Dr. Tia Buchanan, M.A., NCCA LCCC, ABCST 13741, Rev., DMin.; M.A., M.S., CIT, CPT, CSSBB, NCC, LPCS/C, LAC, EMDRC Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate SC Licensed Professional Counselor (6810) Licensed Addiction Counselor (178) EMDR Clinician (+EMDRIA Professional Member) NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (13741)
Dr. Tia Buchanan, M.A., NCCA LCCC, ABCST 13741, Rev., DMin.; M.A., M.S., CIT, CPT, CSSBB, NCC, LPCS/C, LAC, EMDRCLicensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate SCLicensed Professional Counselor (6810)Licensed Addiction Counselor (178)EMDR Clinician (+EMDRIA Professional Member)NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor (13741)

Our Team

Acorns n Bones Outreach Ministries team involves HIGHLY-trained, experienced, and dedicated professional mental health Psychotherapists and clinicians.  


We equate success of our ministry of HEALING and restoration when individuals, children, families, and relationships of clients are able to "Get Up, Be Raised, and GROW!"

Director, Founder, Supervising Clinician LPCSC Psychotherapist:

"Welcome to Acorns n Bones OMC! Dr. Tia Buchanan is AnB OMC's Founder, Director, and Psychotherapist.  As the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) Supervisor Candidate, Licensed Addiction Counselor (LAC), NCCA Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor, NCCA Certified Sexual Therapist, General EMDR Practitioner, DCMin., M.A., M..A, M.S., Certified Play Therapist, Court Involved Therapist, Dr. Tia Buchanan sees clients for a wide range of issues, depression, anxiety, ADHD, marriage and family, individual, and trauma.


She sees clients who are out of pocket, Cigna, BCBS, and South Carolina Medicaid, Wellcare, Anthem insurance. She practices through applications of an integrated psychodynamic and Christian Psychotherapy modalities as the using her TAIM model in counseling with a Six Sigma DMAIC foundation. Currently she is undergoing her second Doctorate in Community Care Counseling: Traumatology at Liberty University full time, and is a SixSigma Black belt for process management and organization.


"As a EMDR Clinician and EMDR Therapist, I integrate EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing). It is a form of therapy that helps people heal from trauma or other distressing life experiences. EMDR therapy has been extensively researched demonstrates effectiveness for trauma. EMDR is biofeedback. 

Psychotherapy to help people work through their hardest experiences so they are able to live more rewarding lives.


EMDR therapy does not require talking in detail about distressing issues, or homework between sessions. EMDR, rather than focusing on changing emotions, thoughts, or behaviors resulting from distressing issues, allows the brain to resume its natural healing process. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories in the brain. Part of therapy includes alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. For many clients, EMDR therapy can be completed in fewer sessions than other psychotherapies. 


Experiencing life can also effect the brains ability to process perceived trauma and affect the brain's natural ability to recover from distressing events. EMDR therapy is designed to resolve unprocessed traumatic memories through alternating eye movements, sounds, or taps. I have seen how amazing EMDR is for my clients! Watching their healing process with EMDR has made me more confident that I can help future clients with their pain."




Dr. Tia Buchanan, Summa cum laude Honors:  2007-2018: Associate of Applied Sciences Criminal Justice: Criminology and Family Law (Kaplan University) (Cum laude Honors); Bachelor of Theology (Andersonville Theological Seminar ( Summa cum laude Honors); Master of Christian Counseling (Andersonville Theological Seminary) (Summa cum laude Honors), NCCA Ordained Credentials Licensed Clinical Christian Counselor; NCCA Licensed Advanced Board Certification Sexual Therapy; Master of Human Services Marriage and Family Therapy Cognate (Liberty University) (Magna cum laude Honors); Master of Professional Counseling (Clinical+60 Hours+ 600 Grad internship) (Liberty University) ( Magna cum laude Honors); Doctorate Christian Ministry Counseling and Education (Andersonville Theological Seminary) ( Summa cum laude Honors); Certification Six-Sigma (Master) Black Belt Methodology (Kaplan University) (Summa cum laude Honors); CPT, Post Master Certification Play Therapy and Supervision, School of Psychology and Behavioral Health (Capella University) (Summa cum laude Honors); Master of Applied Sciences Forensic Psychology: Mental Health Applications, Court Involved Therapy, Pediatrics (Walden University) (Summa cum laude Honors), 40 Hours EMDRIA Approved Training and 10 hours Consultation, currently undergoing EMDRIA Certified Therapist Completion.


Dr. Buchanan is a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor Candidate, SC Licensed Professional Counselor (6810), with additional National Certified Counselor credentials, and a SC Licensed Addiction Counselor (178). Currently, she is undergoing a second Doctorate in Education Community Care and Counseling: Traumatology at Liberty University (currently).


Dr. Buchanan is a Native American (+European-African American) Christian woman who enjoys hiking outdoors, weightlifting, painting, and spending time with her family. She and her husband arrived at Shaw AFB in 2004 and have been called to continue care within the communities and surrounding areas since his 2014 (22 year) career retirement from the US Air Force.

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)

(Cum laude)

Master of Forensic Psychology: Mental Health Applications: Pediatrics, CIT

(Walden University)

(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.


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).

EMDR International Full Professional Member

Acorns n Bones Outreach Ministries
Bultman Drive 710
Sumter, South Carolina 29150
Phone: (803) 408-5572 (803) 408-5572
Cell: 803-883-4237
Fax: 803-883-4004
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