About Lyssa

Lyssa Harvey Ed.S is a teacher, therapist and an artist. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor, National Board Credentialed Art and Play Therapist, Parent Coach and owner of The Art and Play Therapy Center of South Carolina. Her private practice focuses on Counseling children, adolescents and families. With over 30 years of experience working with children and helping parents Mrs. Harvey has become one of Columbia’s experts in helping families. 

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Mrs. Harvey has worked with individuals with issues of depression, addiction, abuse, divorce, and children with special needs. As a Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor and an Art and Play Therapist Supervisor, Mrs. Harvey has had the privilege of helping to credential many professionals in South Carolina. Her practical and fun workshops have been held at many State and National trainings.

Mrs. Harvey graduated from the University of Georgia, and completed her Masters in Art Therapy at The Hertsfordshire University in England and her Ed.S in Counseling at the University of South Carolina. 

Mrs. Harvey in her capacity as a supervisor has credentialed Licensed Professional Counselors, Art and Play Therapists over the last 15 years.

Mrs. Harvey has developed and implemented art and play therapy programs in hospitals, and schools. Her interest in helping children and individuals with special needs led her to develop Art and Play Therapy programs at Palmetto Richland Behavioral Health and The Palmetto Richland Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. 

She has served on The Edventure Children’s Museum task force to develop programs for children with special needs. Mrs. Harvey was appointed by Governor Hodges to serve as the Second District Commissioner for the Department of Disabilities and Special Needs from 2001-2006. She worked with the SC Arts Commission to provide Arts and Accessibilities training throughout S.C. Mrs. Harvey has presented at state and national conferences on Creativity, Art and Play.

Mrs. Harvey has served on many community and State Boards such as: 

  • 701 Center for Contemporary Arts
  • The Family Connection
  • Workshop Theatre 
  • Presently Co-chairman of The Columbia Holocaust Education Commission. 
  • Past Chairman of the Board of Directors for Keep the Midlands Beautiful.

Mrs. Harvey's work as a therapist and teacher over the years has paralleled her work as an artist. She has won awards for her watercolors, clay sculpture and photography. She presently shows her work in Galleries in Columbia and Charleston, and is a Signature member of the S.C. Watercolor Media Society.