Staff Bios

Kayla Tompkins

Ed.S, LPC, NCC / Full-Time Boys Boarding School Therapist

Kayla Tompkins - Boys Boarding School Therapist

Kayla Tompkins
Boys Boarding School Email Address
LinkedIn for Cherokee Creek Boys Boarding School

Kayla Tompkins is a “hometown girl” from Westminster, SC who joined the Cherokee Creek Family in the summer of 2009. Kayla spent time working as a Primary with us as she pursued her Graduate Degrees in Mental Health from Clemson University. As a student, she enjoyed researching and developing her own counseling identity that correlated with the work she was doing at Cherokee Creek. Kayla specializes in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Family Systems practices, Attachment and Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Kayla holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Clemson University, along with both a Masters of Education (M.Ed.) in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and an Educational Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) also from Clemson. (Go Tigers!)

She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and a Nationally Certified Counselor (NCC).

“I find myself living the medicine wheel and using its lessons in my own life day in and day out. It gives us a foundation to work from and common language to use with our students which allows them to express themselves, discover their capabilities, identify their own values, and build character. Along the way, I see them grow into more authentic young men. I get to watch healing take place. It is a blessing to be a part of this process with students and their families.”

Let me share a middle school story…

“When I was in middle school, my friends and I were pranksters and used to turn the clocks forward so we would get dismissed from class early. We were always into something. My senior year peers nominated me for the superlative of “Class Clown.” Humor was always one of my strongest coping skills when times were tough. Now I find myself teaching appropriate humor skills to middle schoolers on a regular basis- oh the irony!”

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