OUR STAFF

Shirley Southard MS, LCAS, CCS, LPC
Shirley Southard MS, LCAS, CCS, LPCClinical Director

I have worked in the human service field for approximately 30 years. I have had the pleasure of working with mental health, developmentally disabled and substance abuse populations. I have worked with Assisted Medication Management and active military members and their families. My greatest reward as a therapist is helping my clients explore ways to make the changes in their lives that will allow them to look forward to the future with hope. I believe that we all need someone to talk with who will really listen and accept us as we are, without judgment. I provide my clients with that warm, nonjudgmental environment—a safe place to explore the issues that may be preventing them from living the life they want.

I hold a Master’s degree in Counseling. I am a Licensed Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Substance Abuse Supervisor. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Motivational Therapy and psycho-education extensively. My experience includes working with clients dealing with divorce and single-parenting, addictions, grief, women’s issues, and mood disorders, among other challenges. I find that my great passion is working with individuals who live with substance abuse and addictions.

I enjoy working at Lifeline Treatment Center due to the unique treatment experience that are available to the clients. The clients receive an unprecedented level of individualized care. Lifeline provides physical, emotional, and psychological support that are needed for successful recovery. I believe the treatment offered at Lifeline Treatment is unparalleled to any other.

Ella Deaver- MSW, LCAS-A, LCSW-A
Ella Deaver- MSW, LCAS-A, LCSW-APrimary Counselor

I have worked in the human services/helping profession for over 20 years and have worked with children, families, and individual adults.  I consider it a privilege to be a part of a person’s journey towards making positive, healthy and sustained changes in their life. 

I hold a Bachelor’s Degree in Human Services from Elon University and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from the Catholic University of America.  I believe that Cognitive-Behavioral therapy, Narrative therapy, and psychoeducation are great approaches to use in addressing many of life’s concerns and struggles.  Every person has their strengths, talents and gifts and to best serve a client, I believe that those positives should be tapped into so that a client is fully invested in their treatment and recovery.  My approach is direct and client-centered.  Therefore, I believe that the best outcome in therapy is a result of the therapist and client working together using strategies and interventions that are realistic and meaningful to the individual.

Recovery from alcohol and drug addiction is a lifelong journey and I am honored to be able to be a part of that process for our clients.  I bring a personal understanding of the issues surrounding addiction due to addiction within my own family system.  Lifeline offers a supportive, nurturing environment and is committed to providing the best care for individuals seeking a life free of alcohol and drug addiction so that they can achieve their best life possible.

Linda Massey
Linda MasseyOutreach Specialist | Office Manager

Linda Massey is an Office Manager at Lifeline Treatment Center.  Her career consists of working in the Insurance industry as Lead Business Analyst for a large IT company in South Carolina.   She has diversified experience working with people of all ages, from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Her goal is to give each client the tools they need to successfully manage their lives.

She had firsthand experience with alcoholism and drug addiction within her family unit.  Their sobriety encouraged her to want to give back to others that were experiencing addictions.  Her passion is to help bring healing to people who have gone through similar experiences.

After working for corporate America for most of her life she realized it was time to seek an opportunity where an individual could feel confident that their treatment was not only important to themselves but was important to the staff administering their treatment.

She is thrilled to be a member of Lifeline’s staff because she knows they are committed to helping their clients achieve a better life and she has a major role in their success.

Brandon O’Brien
Brandon O’BrienBehavioral Health Technician

Brandon is a professional behavioral health technician that is extremely passionate about his career. He has over 20 years of knowledge with substance abuse and narcotics anonymous. Having been through addiction himself and now seeing what life is like in recovery, he puts recovery before anything else in his life. Being able to work with clients throughout their treatment process and watch them grow is a dream career come true.

Brandon is also a former graduate from Lifeline Treatment Center. He was so grateful and happy with the treatment he received as a client that he made it a personal goal of his to become an employee of LTC. Now he has the opportunity to share the path that he has taken in recovery with others to guide them in a similar positive and healthy direction.

Michelle Woodside, BLS
Michelle Woodside, BLSCo-Founder, Outreach Director

Michelle Woodside has a passion for helping client’s and their families struggling with addiction. She works around the clock to ensure those suffering always have someone to speak to at all hours of the day or night. Michelle has over two decades professional experience in the field of substance abuse & dual diagnosis and brings her skills to Lifeline Treatment Center to show all of our clients that there is a path for success in recovery and in life.

Michelle received her Bachelor degree from Barry University to pursue her career as a professional counselor. After several years, she soon realized that her skills and passion were in outreach, where she could be of life saving assistance to families all over the country suffering from this disease and inform them of possibilities to combat the disease of addiction. Michelle is a genuine, hands-on owner who truly cares about each and every client and their families.