Misti Brien, LISW-CP

Meet Misti:

I believe in the resilience of the human spirit. Every individual has their own unique set of circumstances and I believe there is always hope for change and growth. I strive to provide a safe and empathetic setting in which clients feel they are being heard. My background includes working with individuals and families around issues of anxiety, depression, and trauma. I have a specialty working with children experiencing behavior, attachment, and self-control issues.

I have extensive experience in working with children and families. My training in play therapy allows me to work with young children in a medium where they are able to express themselves in a way that makes sense to them. I implement Dr. Gary Landreth’s belief that play is a child’s work and the toys are the child’s words. I have also been trained in several evidence based positive parenting programs which gives me an enhanced ability to bridge the positive changes being made during sessions, with the positive changes being made in the home and/or school setting.

I enjoy working with clients of all ages and within the modality that works most effectively for their healing. I believe it is important for counseling to be a partnership in identifying past and current challenges while working towards setting goals for the future.


  • Masters in Social Work from the University of South Carolina
  • Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with Emphasis in Social Work from Clemson University
  • Registered Play Therapy (in process) with sand tray facilitation


  • Everyday Parenting
  • Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL)
  • Pyramid Model
  • Child Parent Relationship Therapy
  • Early Pathways
  • Parents Anonymous – support group facilitator
  • The Family Check-Up
  • Keys to Interactive Parenting Scale (KIPS)
  • Build a House Technique – Family Assessment

Professional Affiliations

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Association for Play Therapy, United States