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Looking for a help with stress or mental health? Trying to find a therapist or one who takes your insurance?
Get help finding services, mental health advice, and wellness coaching at GMC from a licensed therapist with no cost.

J. Heath Whatley, LMSW License #12124
School Based Social Worker & Therapist

This is Heath's second year at GMC while earning his doctorate in Social Work at Tulane University. Heath has worked in adult, adolescent, and family mental health for 10 years with specialization in severe mental illnesses, play therapy, and suicide prevention. Heath began working in mental health as a non-commissioned officer in the Marine Corps providing suicide prevention services. Heath is licensed to practice therapy in South Carolina and earned his Master’s in Social Work at the University of Southern California. Heath graduated from the Defense Language Institute with fluency in Modern Standard, Levantine, and Iraqi Arabic. He also graduated from Winthrop University with Honors earning a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. If not working or studying, you can find Heath with his family, hiking, kayaking, or practicing for parkour and ninja competitions.


Need Help for Crisis?

If you or someone you know is in a mental health crisis or thinking about suicide, call 988 for immediate support.

Need Mental Health Support at GMC?

Whether you can't find a therapist or want to utilize the mental health support from Heath, you can email Heath directly or fill out this referral form. It's always ok to talk and ask questions!

You can also check out Heath's website for more information.

Community Services and Resources

The Upstate Community has many community services and resources available to teens and their families to assist in addressing their mental, emotional and physical needs.  Some of the organizations and agencies that provide these types of assistance are: