Charis O'Neal, MA, LPC
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I was born in Darlington, SC, and moved with my family at the age of 5 to the mission field in South Africa. After a year, we returned to Darlington where I resided until I left to complete my high school education at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh, NC.  Afterward, I attended the College of Charleston but decided that my focus was elsewhere.  I spent the next few years exploring my life’s goals and my relationship with the Lord until I knew that living my life fully engaged in His will was my only place of true joy.  I re-entered the mission field in 2002, this time as a young adult engaging in my love for culture, humanity, and the Lord.  I traveled with a small group to Russia and Mongolia, working in schools, rehabilitation facilities, and orphanages. In 2003, I attended a YWAM (Youth With A Mission) school in Brazil which focused on dance, drama, and circus outreach. After my return, I married my now husband, Andy O’Neal.  In 2005, I looked at my first-born child and realized that I wanted to be an example for her by pursuing my dream of becoming a therapist.  The next 15 years consisted of obtaining my Master of Science in Psychology from California Southern University, acquiring my status as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and adding 2 more precious children to our growing family. I have worked previously at The CAREHouse of the Pee Dee, focusing on therapeutic services for traumatized children and adolescents, and I am now proud to call LifeCare my home.

What Is Working With Mrs. O'Neal Like?

I was trained in CBT and PCIT.  While working at the CAREHouse, I was able to focus on working with children and family who were experiencing trauma.  As a result, I have a very empathetic approach to therapy and focus on building a rapport with my patients through emotional processing.  When the time is right, I push and challenge my patient's to change, even though I know that can be hard and scary to do.

Who Does She Work With?
  • Adults

  • Adolescents

  • Couples

  • Families

  • Groups

What Does She Provide Care For?
  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Stress Management

  • Boundary Problems

  • Adjustment Issues

  • Couples Therapy

  • Family Therapy

  • Chronic Pain

  • PTSD

  • Behavioral Problems