Advanced Specialized Education:
Certified Play Therapy Supervisor
Post Master Certification in Play Therapy (Capella University) meets requirements for Registered Play Therapist and Registered Play Therapist Supervisor with the Association of Play Therapy. Dr. Buchanan graduated with Summa cum laude Honors, concentration in Filial Family Therapy from a phenomenological client centered methodology and Theraplay.
She is the creator of the Filial Family DMAIC model used only with our clients.
As a Certified Play Therapist, Dr. Buchanan provides a customized version of FILIAL Play Therapy(C) that is catered to Acorns n Bones Outreach Ministries clients, and is developed and implemented through administration of the DMAIC process and TAIM model from a client centered process as a parent facilitator.
She sees clients ranging from ages 3-18 for play and expressive arts therapy.
Court Invovled Therapist, Custody Supervisor, Reunification Provider
Associate of Criminal Justice, Criminology and Victimization, Family Law; Master of Professional Counseling
(60 HR clinical + 600 intern hours);
Master of Forensic Psychology: Mental Health Applications: Pediatrics Population, Court Involved Therapy, NCC LPC
Dr. Buchanan has over 10 years counseling experience and serves as a Court Involved Therapist and conflict and family counselor for
mediation, providing court involved therapy and reintegration/ reunification services to families and children.
She serves ALL areas of South Carolina and is a LPC and LAC for the state of SC. She is a professional member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, and is a Court Involved Therapist.
NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor; NCCA Advanced Board Certified Sexual Therapist
Master of Christian Counseling, NCCA LCC, ABCST
Along with her first Master of Christian Counseling (Summa cum laude) degree, Dr. Buchanan earned Advanced Board Certification in Sexual Therapy with the National Christian Counselors Association. She uses this certification to help provide ADVANCED services for couples, individuals with addictive behaviors, families, and those who are survivors of sexual trauma.
Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate; Licensed Professional Counselor (6810); Licensed Addiction Counselor (178)
Master of Arts Professional Counseling (60 HR CLINICAL) (Liberty University)
Master of Forensic Psychology: Mental Health Applications: Pediatrics, CIT
(Summa cum laude);
NCC is the National Certified Counselor standard that exemplifies general practice of counseling. This credential represents the highest ethical and professional standards for counseling within the field of Psychology and Psychotherapy.
In addition to being licensed as an Ordained Minister in Christian Counseling, Dr. Buchanan holds earned professional counseling credentials with the state of South Carolina and serves as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), and SC Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC).
As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Cancidate, Dr. Buchanan emphasizes the Bio-Psycho-Social model to evaluate factors involved in causing or exacerbating mental health concerns and diagnoses. Psychotherapy theories she will use in supervision include psychodynamic theory, the working alliance model, parallel process, and mirroring of the therapist/ client relationship within the supervisor/supervisee relationship; person-centered, a focus on the supervisor’s trust in the supervisee’s ability to be a clinician in a non-controlling, nondirective environment based on mutual trust; cognitive-behavioral based on learning models that focus on behaviors and consequences; and systemic.
Her background includes the exploration on the criminal mind, assessment, treatment for severe nomeclatures, substance abuse, diagnosing severe mental health issues while providing treatment plans and clinical assessments.
She has supervised staff at Acorns n Bones Outreach Ministries OMC since its inception in January 2010.
CIT, ATIP, EMD^. EDMr, EMDR
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR)
Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) is a psychotherapy treatment originally designed to alleviate distress associated with traumatic memories (Shapiro, 1989a, 1989b).
Shapiro’s (2001) Adaptive Information Processing model posits EMDR therapy facilitates accessing and processing of traumatic memories and adverse life experience to bring an adaptive resolution.
After successful treatment with EMDR therapy, affective distress is relieved, negative beliefs are reformulated, and physiological arousal is reduced.
During EMDR therapy the client attends emotionally disturbing material in brief sequential doses while focusing on an external stimulus. Therapist directed lateral eye movements are used and a variety of stimuli including hand-tapping and audio stimulation are used (Shapiro, 1991).