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Meet the Team: Meet the Team


Michelle Drayton Therapist


Michelle G. Drayton, MA, NCC, LPC/S BH-TMH

Emerge Essentials, LLC

Licensed Professional Counselor/ Supervisor, Board Certified Telemental Health, Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), Master of Addictions, Certified Triple P Provider

Michelle Drayton (Clay) is a native of Charleston, SC but has lived in Columbia for 29 years. She is a graduate of Webster University with a Masters in Counseling and her undergrad in Criminal Justice from The University of South Carolina (Columbia). She is currently working on a doctorate in the Advanced Studies of Human Behavior.


She has been she been providing counseling services to individuals, families, and groups for the past 15 years.  She has worked in the community for 20 plus years, doing home visits with families and helping them navigate resources in the community. Her work specializes in children to adults dealing with sexual trauma, depression, various anxiety disorders, and couples therapy. 


She has also counseled military war veterans suffering from PTSD and their families. She is a court-appointed Foster Care Advocate, a Certified Sports Psychology Coach, certified trainer for the South Carolina Center for Child Care Career Development, certified Triple P consultant,  Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor, Board Certified Telemental health provider, and a Certified Trauma Provider.  


When it comes to her clients, she utilizes Solution Focused Therapy. Michelle believes in helping her clients understand and navigate the healing process beginning with their first visit.  This therapy helps clients set targeted, realistic, and attainable goals that are more effective for producing behavioral change and a better quality of living. 


Tamika R. James, LPCA, MA, CMHC,

Journey Inward, LLC

Tamika is a well-respected and experienced Licensed Professional Counselor who can help you improve your relationships and build your self-esteem. She has a Master's Degree from Liberty University and a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies, and has over a decade of experience working with families and children. Tamika Specializes in 

Tamika has a special ability to help couples, and has been happily married for over 15 years. She has a wealth of knowledge and understanding to offer when it comes to building a strong and healthy relationship.

Tamika encourages self-esteem in people, and offers a holistic person-centered approach to therapy that is rooted in empowerment. She helps people identify their inner strengths to support growth, self-development, and inner healing. Tamika has worked as a Certified Medical Assistant at Baptist Hospital in Jacksonville, Florida and conducted counseling training in both Jacksonville and Columbia. In her free time,


Tamika enjoys yoga, nature walks, exercise, shopping and spending time with her family, including her beloved dog Polo. Tamika is a mother of three, who understands the importance of strong family bonds and is dedicated to helping others create positive, lasting changes in their relationships. She is excited to help new clients, and if you're looking for help with your relationships or self-esteem, schedule an appointment with Tamika today.


Kimesha Myers, LMSW

Licensed Mental Social Workers

Kimesha Myers holds a Master of Social Work degree from Winthrop University and a Bachelor of Science degree in Sociology from Clemson University.

With extensive experience working with adolescents, Kimesha is well-prepared to offer counseling services aimed at helping them develop empowerment and self-sufficiency.

Drawing on her educational background and professional expertise in social work, including interpersonal helping skills, empowerment practices, and knowledge of social welfare policy, Kimesha is able to develop comprehensive individual care plans for her clients, which encompass the involvement of their families and other support systems.

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