DBT Therapists Trained by Behavioral Tech
Clarify Counseling’s DBT Therapists have received intensive DBT training by Behavioral Tech, LLC, the organization founded by Dr. Marsha Linehan to provide the official DBT training.
Kimberly A. Halley, LMFT
Ms. Halley originally studied Chemical Engineering at the University of Minnesota. After graduation, she worked as an instructor at the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program where she first started counseling as a student adviser and class director for officer students. Upon discharging from the Navy, Ms. Halley worked as an engineer with a biotech company doing specialized water treatment & sold semiconductors in Silicon Valley during the dotcom bubble. Kim then moved to South Carolina and decided to focus more on helping people instead of working with ideas and things. Using her GI Bill, she went to graduate school to study marriage and family therapy at Converse College. While in graduate school, Ms. Halley worked on the Mental Health Association’s Crisis Line and volunteered as a guardian ad litem. In the spring of 2004, while trying to determine her “theory” of therapy, two DBT therapists from Three Springs DBT Group came to present at Converse. This proved to be a pivotal moment in Kim’s career because after her interest was piqued and she did an independent study on DBT, she went to work for Three Springs DBT Group in the fall of 2005.
Ms. Halley received intensive DBT training in 2005 by Linehan-trained therapists and more recently was intensively trained in Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), a treatment for Treating Over-Control Problems (2014-17). Other on-going specialized training includes:
- Advanced Topics in DBT with a Special Emphasis on Adolescents (2006)
- How to Be a Skills Trainer in DBT (2006)
- Treating the Multiply-Disordered Suicidal Client in DBT (2007)
- Individual Psychotherapy in DBT (2008)
- The Neuroscience of Anxiety & Depression (2009)
- Treating PTSD with Prolonged Exposure in DBT with High Risk Borderline Personality Disorder Clients (2013)
- Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Multi-Problem Adolescents (2015)
- Somatic & Attachment-focused EMDR (2018)
In addition to offering DBT therapies, Ms. Halley provides evidence-based treatment for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, a diagnosis that can complicate treatment. After eight years with Three Springs DBT, Ms. Halley decided to start her own counseling center, Clarify Counseling, LLC where she continues to provide comprehensive DBT and work with her DBT team to provide evidence-based treatments.
Jamie Martin LPC
Mrs. Martin began studying psychology in her undergraduate education at Columbia International University. Just six months before beginning her studies, she worked at an orphanage in Nicaragua. This experience of being a caretaker and teaching English classes to children with severe attachment and mood difficulties influenced her decision to study psychology. During college, Mrs. Martin volunteered at William S. Hall, a residential psychiatric treatment facility for children & adolescents, where she assisted leading a social skills group for children. She also volunteered as an advocate at Sexual Trauma Services taking crisis calls and providing hospital accompaniment to recent assault victims. This experience sparked her interest in working with trauma in counseling.
While in graduate school at Clemson University’s Clinical Mental Health program, Mrs. Martin counseled children and families at Carolina Family Services and Greenville Mental Health. However, it was her experience working at the Partial Hospitalization and Intensive Outpatient Program at Marshall I. Pickens Hospital that guided her to the theory of DBT and a skills-based treatment orientation.
Mrs. Martin graduated from Clemson University in May of 2015 with a Masters and Educational Specialist degree in clinical mental health counseling. In order to further her knowledge of DBT, Mrs. Martin received intensive DBT training in June of 2015 from Linehan-trained therapists and in Radically-Open DBT (RO-DBT), a treatment for Treating Over-Control Problems in 2016-17. She has also received specialized treatment for treating teens and families in DBT, Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills with Multi-Problem Adolescents (2015). She joined the Clarify Counseling in July of 2015.
Andrea Furgala, LISW
Mrs Furgala originally studied theater and graduated with a B.S. from the State University of New York, Oneonta in 2001. After a few years of pounding the pavement in the theater world, Mrs. Furgala had a major life event that initiated a career change. In 2004, she began working on her Masters in Social Work from Adelphi University while working full time and completing 2 year-long internships. During the course of schooling, Mrs. Furgala got her start in residential treatment as a Transition Coordinator, working with children and families on successful transitions back into the community. She has always had a passion to provide support for not just the child, but for the family and caretakers as well. She initiated a parent/guardian support group during this first position and later went on to be a faculty liaison for a parent association at her next place of employment.
Mrs. Furgala graduated with her MSW in 2007 and took on a position as a Social Worker at Green Chimneys Residential Treatment Center in Brewster, NY. Her primary responsibilities were to provide individual, group, and family therapy for children ages 6-18. She remained in this position for four years before she was promoted to a supervisory position in 2011.
In 2010, a unique and exciting opportunity came to Mrs. Furgala to participate as a therapist in a research study for an adaptation of DBT for children (DBT-C). Mrs. Furgala spent a year and a half being trained on a weekly basis by Dr. Francheska Perepletchikova, the creator and researcher of DBT-C. Throughout the study, she continued to meet with Dr. Perepletchikova for a weekly consultation team where she received priceless coaching and ongoing support. The study concluded in 2015 and there is evidence to prove DBT-C’s effectiveness! The results of the study indicate that DBT-C can be successfully used with pre-adolescent children with a range of psychiatric problems. Specifically, up to 91% of children with disruptive mood disorder receiving DBT-C demonstrated marked improvement as compared to only 50% of children in standard treatment. Because Mrs. Furgala was trained in DBT-C during its development, the Upstate of South Carolina is one of the first places in the country to offer DBT for children.
After a family move in July of 2015 from the NY/CT area to Greenville, Mrs. Furgala took some time off to help her family adjust to their new surroundings. She joined Clarify Counseling in June 2016 with 10 years of experience working with children and families in the mental health world. She is extremely excited to share DBT-C with South Carolina families!
Alyssa Jenkins, LPC-A,
Ms. Jenkins began studying psychology in her undergraduate education at Georgia College & State University. During this time, Ms. Jenkins worked closely with individuals with unique needs, such as autism spectrum disorder, Prader-Willi syndrome, and reactive attachment disorder. Ms. Jenkins also served as the director of a visual arts program, creating artistic and social opportunities for children in under-served communities. These experiences lead to her desire to pursue further education in the helping field.
Ms. Jenkins attended graduate school at Clemson University’s Clinical Mental Health Counseling program. As part of her graduate work, Ms. Jenkins provided counseling services in a group-home setting and at Clemson’s Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) center. Her graduate experience included co-facilitating a specialized treatment program for adult males, leading skills-building workshops for students with anxious and depressive symptoms, and conducting individual counseling sessions. Ms. Jenkins graduated from Clemson University in May of 2015, with Master of Education and Educational Specialist degrees in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
Ms. Jenkins spent the first years of her career serving as a school mental health counselor in both Georgia and South Carolina. Throughout her career, Ms. Jenkins has collaborated on clinical research projects and co-authored manuscripts published in counseling journals, focusing on advocacy and multicultural competencies in the mental health field. This interest in therapeutic research led to her discovery of and passion for DBT. She completed intensive DBT training in April of 2018 with Linehan-trained therapists from Behavioral Tech, LLC. Ms. Jenkins joined Clarify Counseling in July 2018