Life Transformation

What aspects of your life would you like to improve, and what if you could dramatically transform them with just one, two, or three treatment sessions?

At Charleston Holistic Center, we offer two types of counseling services to help you reach your goals: Results-Oriented and Growth-Oriented Counseling.

We facilitate an environment where positive changes are achieved by our clients quickly; for some of these issues, only one session may be needed, although a follow-up session is always recommended.

You’ll find that we wholeheartedly support your goal of empowering your life and aligning with your goals.

Some of the possibilities for enhancing your life at the Charleston Holistic Center include:

  • Stopping Smoking
  • Phobia/Fear Removal
  • Test Anxiety
  • Public Speaking
  • Stress Reduction
  • Weight Loss
  • Sports/Academic/Professional Performance Enhancement
Results-Oriented Counseling:  ♦  Stop Smoking     ♦  Phobia Removal     ♦  Test Anxiety    ♦  Public Speaking

Philosophy:  Fix a problem rapidly and effectively.


  • Specifically identify your problem
  • Delineate the results you want
  • Individualize the process to your needs
  • Get results within 1-3 sessions
Growth-Oriented Counseling:  Longer term goals and more complex issues:  ♦  Stress Reduction    ♦  Weight Loss     ♦  Healthy Lifestyle    ♦  Sports/Academic/Professional Performance Enhancement

Philosophy:  Drastic improvement in aspects of daily living and working, creating the life you want to live


  • Identify specific goals and current problems preventing you from reaching those goals
  • Individualize a process for helping you reach your goals
  • Create a plan that can be followed with ease.
  • Do the in-depth work needed to create a joyful, more meaningful life

Stop Smoking:

Typically a 75 minute initial session with a 60-minute follow-up

First session:

  • Identify your smoking pattern
  • Determine your triggers for smoking
  • Eliminate your need to respond to those triggers
  • Eliminate any habitual patterns
  • Walk away a non-smoker

Follow-up Session:  Reinforcing the elimination of triggers and habits.

Phobia/Fear Removal:

Often accomplished in 1 session

Approach:  Combination of EMDR & Hypnosis

  • Find your specific triggers and feelings
  • Completely eliminate your brain’s conditioned response
  • Walk out phobia-free

Test Anxiety/Public Speaking:

Often accomplished in 1 session


  • Identify the specific triggers that cause your anxiety
  • Use EMDR and other techniques
  • Completely eliminate your brain’s triggering mechanism for this anxiety
  • Walk out being able to clearly access information and convey it

Stress Reduction:

  • Feel more relaxed and in control of your life
  • Activate your body’s natural relaxation response any time you need it
  • Feel better in specific situations and all day long
  • Eliminate the cause of many chronic diseases

Weight Loss/Healthy Lifestyle:

  • Break bad patterns and habits
  • Create a positive relationship with eating and making healthy choices
  • Find a sustainable lifestyle that create a healthy you
  • Find the body you want
  • Get back your energy

Sports/Academic/ Professional Performance Enhancement:

  • Want to get the edge you’ve always wanted?
  • Learn to focus and get into the zone quickly and easily
  • Shift your paradigm to a higher level and find the success you seek
  • Remove sabotaging patterns and blockages
  • Eliminate fears or success and/or failure
  • Embody success at all levels
I first came to see Lance for smoking cessation and to deal with a couple of phobias. His warm welcome and genuine nature made me comfortable right away. A few years later, I can say that I am a different person than the one who entered his office the first time. Thanks to his commitment in helping me manifest positive changes, I feel emotionally stable and confident that I can overcome life challenges more effectively.   Through the years of establishing a helping relationship with Lance, He has been an incredible resource and support. I am now living in Colorado, and I know that I can call him anytime I need assistance. As a mental health counselor, his competence and effectiveness rest in his ability to connect at a soul level, no matter where I live. I feel very fortunate to have met him and to know that I can always reach out to him if life challenges come along. – Barbara Shuman
I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me and my husband, Paul, to quit smoking. Friday, March 8th (2014) was when we came to you for a stop smoking session. We haven’t smoked since that day. I can’t tell you how happy I am to be a non-smoker.   I had a hard time the first time we both tried to quit and I knew if I couldn’t do it, it would be hard for Paul to see it through. I think I was ready this time and with your help I have been able to do it this time for good. It doesn’t bother me to be around people smoking either. The first time it happened, it took a few minutes before I noticed it and I laughed because it wasn’t bothering me like I thought it would and I felt reassured smoking for me was a thing of the past. Thanks again. -Tammy Richardson
I visited Lance Garland, for anxiety associated, with a needle phobia. I must say that I was reluctant at first but, I was so shocked, at how effective the treatment was. Lance used specific techniques, associated with PTSD patients, to help me overcome my fear of needles. I can now happily say, that I am working at a hospital where I put in IVs, draw blood, and perform finger sticks. Without Lance’s help, I would not be able, to work, in a setting that I love. I highly recommend Lance to anyone in need of an effective LPC. Also, Charleston Holistic Center was efficient, professional, clean, and I recommend their office to anyone. ~Scarlett
For as long as I could remembered, I’ve always been very fearful of geckos and lizards. This irrational fear caused living in Hawaii to be very difficult because there are an abundance of these little reptiles everywhere. Even years after moving to the mainland, the fear persisted. The last few years this fear has intensified. I would actually have frequent nightmares as the weather begins to warm because I know they’re going to be all over my yard. A few times I would cancel appointments because there was a lizard at my door preventing me from leaving the house.   As a Ph.D. student in Psychology, I’ve tried many different techniques to lessen this phobia with no success. In September 2013, I decided to seek help from Lance Garland for herpetophobia (fear of lizards). I didn’t know what to expect. After two sessions, my fear was drastically decreased. Soon after, I went back to Hawaii for a visit. There was only one tense moment when a gecko crossed my path, but I quickly recovered. This was almost a miracle in itself because I would’ve ran and screamed like a banshee in the past. My husband who was very skeptical about the whole experience even noticed the difference in my behavior. He couldn’t believe that I didn’t seem to be aware of the geckos during this recent trip back home. – Dawn Hutcheson