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In Her Own Words 

While my career in mental health counseling began in 2002, my personal journey with health and wellness didn’t truly begin until 2010. I was a military wife of 20 years supporting my husband's career in the Marine Corp. My husband was on his 3rd combat deployment this time in Afghanistan, and I was working as a counselor in Hawaii with the National Guard, on medication for high blood pressure and borderline diabetic.


My family had lived in five different states and one foreign country.  I was not eating healthy, not exercising, and had consistently gained weight after having children. Having juggled my career, family, and health issues of my own, I knew it was time to take my own advice in self-care and if I wanted things to change, I had to make some life changes.



I was drawn to the Integrative Health Coach Training Program through Duke University, it’s reputation and health and wellness philosophy was an ideal fit with my beliefs about mind, body, and spirit.


I completed Dukes Integrative Health Coach program in June 2017 and opened my private practice so that I could further integrate my beliefs on mind, body, spirit into both my mental health counseling practice as well as Health Coaching. The personal changes I experienced by taking care of my body through nutrition were astounding. My energy, my attitude, and my health all improved significantly.

I hope to empower others to reach their optimal health and wellness.

Marcy's Background 

Marcy Houston has worked with the military and their families for the majority of her career. She is married to a retired Marine and understands stresses involved with military families. She works with individuals and couples and is trained in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) working with children ages 2-6 and their families.


In 1996 she attended California State University, San Marcos and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Psychology.


In 2002 she graduated from the University of Maryland University College, Asian Division with a  graduate degree in Counseling and Personnel Services as well as working for Marine Corps Community Services as a Victim Advocate with the Counseling and Advocacy Program. Upon the completion of her Master’s degree, she began working as a Family Advocacy Counselor for the Counseling and Advocacy Program concentrating in the areas of spouse and child abuse.


In 2005-2007 her family was transferred to Battle Creek, Michigan and she started working as a family advocate and parenting group facilitator with Family and Children Services of Battle Creek.


2007-2008, she worked as the coordinator of the Calhoun County Wraparound program which
concentrated on working with children that suffered from severe emotional disturbance.


In May, 2008 her family was transferred to Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii. During this time she worked as the Hawaii National Guard Director of Psychological Health to oversee and coordinate mental health access for Hawaii Army and Air Force National Guard.


In July 2011 her family was transferred to Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina. 

In April 2012 she began working as a clinical counselor for Marine Corps Community Services, Community Counseling Program, Parris Island working with Marines, Navy and their families.


In April 2017 she began the Integrative Health Coaching program with Duke Integrative Medicine and opened Wellness Center of the Lowcountry so she would have an opportunity to use a more holistic perspective of wellness.

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