Darrell G. Yardley, PhD, LPC

Licensed Professional Counselor and Professor Emeritus of Zoology, Clemson University, Author Bio

Helping clients to cultivate inner-peace, personal growth, and wellness: In these times of great trials and change, of COVID and the pandemic, climate change, and political divide, and using evidence-based approaches, let me help you find your own individual path to inner peace, personal growth, and wellness for your anxiety, depression,

Although I make available more traditional forms of therapy (e.g., cognitive behavioral or CBE and Insight), my primary focus is on ecotherapy, and more specifically mindfulness-centered ecotherapy (MCE). MCE brings the healing power of nature for such issues as anxiety, depression, stress, sexual trauma, loneliness, and much more (listed below) through mindfulness. MCE is solutions-based therapy. It seeks to find answers for the now, not resolve issues from the past. Although, in the process, these old issues often are laid to rest.

Apache (dark horse

Drawing from my background in psychobiology, which includes neurobiology, the sciences in general, MCE, Native American/Indigenous spirituality, over 30 years of mindfulness meditation practice (zazen), and 23 years of counseling practice that includes 16 years of equine-assisted counseling, let me help you find meaning, balance, and harmony.

In my lifetime and career, as a parent, then college professor guiding graduate students and undergraduates, then as a clinician, I’ve worked with teens, young adults, adults, seniors, couples, families, and groups. Parents, is your teen driving you crazy? Teens, are your parents driving you crazy? Offering both tele-counseling and face-to-face sessions, you will have opportunities to meet my two therapy dogs, Morgan and Lacy, or tangle with the mighty mustang, Apache, take a walk in nature, and more.

Morgan (Old Dog, black retriever mix) and Lacy (Great Pyrenees)

Schedule a FREE 15 minute inquiry/introductory secure video session or call/text (864) 754-7570

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  • Coping with COVID and the pandemic
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Loneliness
  • Life transitions (divorce, loss, retirement)
  • Aging
  • Existential meaning
  • Sexuality and gender identity
  • Troubled teens and parenting
  • PTSD
  • ADHD in children, teens, and adults
  • Personal growth
  • inner peace and spirituality


  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
  • Mindfulness-Centered Ecotherapy (Nature-therapy)
  • Animal assisted (canine and equine)
  • Experiential
  • Positive psychology
  • Walk-and-talk therapy
  • Bicycling therapy
  • Clinical hypnotherapy
  • Psycho-/Neurobiology
  • Native American/Indigenous


  • Advanced clinical hypnotherapy (Wellness Institute)
  • National Board for Clinical Hypnotherapists
  • Clinical sexology (American Academy of Clinical Sexology)
  • Distance counseling (Center for Credentialing and Education, Inc.)
  • Equine Assisted Psychotherapy (EAGALA)
  • National Certified Counselor #44392
  • Basic Coach Training (Therapist University)

Note for those wanting face-to-face sessions:


  • Verification of vaccinations (2) and booster
  • Negative results from a PCR Covid test no more than 3 days before session
  • Mask (N-95) worn at all times.

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