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Stairway Counseling Services, LLC

How We Serve


We offer diagnostic evaluations in which we will conduct a comprehensive assessment to determine if counseling is needed. This initial session is usually 1 1/2-2 hours long. During this assessment, we will gather information as it relates to biological, psychological, and social information about you. All information gathered is considered private and confidential. There are limits to confidentiality which will be discussed at the initial appointment.


Treatment includes individual counseling and/or family counseling. Counseling sessions are usually 45-60 minutes for about 6-12 sessions. The number of counseling sessions can vary and is dependent upon the progress and completion of treatment goals. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy (REBT), Cognitive Therapy (CT), Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing (EMDR); Person-Centered/Client-Centered Therapy are a few of the treatment modalities that will be used by the counselor. The counselor may take an eclectic approach which is a combination of several major psychological theories. Each client is unique and will receive an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to fit his or her specific needs.

About Stairway Counseling Services, LLC

Stairway Counseling Services is a private, therapeutic practice that is focused on providing quality mental/behavioral health counseling services. The foundation of this business begun in 2009 as we conducted informational sessions to the underserved public through workshops, community panels, and educational seminars.

In 2012, our company expanded its practice to include providing individual and family counseling services. Our first priority is making sure that we establish an effective therapeutic relationship with you, so that you can achieve and meet the goals that you desire. Next, our ultimate mission is to provide you with quality mental health services by utilizing the most current and effective treatment practices geared toward enhancing your quality of life. Thank you for visiting our site and we hope that you will choose us for your counseling service needs.

Meet Cheryl E. CUMMINGS


Dr. Cummings is the owner of Stairway Counseling Services, LLC and Future Generation Consulting & Training, LLC. In the past 19 years, Dr. Cummings worked in a variety of clinical settings in the counseling field. These include residential, inpatient hospitalization, outpatient care, adjunct instructor (undergraduate and graduate-level counseling and psychology courses), and finally private practice. Although Dr. Cummings has a lengthy background providing treatment to children and adolescents, she currently specializes in depression, anxiety, and trauma-related disorders in adults.

Dr. Cummings obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from the University of South Carolina Aiken, and a Master of Science Degree in Counseling & Psychology from Troy University, Augusta, Georgia. She earned her doctorate (with Honors & Distinction) in Human Services with a specialization in Counseling Studies at Capella University. 

Dr. Cummings maintains several licenses and board certifications to include: Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) for South Carolina and Georgia; Licensed Professional Counselor Supervisor (LPC/S) for the state of South Carolina; National Certified Counselor (NCC), Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC), Board Certified-Telemental Health Counselor (BC-TMH), and Approved Clinical Supervisor (ACS) through the National Board of Certified Counselors (NBCC). She also holds the credential of Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) through the International Association of Trauma Professionals. She is a member of several professional organizations and extremely active in a variety of community organizations.

In addition, Dr. Cummings is a Mental Health First Aid USA certified instructor. In 2017, Dr. Cummings was recognized by the American Mental Health Counselor’s Association as a Diplomate of Mental Health Specialist and Diplomate of Mental Health Specialist for Children & Adolescents.

Payment Information

Various EAP Plans

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Phone: 803-643-4263
Fax: 803-648-7665

PO Box 157
Aiken, SC 29802

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