmosphere. These ladies truly care about YOU!

Lisa S.

2 Months Ago

I had an excellent experience with Coastal Haven Counseling. They took the time to ask questions about me in order to pair me with the best counselor for my needs.They have counselors who take evening and weekend appointments. I would definately recommend Sandy Quast (owner) and her team. They care and it shows!

Jacqueline S.

2 Months Ago

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Ready to Make a Change?

Let Coastal Haven Counseling help you find the solutions you deserve. Text us to schedule your appointment at 843-945-0346.

Fees:

  • The fee for an individual 50-60 minute session and intake assessments range from $90-$160.
  • Fees are due and must be paid on the day that services are delivered paid via cash, local check, Visa or Mastercard.

Medicaid and Blue Cross Blue Shield insurances may be accepted

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Wendy Talbert

Courage is that part of us that tells us to try again when we feel defeated or discouraged when things don't go as planned despite our efforts. I believe that understanding and acceptance of our uniqueness and respecting different ways of learning, doing, and being our "personal best" is key to our well-being and positive sense of self. For me, counseling provides a safe haven for the release of thoughts and feelings without judgement. It can help open yourself to shaping and changing for positive behaviors and actions.

Throughout my life and thirty years of career experiences in the areas of counseling,  education and social work, I have sought to be an informed advocate for children, adolescents , and families.  I specialize in working with children and adolescents and adults with academic, social and emotional challenges, including ADHD, Anxiety, Depression, Family Conflict, Self-Esteem, Autism Spectrum Disorders and Behavioral Disorders. I have training in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy and mindfulness techniques to treat anxiety, depression and mood disorders.  I look forward to helping you confront challenges and build confidence for future goals.

Sheena Gaddis

I specialize in individuals who are in need of services that range from depression, anxiety, personal and family conflict, adjustments to disabilities, behavioral issues, self-esteem, grief counseling and many other avenues that can lead to unhealthy relationships and stressful interactions.  Using a whole person approach to wellness, I assist individuals and families with a wide variety of issues, using primarily cognitive behavioral and solutions-focused therapies, strength based counseling, motivational interviewing, coaching skills, and case management practices.

​I take a holistic approach and tailor evidence-based interventions to the needs of each client and teach effective coping strategies that are instrumental for successful daily productivity and functionality.  The populations I have experience working with are children and adolescents, teens, adults, and geriatrics.

Tammy Stutler

As a Licensed Professional Counselor my goal is to enrich and improve the lives of every client. We can all encounter obstacles on our journey through life and I will help you overcome the obstacles that are preventing you from living the life you deserve. No problem is too great or too small and I will create a safe, judgement free atmosphere to overcome what life has currently placed in your path.

I have a Master's Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling and I am fully Licensed as a LPC in the State of South Carolina. I am trained as a Cognitive Behavioral therapist, however I take a very eclectic approach in counseling. I utilize many different techniques to best suit my clients.

I have worked with clients of all ages, from pre-school to adults, including couples counseling. I have helped those suffering with anxiety, depression, bipolar, behaviors issues, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, trauma, grief, anger issues, relationship issues, self-esteem issues and more. I am skilled in Crisis Stabilization and Trauma Focused Counseling. I bring a wide array of experience along with education and formal training.

Michael Pickett

Are you a person seeking guidance and direction with everyday problems or issues? Are these issues impacting your daily functioning? I utilize a person-centered care approach by promoting independence, empowerment, and responsibility of maintaining and managing your own health. I am a Licensed Professional Counselor with 19 plus years of experience as a therapist and consultant. I believe in helping you discover your strengths and utilize your strengths in order to empower you to become a change agent in your therapeutic process.

I have extensive experience working with children, adolescents, and adults. I have worked with children and families in various settings such as, acute hospitalization, residential treatment facilities, social services, and juvenile justice system and community mental health.

Jennifer McGonigal

Sometimes life unfolds challenges that we cannot handle alone.  Unhealthy thoughts and feelings can surface and we can feel unable to cope.  This is where my expertise can help.  I truly have a love for helping others discover their strengths and find their potential.

For over ten years, I’ve enjoyed my work helping people successfully let go of painful pasts.  I am a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of South Carolina.  Over the years, I have worked with children, adolescents, adults, families and couples to overcome a wide variety of challenges. I also have specialized training in treating anxiety and related OCD disorders and am a Certified Prepare-Enrich Marriage & Pre-Marriage Counselor.  ​As a counselor, I am here to respect you and listen to you, not give you answers.  I am dedicated to helping you move mindfully toward the life that you intend.

Sandy Quast

Life is filled with road blocks and sometimes it can be difficult to focus on what truly matters. Therapy is a pause on that journey,... a time to identify your obstacles and learn new skills to get back on track. Maybe you want to rediscover forgotten aspirations, take a stand for the person you wish to be, and live a bolder and more creative life...
I offer a comfortable, safe environment to discuss issues that are causing pain in your life, and offer guidance to a path of greater happiness, peace and purpose.  I specialize in treating teens and adults  with anxiety, depression, relationship issues, couples counseling, ADD, ADHD, bipolar, trauma, grief,  self esteem issues and career counseling. ​ I am a Cognitive - Solution Focused Therapist who works to assist clients to re-work negative thinking patterns and behaviors to create a more positive life experience.  If you’re interested in seeing yourself in a new way, owning and directing your life story, re-framing your fears and obstacles, or opening up to a world of new possibilities, I am ready to walk beside you and help you on your journey. I am Certified as a Prepare-Enrich Marriage & Pre-Marriage Counselor, a Certified Career Coach and Author of "Choosing A Career: Your Step By Step Guide," available on Amazon.

Jill Anderson

Feeling "stuck" and frustrated because of a traumatic life experience or chronic stress? Do you have chronic or irrational fear or phobias? I provide professional trauma resolution utilizing cutting edge models of therapy. I help people regain their ability to regulate and normalize the oftentimes devastating feelings and sensations that can overwhelm your life following trauma. I specialize in working with teens, adults and couples to assist you in overcoming  issues holding you back in life.

These methods are different than traditional "talk therapy" in that the body and it's multitude of symptoms are addressed directly.  Through gentle and safe experiential and somatic connection, the body can learn to complete and move the "stuck" energy out for good! I am a Certified Clinical Trauma Specialist as well as a long time service animal advocate.