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Who Is Sharon V. Balcome, Ph.D.?

Sharon V. Balcome is founder of Career Direction. She works with individuals, ages 16-65+, to develop career plans for their lives. She is a counselor educator who has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families for 30+ years. Her professional life has included working with young people and their parents in the school setting and with adults, couples, and families in a therapeutic setting. She has worked with many clients as they have transitioned through developmental, environmental, and relationship shifts. In addition, she has taught graduate students the theoretical foundation of her approaches how to manage their careers. This offers a wealth of knowledge and a rich insight of clients as they develop career strategies for their lives.

Sharon received a B.S. in Social welfare from Virginia Commonwealth University, and M.Ed. in Clinical Counseling and School Counseling from Western Carolina University, and a Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina. She is certified as a school counselor for kindergarten through high school. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, and a licensed professional counselor supervisor. .

Professional Experience

  • Principal, Career Direction, 16 years
  • Director, The Highlands Program, Mt. Pleasant, SC 16+ years
  • Professor, Webster University and The Citadel, Charleston SC in Counseling and Human Resource Department for 16 + years
  • Private Practice, Psychology and Counseling Professionals, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 5 years
  • Guidance Counselor, High, Middle, and Elementary Schools, 28 + years
  • Private Practice, Pastoral Counseling Center, North Charleston, SC, 5 years
  • Social Worker, Blue Ridge Community Mental Health Center, Asheville, NC, 5 years

License/Professional Memberships

  • Professional Certificate, SC Board of Education
  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
  • Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor
  • Clinical member of American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists
  • Member of American Counselors Association
  • Member National Career Development Association
  • Certified Career Development Facilitator

Community Service, Professional Organizations

  • Career Direction Awarded: Most Innovative Program, Tri-County Counselors Association, 1997
  • President, SC Counseling Association, 1995-1996
  • Named the Outstanding Counselor of South Carolina, SCCA, 1987
  • National Intern for American Counseling Association, 1991
  • Counselor of the Year for Charleston County Schools, 1986