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College of Education

Faculty and Staff

Jessie Guest, Ph.D.

Title: Adjunct Professor
Project Manager- Carolina Transition to Teaching
Department: Educational Studies
College of Education


  • Ph.D., Counselor Education, University of South Carolina
  • M.A./Ed.S., Mental Health Counseling, Gardner-Webb University
  • B.S., Psychology, James Madison University


Play Therapy, Child and Adolescent Counseling, Trauma, Wellness


Jessie received her Ph.D. from the Counselor Education and Supervision program at the University of South Carolina, where she now works as the Project Manager of the Carolina Transition to Teaching (T3) Grant as well as an adjunct faculty in the Graduate Certificate in Play Therapy. Jessie is a Registered Play Therapist Supervisor and a certified EMDR clinician. Her clinical experiences include working in schools and outpatient settings with children, adolescents, and families who have endured trauma. Jessie’s research interests consist of mindfulness and well-being, play therapy, countertransference, and trauma.

Selected Publications

Guest, J. D. & Carlson, R. G., (2019). Utilizing mindfulness strategies to manage negative countertransference and feelings of dislike while working with children exhibiting externalized behaviors. Journal of Psychotherapy Integration. doi: 10.1037/int0000183

Ohrt, J. H., Wymer, B., Guest, J. D., Limberg, D. H., Carlson, R. G., & Deaton, J. (2019). Counselor Preparation for working with at-risk youth, Journal of Child and Adolescent Counseling, 5(2), 113-129. doi: 10.1080/23727810.2019.1586417

Limberg, D., Ohrt, J. H., Carlson, R. G., Bordanada, T., Bates, D., Wymer, B, & Guest, J. D. (2019). School counselors’ experiences and responses during the south carolina 1,000 year flood. Professional School Counseling Journal, 23(1), 1-10.doi: 10.1177/2156759X19877353

Guest, J.D. & Ohrt, J. H., (2018). Utilizing child-centered play therapy with children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder and endured trauma: A case example. International Journal of Play Therapy, 27(3), 157-165. doi:10.1037/pla0000074

Selected Presentations

Guest, J. D., Wymer, B., Deaton, J., Hipp, C., Newton, T., & Ohrt, J. H. (2018). Counselors Experiences Working with Children Exhibiting Externalized Behaviors: A Qualitative Study. European Branch American Counseling Association. Athens, Greece.

Wymer, B., Guest, J. D., & Deaton, J., (2018). Supervision Experiences Related to Secondary Traumatic Stress When Treating Child Sexual Abuse Survivors. European Branch American Counseling Association. Athens, Greece.

Guest, J. D., Wymer, B., Glascoe, G., & McCartney, E. (2019). Managing negative countertransference utilizing an integrated counselor mindfulness training for counselors working with children who exhibit externalized behaviors in session: A single-case research design. Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Conference. Seattle, WA.

Wymer, B., Guest, J. D., & Hipp, C., (2017). Challenges and opportunities for conducting practice-based research with at-risk youth in an alternative school program. Association for Assessment and Research in Counseling Conference. Phoenix, AZ.

Guest, J. D., Wymer, B., Deaton, J., Linich, K., Sandonato, B. & Ohrt, J. H. (2019). Teacher Training for Identifying and Addressing Student Mental Health Needs: A systematic review. South Eastern School Behavioral Health Conference. Myrtle Beach, SC.

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