About Us

Beauty for Ashes Counseling, LLC was founded in 2014. Six years later, in 2020, we founded Art & Play Therapy Studios, LLC to streamline our focus and fill a needed services gap in the community.

Art & Play Therapy Studios is one of the most respected counseling practices serving the Upstate and Sumter, South Carolina, Western North Carolina, and surrounding areas. Our counseling services earn their reputation from a deep and sustained commitment to quality care, innovative approaches, and creative methods.

Our therapists are dedicated to providing solace, emotional wellness, and healing to people in pain. Our ultimate goal is to help restore you to your most authentic self.

Meet Our Team of Therapists

Cheryl L. Childers







Art & Play Therapy Studios Founder Cheryl Childers is a Board Certified Art Therapist and Registered Play Therapist as well as a certified Daring Way™ facilitator.


is a graduate of Franklin Pierce University in Rindge, New Hampshire, and earned her social work degree at The College of Social Work at The University of South Carolina in Columbia. Since earning that degree in 1998, Cheryl has been lucky to serve children, adults, and families in a variety of settings, all of which have informed her current approach to mental health and healing.

For over twenty years, Cheryl worked as a medical social worker in long-term care, hospice, inpatient and outpatient rehab, dialysis, and mental health facilities. In 2009, Cheryl studied with Joni Eareckson Tada at the Joni and Friends International Disability Center where she was awarded a certificate in disability ministry. In 2011, Cheryl was proud to receive the 4th highest honor a civilian can receive: The Commander’s Award for Public Service by the United States Army. in 2017, Cheryl returned to graduate school at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in Terre Haute, Indiana to earn her Master of Arts in Art Therapy in 2017. In 2020, Cheryl received her full Registered Play Therapy Supervisor (RPTS) credential from the Association for Play Therapy, and her full Board Certified Art Therapist (ATR-BC) credential from the Art Therapy Credentials Board. In 2022, Cheryl completed the Family Court Mediation Certification & Advanced Negotiation Workshop Training through the South Carolina Bar to become a Court Mediator in South Carolina.

When she’s not working with clients or writing books, Cheryl enjoys illustrating, painting, photography, and anything that sets her free creatively.

Cheryl is currently utilizing telehealth for both North and South Carolina, Florida and Alaska clients. She is out of network with all insurance carriers except TriCare, Medicare Part B, but is happy to provide a superbill (a simple way for you to request out-of-network reimbursement from your insurance company).

Wes Davis



Licensed Professional Counselor, Group Coordinator


has lived most of his life in upstate South Carolina. His interest in the helping arts developed during his years at Gardner-Webb University where he earned his undergraduate degree in 2001. In 2002, Wes earned his Master’s in Counselor Education from Clemson University.

Today, Wes has worked in clinical mental health for over 18 years, including work with a variety of diverse populations and age groups. Though he has treated individuals for a wide range of issues, his expertise is in counseling persons with chronic mental illness and supporting them in their recovery.

In this work, Wes employs a holistic philosophy. By
helping clients to address the mental, physical, and spiritual aspects of their lives, Wes helps people discover their own potential.

Wes is in network with Absolute Total Care, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Choice, Healthy Blue, SC Medicaid, Select Health, Molina, PAI, Tricare and United Healthcare and works out of the Greenville, SC office.

Jamie Manko




Licensed Professional Counselor, Art Therapist


is deeply client-centered in her work. She works closely with her clients to help them tackle points of difficulty and struggle. In sessions, she utilizes art therapy and mindfulness to ease anxiety, reduce stress, and improve sleep and focus. She also believes in the value of engaging in the creative process in order to work through whatever is holding you back from achieving your goals.

Jamie received her Master’s in Art Therapy from Saint Mary-of-the Woods College and focuses her clinical practice on grief, loss, trauma, and depression. She is trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy and incorporates that skill into her client-centered approach.

Jamie currently utilizes telehealth and in-person from our Sumter office.

Jamie is able to see clients who have SC Medicaid, Select Health/First Choice Medicaid, Blue Choice, Absolute Total Care, Molina Medicaid, and TriCare.

Angelica Means



Licensed Independent Social Worker in Clinical Practice Supervisor


is a Licensed Independent Social Worker in Clinical Practice (LISW-CP) and has been actively working in the field of social work for 12 years. She enjoys working with individuals and families who are struggling with depression, anxiety, self-esteem, grief, or trauma as they navigate through life’s many challenges. Her ideal clients range from adolescence to older adults. She’s had experience working with many different populations in both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Angelica is in network with Medicare, SC Medicaid, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Blue Choice and United Healthcare and works out of the Greenville, SC office.

April Titus



Licensed Professional Counselor Associate


is the newest addition to the BFAC team.

is an attachment focused therapist utilizing emotion focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy, and cognitive behavioral therapy.  April is a believer in the mind, body, soul connection and utilize yoga, art, play and other techniques to incorporate somatic body work into session. April is Gottman 1 (couples) and SYMBIS (pre-marital) certified, TREM (Trauma, Recovery and Empowerment Model), and ADC (Alcohol and Drug Counselor) certified as well as a certified Yoga instructor. Her niche is working with attachment wounds, trauma, complex trauma, PTSD, and co-occurring issues such as anxiety, depression, and grief with individuals 17+, Veterans and helping professions, and couples.

April also is Navy Veteran and we thank her for her service.

April currently utilizes telehealth and in-person from our Greenville, SC office. She is able to see clients who have SC Medicaid, and Select Health Medicaid, under the supervision of Wes Davis, MS, LPCS and Cheryl Childers, LISW-CP, LPC. She is out of network with all other insurance carriers but has a sliding-fee scale to meet your financial needs.

Meet Our Support Staff

Job Alexander

Office Manager

Job is the Art & Play office manager. He seconds as a marketer, producer, musician, and storyteller. He received his Bachelor of Science in Marketing from North Greenville University.

Job is happy to represent the Art & Play team and assist you with all of your scheduling and billing needs.


Certified Therapy Dog

Shiloh, and her 4 siblings were found on the side of the road right after they were born. A good Samaritan found them and rescued them. She bottle fed them and found three of them homes. Shiloh, and her brother were sent to Greenville Animal Care to find their forever homes. Cheryl fell in love with her the moment she saw her, and their home has never been the same (literally).

Shiloh is a certified therapy dog, as well as a service dog. She has been a part of Art & Play Therapy Studios from an early age and can be requested for therapy sessions if she isn’t already roaming the office.

Kyrie Eleison

Retired (Really Tired) Therapy K-9

When the son of Art & Play founder Cheryl Childers lost his dog Kida, he was heartbroken. So it was a stroke of luck when Kida’s breeder learned of Kida’s untimely death and contacted Cheryl to let her know they were going to breed Kida’s parents again and would like to give Cheryl and her family the pick of the litter. Kyrie was well worth the wait! Her full name, Kyrie Eleison, is Greek for “Lord have mercy.”

Kyrie has been certified as a therapy and service dog. She has been a part of Art & Play Therapy Studios from the start but retired in 2020. She is no longer available for therapy sessions.

Stop living life through the lens of trauma and mental illness.