About Me

Colleen Lhotsky Sullivan - Licensed Professional Counselor, MA, LPCOriginally from Maryland, receiving an undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park I have experience working with special needs children and substance abuse counseling. I worked briefly in a Montessori school while obtaining a Master’s Degree, Magna Cum Laude, from Argosy University’s CACREP accredited Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. I love the Montessori philosophy and often bring some aspects into my practice. I believe creating a calm, nonjudgmental space helps others go to that headspace themselves, making it easier to focus and create a habit to find their calm on their own.

Since moving to Charleston, I continued my experience working with children in crisis through an internship at Dorchester Children’s Advocacy Center and then later at another local agency, providing trauma-focused therapy, while working toward full licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

I love continuing my journey in the helping profession. Some issues that bring people in for therapy are harmful behaviors seen in their children. Rather than focusing on the “why,” the “what” is the answer I like to look for – what might be causing a child to behave this harmful way and how can we work together to replace those harmful/unhelpful behaviors with more helpful coping mechanisms.

I regularly work with people with the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Trauma
  • Adjustment
  • Depression
  • Defiance
  • Anger
  • Burn out
  • Communication/Relationship issues
  • ADHD
  • Low self-esteem

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    Individual Therapy

    I incorporate expressive therapies with a trauma informed, multicultural perspective using modalities of CBT, TF-CBT, and solution focused. Through incorporating expressive therapies, like play, art and music, this can help a child with trauma, anxiety, phobias, depression, defiance, anger, ADHD, and low self-esteem reveal unconscious fears, worries, thoughts and wishes to determine their specific/unique needs. The expression is healing in itself, but the patterns or themes in their play can reveal solutions to developing a plan for the family as a whole to heal.

    • What is CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)?: CBT has is one of the leading approaches to psychotherapy due to its strong research support. CBT is based on the idea that our thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are constantly interacting and influencing one another. How we interpret or think about a situation determines how we feel about it, which then determines how we’ll react.
    • What is TF-CBT (Trauma Focused-Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)?: You probably guessed it! Like Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, but with a focus on trauma. TF-CBT is an evidence-based treatment approach for traumatized children or children who have endured very stressful experiences (like sexual abuse, domestic violence, traumatic, grief, disasters and multiple traumas). It provides: Psychoeducation, Relaxation skills, Affective modulation skills, Cognitive coping skills, and can include a Trauma narrative – processing of the traumatic event(s)/reminders and enhancing safety and future development.

    Family Therapy

    As a parent or guardian, asking for help for your child and family might be difficult but with a calm, non-judgmental space to explore what is most productive to your individual and family needs will help. This can include parenting (PMT) and couples therapy depending on family needs. Sometimes family members might be in the same book, but the goal is to get everyone on the same page. Working together to understand you where you and the family unit are and move you closer to your goals is what I want to help with.

    Parent Management
    Training Support

    Parents and caregivers (including foster parents) with children that exhibit oppositional, aggressive, and inappropriate behaviors in the home and school setting. To decrease or eliminate a child’s disruptive or inappropriate behaviors at home or school and to replace problematic ways of acting with positive interactions with peers, parents and authority figures by coaching parents and increasing their parenting skills as evidenced by an improvement on AAPI scores.


    Sessions can range from 2-4 months (12-15 sessions), and are $90 per session.

    Initial Diagnostic Assessment: $120

    This initial intake identifies the specific, extensive and comprehensive needs, concerns, strengths and deficits that allows the family to make informed decisions about the treatment. The assessment includes a comprehensive bio-psychosocial interview and review of relevant psychological, medical, and educational records to obtain information necessary to establish or support a diagnosis that might need to be shared with other providers, as needed.

    Assessments used in session can range:

    • Child and Adolescent Trauma Screen
    • Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire
    • DSM-V Cross Cutting Symptom Measure

    Parenting Assessment: $425

    Parenting Assessments might be needed for adults with DSS involvement who are at risk of losing custody of their children and/or if their children are in foster care and determining parent appropriateness. This assessment is used to determine risk factors (like abuse/neglect and parenting deficiencies) as well as parenting styles, trauma history, diagnosis but most importantly recommendations what a parent might benefit from to succeed.

    This assessment includes:

    • The Life Events Checklist for DSM-5(LEC-5) Assessment: A self-report measure designed to screen for potentially traumatic events in a respondent’s lifetime. The LEC-5 assesses exposure to 16 events known to potentially result in PTSD or distress and includes one additional item assessing any other extraordinarily stressful event not captured in the first 16 items.
    • Adolescent- Adult Parent Inventory Assessment (AAPI) included in the rate and the assessment will have to be scheduled at least 3 days in advance.

    The AAPI assesses the following areas on a low, medium, high risk scale:

    • Expectations of Children (EC)
    • Parental Empathy Towards Children’s Needs (PEC)
    • Use of Corporal Punishment (CP)
    • Parent-Child Family Roles (PCFR)
    • Children’s Power and Independence (CPI)

    Therapy: $55-$110

    • 30 minutes session: $55
    • 50 minutes session: $110

    Cancellation Policy

    Client’s must cancel an appointment at least 24 hours before the time of the appointment. If a client does not cancel in time or show up for their session, they will be charged for the appointment.


    • I do not take any insurance at this time.
    • It is possible for services to be covered in full or in part depending on your current health insurance provider or employee benefit plan so please contact your provider to ask if your plan reimburses you for psychotherapy services.
    • I am able to provide a superbill for insurance reimbursement purposes, as needed.


    I accept cash, check and all major credit cards.


    In the event of a behavioral/emotional crisis or true emergency, please contact:

    • Crisis Hotline: Text HOME to 741741
    • Go to the nearest emergency room
    • Call 911 for immediate emergency care