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What's Safe Haven Christian Counseling Center about?

Safe Haven Christian Counseling Center, LLC is a place that provides a safe space for people from all walks of life to experience an unconditional and supportive presence along life’s journey.

The Center’s Objectives...


Revolve around being Renewed, Restored, Redeemed and Reconciled. Providing professional, compassionate and ethical care from a qualified licensed counselor since 2014.

At Safe Haven Christian Counseling Center, we believe all people deserve to have their voice heard and story told. In the context of a safe and supportive environment, through compassion and unconditional regard, the process of sharing one’s story can be a healing experience. One’s healing journey is personal and individualistic.


What do the four R's mean?


Personally, I have experienced the beauty and pain in my own healing story. As a result, I experienced restoration, a renewed mind, reconciliation within myself, and ultimately, my story was redeemed. Although this will look different for each person, this is my hope for you. I hope for you to find restoration for the broken places, the renewal of your mind, experience reconciliation, and discover your redemption story.


The words reconciliation and restoration are often used in referring to relationships. However, this may not always the be the case. At times, reconciliation may mean saying goodbye to unhealthy relationships or patterns. Reconciling might mean embracing who God created you to be, or the new, healthy version of yourself.


Amy was born and raised in Zimbabwe Africa where her parents served as missionaries. Over the years, Amy’s heart for people has grown into a passion to provide compassionate, effective and ethical care. Amy Duren is married and enjoys long walks with her husband and two dogs. She is passionate about God and His creation. She desires to serve the Lord, loving people as Christ does.




- Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC),

- South Carolina: 6257

- Arkansas: P2106001

- Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling

- National Certified Counselor (NCC)

- Trained in EMDR

- Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP)

- Post-Graduate Certificate in Marriage and Family Therapy

- Prepare and Enrich facilitator

- Stewards of Children training

Amy is clinically trained and able to provide diagnostic evaluations, treatment goals and planning for ages 3 - adult. She draws from various therapeutic and evidence based modalities such as, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Internal Family Systems (IFS), Experiential Therapy and Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR) therapy. Her counseling style is intended to be integrative, as well as collaborative as she develops an individualistic treatment plan. 

Amy received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology and Biblical Studies, Marriage and Family Certificate and Masters of Arts in Counseling from Columbia International University (CIU) in South Carolina. She is currently working on her PhD in Developmental Psychology from Liberty University.


While in school, Amy completed a semester long practicum shadowing an Art Therapist in the children’s cancer department at Richland Hospital in Columbia, South Carolina. She successfully completed a year-long internship as a counseling intern at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. Furthermore, Amy completed an additional internship for her Marriage and Family Certificate at William S. Hall, a child and adolescent psychiatric hospital.

In addition to counseling at Safe Haven Christian Counseling Center, LLC, Amy offered her services for three years at Eau Claire Cooperative Health Centers in Columbia, SC for families and child/adolescents.

About Me


• Anxiety Disorders

• Complex Trauma

- Post Traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD

Dissociative Disorders

• Depression

• Grief and Loss

• Play Therapy

• Spiritual Growth

• Telehealth

• Prepare/Enrich:

- Prepare/Enrich is an assessment tool often used with premarital couples as well as married couples seeking to deepen their relationship. This assessment is based on Systems Theory while integrating principles from Marital and Family Therapy. Additionally, this assessment is prevention-oriented.

Counseling Model.


Safe Haven Christian Counseling Center, LLC believes that some of the effects of living in a broken world or our own negative choices can lead to physical, emotional, spiritual and psychological strain or distress. At SHCCC we believe the agent for healing begins with you. Your courage to reach out for support, through sharing your story and engaging in the healing process sets in motion your redemption story.


Who can benefit from counseling?

It has been my experience, people of all ages, generations, race and sexual orientation can benefit from the therapeutic experience. My style of counseling is integrative and intended to fit your personal needs and goals. This can range from a very clinical, structured and cognitive approach to a more mentorship type role. My approach is collaborative which means, to achieve your goals, we work as a team.

How many counseling sessions will I need?

Typically sessions duration is 12 to 32 sessions, depending on need of the client.


What if I'm looking for a quick fix?

Counseling is intense and challenging. People often experience getting worse before they get better. But if you are committed to the process, counseling offers the possibility for deep meaningful change. 

Do you take insurance?

I offer receipts for insurance reimbursement as I do not bill insurance directly from my office. I do take medical debit cards and FSA cards. 

Is counseling for my child/teen?

This is a common  question. So here are some things which may help you decide if now is a good time for your child/teen to receive counseling. 


- Has there been recent changes in the family?

Examples; divorce/separation, moving, parent career changes, birth or adoption.

- Has your child/teen experienced a loss?

Examples; death of family member, death of pet, moving to new country, town, house or school, separation/divorce, death of family member or friend due to suicide 

- Is your child/teen exhibiting new behaviors?

Examples; sleep patterns, eating behaviors, sensory sensitivity, outbursts, developmental regression, cutting, lying, stealing, isolating, aggression or changes in mood. 

- Has your child/teen witnessed or experienced trauma?

Examples; domestic violence, sexual-physical-verbal abuse, car accident, school shooting


- How would I know if counseling with Amy is not for my child/teen or self?

I do not prescribe medication and will recommend medical professional for psychiatric  assessment and on going care. 


Note: I do not work with custody cases. I believe the counseling process is sacred and needs to be safe for children and teens.


If you would like to schedule an appointment or learn more about Safe Haven Christian Counseling Center, LLC, please fill in the form below and Amy will contact you as soon as possible.

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