Dr. Lydia Willingham

Title: Licensed Professional Counselor
Location: Columbia, South Carolina, United States

Dr. Lydia Willingham, Licensed Professional Counselor, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Doctors for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mental health counseling.

Since 2008, Dr. Willingham has employed her expertise as a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in South Carolina. She was previously a counselor with a private behavioral health center, as well as psychotherapy, alcohol, and drug abuse groups throughout the state. In addition to her credentials as a mental health professional, Dr. Willingham is also a pastor, a designation she has held since 2011.

Alongside her primary professional endeavors, Dr. Willingham offers pro bono volunteer counseling services. She is affiliated with the National Black Presbyterian Caucus and served as the president of the National Black Presbyterian Women. Dr. Willingham has also fundraised for a scholarship at Benedict College and maintains affiliation with the National Council of Negro Women.

In preparation for her career pursuits, Dr. Willingham attended Benedict College in Columbia, South Carolina, graduating with a Bachelor of Science in business administration in 1973. In 2000, she earned a Master of Science in counseling from Webster University, and in 2017 she was certified in professional counseling with Mississippi College in Clinton, Mississippi. Alongside her formal degrees, she is a National Certified Counselor, a Licensed Addiction Counselor, and a Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist.

Dr. Willingham’s areas of expertise include marriage and pre-marriage counseling, as well as mediation for individuals and families. She attributes her success to her connections and professional network, and has always wanted to work in the mental health field. Dr. Willingham considers being a wife and mother to be her greatest achievements, and in the coming years, she hopes to write a grant and open a health center that will serve the Black community and other people of color. Dr. Willingham’s motto is “be able to walk not only in what is predictable, but also into the unknown. Take a leap of faith.”

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