All Salons Will Be Held Via Zoom And In Person.  Participants Will be limited to 100

 Salon Series  Spring 2021

"There will be an option for attendance via zoom and an option for in-person attendance (limited to 10 people -

first come, first serve). Given the situation with COVID-19 we will continue to follow guidelines from the CDC

(masking, distancing, etc.) and decisions about moving to fully virtual will be made if needed."


All Salons meet on Thursdays. Programs are presented 6:30 - 8:30 PM, and 2 CEUs are awarded. 

All registrants will be able to log in at 6:30 for presentation.

January 27th – Ward Lassoe, LPC

Title: “Assessing and Treating Pornography Addiction”



  1. How to assess current pornography use in clients.

  2. How to work with clients to moderate/eliminate pornography use.

  3. Discuss how/why pornography can become “addictive”.


Bio: Ward Lassoe is a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Charleston. He works exclusively with teenage boys

and adult males. He previously worked at Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at the Medical University of South Carolina

as well as at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health. Prior to becoming a LPC, Ward was a broadcast journalist and as a digital

media executive. He holds a BA from Hamilton College, an MBA from Columbia Business School, and an MA in Clinical Counseling

from Webster University. 

February –  Annual CONFERENCE


April 7th – Meg Wallace, LISW-CP

Title:   GRIEF Approach: A Treatment Model for Traumatic Loss

Description: Grief Recovery with Individualized Evidence-Based Formulation Approach (GRIEF Approach) is a modular treatment approach for adult violence loss survivors (homicide, suicide, traffic crash) that incorporates evidence-based strategies from existing trauma and grief interventions to address common mental health problems associated with traumatic death. This approach is comprehensive, yet flexible, to ensure that treatment is tailored to each survivors’ needs.




  1. Identify common trauma and grief responses to traumatic loss (homicide, suicide, traffic crash) and how these reactions can present in the context of individual and sociocultural factors.

  2. Distinguish between prolonged grief, depression, and PTSD and how to approach an individualized treatment plan based upon symptom presentation.

  3. Describe evidence-based strategies (e.g., meaningful behavioral activation, therapeutic exposure, revising bonds) for trauma and grief difficulties.

April 28th – Hallie Buchanan, LPC

Title: “The Light Project: Brain Training for Hard Times”



  1. Participants will learn why our brain skews negative.

  2. Participants will learn how to rewire your brain to focus on the light (what is working & uplifting).


Bio: Hallie Buchanan is a Licensed Professional Counselor who has worked in private practice for over a decade in the Charleston

area. She is a graduate of The Citadel's Masters in Clinical Counseling program, but expanded her training by getting certified in

Phoenix Rising Yoga Therapy and later created a niche in mindfulness and holistic coaching. She is an old soul who is guided by

her foundation in CBT, but believes in the power of intuition and finding new ways of thinking about old concepts. 



May 12th – Karen Perlmutter, LISW-CP

Title: “Working with Clients Who Are Impacted by a Loved One’s Addiction”


Participants will develop an understanding of common family dynamics, struggles, and needs when faced with a  love one’s addiction.

Participants will develop a deeper understanding of the well-known concept that “addiction is a family disease”, as well as the benefits

of “family recovery”.

Participants will learn several strategies to help a client channel feelings about their loved one’s addiction into constructive action



Bio: Karen Perlmutter, LISW-CP has worked as a therapist in clinic, hospital, and private practice settings for 15 years. She specializes

in the treatment of substance abuse and mental illness, with a particular interest in supporting the entire family system through the

complex journey of addiction. She has developed an evidence-based course for families coping with a loved one’s addiction.  Karen

also aims to share education, support and hope with the community through a variety of speaking forums which have included

universities, treatment programs, support groups, National Public Radio, professional training events, and an upcoming Tedx Charleston talk.