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the family tree
Is a cooperative, a group of professionals, who have come together, based on a desire to be helpful as well as a passion for their work.

We represent a variety of backgrounds, theories, education and experience which allows us to consult with trusted colleagues in order to offer you comprehensive treatment options. In addition, we are challenged to continue learning and sharing our skills.

Heartwork began in 1981 as the Family Tree in Irmo, SC, a nonprofit parent resource center. The Family Tree was established by a group of new mothers in an effort to provide education and support to families in the early stages of family development. Information about the methods and the Mother Center’s mission can be found at www.motherscenter.org.

As with every child, organizations and practices grow and change. Heartwork has retained the values and beliefs of the Family Tree, but has moved beyond its origins.

Today, Heartwork offers programs and services for parents and their children (who are often adults). We address a number of contemporary concerns faced by families in today’s culture, as well as offering a number of education and enrichment opportunities for adults, children and professionals.

Heartwork will continue to grow and change building on our experiences to meet the needs of our clients and our staff.


Our cooperative includes:

Toni Furbringer PhD., LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Board Certified Clinical Sexologist

Toni Furbringer is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and a Masters degree in Social Work.  She also holds a PhD. in Clinical Sexology from Maimonides University/ American Academy of Clinical Sexology.

Studies outside the university setting include one year of training with Anne Wilson Schaef, author of Living in Process, When Society Becomes an Addict and many other books about chemical and process addictions. She has also had three years of training with Al Pesso, who, with his wife and partner, Diane Boyden developed Pesso Boyden System Psychomotor.  PBSP is a unique approach to psychotherapy, which considers both mind and body in an effort to heal current and past issues of concern.

But my toughest teachers are not as well known as the ones above, they are the people who taught my most important lessons. My sons ignited my passion for understanding human development and gender differences; my family and friends have provided lessons in every area of my life. (Sometimes I did not want to learn but they persisted and for that I am very grateful.)

As a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Florida, she belongs to the National Association of Social Workers and is a clinical member of the Association for Treatment of Sex Abusers. Dr. Furbringer is a Diplomate of the American Board of Clinical Sexology. She is also a member of SASH, the Society for the Advancement of Sexual Health.

Her recent work as a therapist and teacher has included the concept of “forgiveness” and its place in the protection of community. This goal has been used as a therapeutic intervention with private and court ordered clients, convicted of violent and sexual crimes. Dr. Furbringer is currently in private practice and has over 15 years of experience working with clients who have been involved in the legal system.

She has presented workshops on sexuality, sexual violence and abusers, domestic violence perpetrators and “spirituality in psychotherapy practice” at a number of professional conferences both national and international, as well as to State and Federal probation, Department of Children and Families, Universities and the private community.

Carol Savage, MS
Registered Mental Health Intern

Sherri Worthington CCE, CLD
Certified Childbirth Educator
Certified Labor Doula

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