Kimberly L. Kocak is a Licensed Independent Clinical Social Worker in the State of South Carolina and is the founder and creator of the Corazon Holistic Health Model, a vision 10 years in the making. Her community service experiences include 6 years as a volunteer at CASA, while simultaneously being the founder and the chair for The Northwoods Foundation for 4 years. She has spent much time volunteering for her community through Habitat for Humanity, Driven, The Columbus Foundation, and many others. Kim is also a certified Patient Navigator, which laid a foundation for understanding the need to simplify complex health systems. She has taken her life time of experiences, skills, and understanding to culminate a model that addresses the interconnected complexities of health for each person.
Melanie A. Peebles graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2007 with a degree as an education specialist focusing on marriage and family therapy and is currently a Licensed Professional Counselor Associate and a Licensed Addiction Counselor in the state of South Carolina. She has specialized in working with trauma survivors for over a decade and is trained in trauma informed care, Trauma Recovery and Empowerment Model (TREM), and Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). Melanie honors every client’s journey with safety and empathy and her 16 years of clinical experience makes her well equipped to support your path forward.
Melanie has incorporated a Holistic Health approach from the young age of 13. Now as an adult, she has a personal understanding of how our bodies tell us how to care for ourselves with movement, nutrition, and mindfulness.
Cynthia N. Bailey holds a Masters in Clinical Social Work which she obtained from The University of South Carolina and has been working in the field of counseling since 2006. Currently she is advancing to a Clinical Independent license. Her professional history consists of providing counseling services for survivors of interpersonal trauma including physical, emotional, verbal, sexual and financial abuse for over 17 years. She has also assisted clients experiencing personal difficulties such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, stress-management issues, low self-esteem, body image issues, childhood trauma, and addictions.
Her approach includes Narrative Therapy, Mindfulness Techniques, Motivational Interviewing, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR), and Strength-based interventions. Cynthia is also a Registered Yoga Teacher, and completed her 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Certification in November of 2020. This additional training has helped her better understand the mind-body-spirit connection, and to identify and work through stress and tension that is held in the body using different techniques for self-regulation.
Her goal is to empower clients by identifying internal strengths, overcoming excessive and often chronic feelings of guilt and shame, challenging negative beliefs and replacing those with a more positive self image. Cynthia will work together with her clients to understand how they perceive the world, and which approaches may work best to facilitate healing.
Heather Parsons is a Licensed Master Social Worker with a background in yoga and the arts. While obtaining her master's from the University of South Carolina, Heather began her career in the mental health field as a clinical intern and research assistant at LRADAC (Lexington/Richland Alcohol and Drug Abuse Council), working with clients experiencing substance use disorders, trauma and co-occurring diagnoses including bipolar depression, anxiety and schizophrenia.
Her background as an artist and yoga teacher has significantly informed her perspective and approach as a therapist. Heather employs strengths-based methodologies, focusing on emotional regulation through mindfulness, breathwork and movement techniques. Through an empathetic lens, she strives to assist her clients reach their goals. Her therapeutic focus has been on grief and loss, transitional times in life, addiction, anxiety and depression, all within a trauma-informed framework.
Heather blends evidence-based treatment practices including Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Trauma Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) as well as Play and Art Therapy. She is currently being supervised to obtain her LISW and working towards becoming a Registered Play Therapist. She is committed to providing a space where clients of all backgrounds feel welcomed and supported.