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Compassionate Acceptance for Life (CAL), was founded by Cal Hilsman, a Licensed Independent Social Worker Clinical Practice (LISW-CP). Cal specializes in providing comprehensive mental health psychotherapy. Cal, an alumnus of Warren Wilson College (BSW) and the University of South Carolina (MSW), has honed his skills in diverse settings including the University of South Carolina Counseling and Psychiatry Center, Carolina Survivor Clinic, and several other notable mental health facilities. His practice is grounded in a humanistic approach, enriched by advanced training in Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT). Experienced in treating the client within a larger system, Cal offers a variety of services including individual, couples, family, and group psychotherapy. Living in South Carolina with his family, Cal's diverse life experiences, including environmental conservation, college tennis, and community outreach, enhance his ability to connect and provide tailored therapy to his clients.

Cal Hilsman, LISW-CP


Mandy, a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Bachelor’s in Psychology and a Master’s in Counselor Education from the University of South Carolina, specializes in Marriage, Couples, and Family Therapy. Her extensive experience includes volunteering with middle school students, serving as a stress management coach, co-therapy in family settings, and practicing individual therapy. Mandy employs a systemic approach in her practice, considering cultural, familial, and attachment histories. She is skilled in managing anxiety and trauma, recently completing Level One training in Emotion-Focused Individual Therapy. Additionally, Mandy integrates mindfulness, journaling, CBT, and parts work into her therapy. Known for her compassion, support, and nonjudgmental stance, Mandy enjoys the outdoors, dancing, crafting, and lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her two pets, embracing life one day at a time.

Mandy Null, LPC

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