I was a bit nervous to start the counseling process, but Tom made it comfortable. I am excited to continue working with him.
Tom Herrington, M.Div, M.A.
Have you recently been through a loss and are processing grief?
Often, we think of grief as only occurring when a loved one passes. However, grief can be the result of a divorce, job loss, or any event that has shifted our reality from what we had hoped for. As a past Hospice Grief Counselor, I have much experience helping people process sorrow. It is my privilege to walk alongside those who find themselves in a place of uncertainty, vulnerability, or pain.
Are you in a marriage or relationship that is stuck in conflict or a loss of closeness?
I have helped many couples work through their issues and find renewed commitment and intimacy.
Are you struggling with spiritual beliefs you once held to be true, but are now experiencing doubt?
As an ordained Presbyterian minister, I realize we all go through seasons of uncertainty and doubts. I will listen and be a non-judgmental sounding board as you process spiritual matters. It is my hope that this place and time can become the ground for genuine growth and the beginning of a journey to deep and lasting contentment.
In addition, I am one of the few therapists in Charleston trained in Internal Family Systems (IFS). The IFS approach views each person as being made up of sub-personalities, or “parts,” that cause us to respond to events or people out of emotional states such as anger, fear, frustration, or jealousy, etc. It is as if we each have a family of parts living inside of us, taking over us at times. IFS also says that deep down, each of us also has a “Self,” corresponding to what Christians call “Soul” or what Buddhism calls “True Nature”. Most of us have had experiences of Self from time to time – becoming lost in a moment of play; while experiencing a transcendent work of art; or the beauty of a sunrise. In IFS, I help clients connect with and accept these different internal parts so that the “parts” can relax, step back, and allow the client’s “Self” to come forward. This connecting of “parts” to the “Self” is where healing occurs.
I have a M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary and a M.A. in Counseling from UNC-Charlotte. I have served Presbyterian congregations in North Carolina, South Carolina, and Florida; and was a Community Grief Counselor for Hospice of Cabarrus County in North Carolina.
If you have questions or are ready to begin counseling, contact us today. Our friendly administrative staff will get you scheduled for your first appointment comfortably and confidentially. Don’t continue to feel alone in your struggles, we are here to help.
PREVIOUS CLIENTS’ FEEDBACK
With their permission, here are some experiences of former clients…
Tom has provided an environment that my wife and I feel comfortable to be honest in. It is refreshing to meet a counselor who shows they truly care about helping. Tom is the best.
Tom has helped me change my thinking and implement good coping strategies for my anxiety and depression. I am beginning to feel more like myself and I am so thankful for that.