Rich Schlauch, MSW, LISW-CP

Rich Schlauch - President/CEO and Founder

Years in Practice :
20+ Years

Rich is the President/CEO and Founder of Palmetto Counseling & Consulting Services, LLC (Palmetto). Palmetto is an outpatient behavioral healthcare practice with locations in Rock Hill SC, Fort Mill SC, and serves communities in the Charlotte area to provide comprehensive outpatient mental health treatment to individuals with mental health, substance abuse, and behavioral health concerns. As an advocate for mental health awareness, Mr. Schlauch strives to promote a recovery oriented, client-driven, integrated, wholistic, culturally diverse and inclusive treatment model that is committed to dignity and respect to treat clients.

Driven by his passion to combat the stigma that often prevents people from seeking help, Palmetto’s mission is to “Help People Move Forward” and provide treatment in a highly respectful, caring, and compassionate manner for those suffering from depression, anxiety, addiction, or other mental health conditions that interfere with a person’s ability to lead a happy and fulfilled life.

Prior to founding Palmetto in 2008, Rich worked in both for-profit and non-profit settings providing outpatient behavioral healthcare, community-based mental health, and residential treatment services.

Mr. Schlauch has held administrative roles as Director of Clinical Services and Program Director in which he provided both administrative and clinical oversight to ensure agency compliance with state, federal, and national accreditation standards (e.g., JCAHO, COA, & CARF). As part of his administrative roles, Rich was responsible for developing requisite administrative, operational, clinical, quality assurance/quality improvement, program development policies, and direct oversight of accreditation activities.

Rich has held numerous leadership and board director positions which include South Carolina Youth Workers Association Board of Directors (2003 – 2004), NASW – South Carolina Chapter Board of Directors in which he served as Vice President (2007 – 2008), and Small Business Council Board of Directors, York County Regional Chamber of Commerce (2013 – 2015).

In 2013, Mr. Schlauch was honored for his community and business achievements and received York County Regional Chamber of Commerce Small Business Achiever Award (2012). He is a member of NASW (2000 – Present) and Lifetime Member of Psi Chi, The National Honor Society in Psychology.

Rich received his BA in Psychology from Winthrop University and earned his MSW with a concentration in Macro/Social Work Administration from the University of South Carolina. He is licensed in NC and SC as a clinical social worker and has been engaged in clinical practice since 1997. Rich is a Certified Clinical Supervisor (NASW, 2007 – Present) and has provided clinical supervision to provisional LCSWs and LPCs licensees to achieve full independent licensure.

Mr. Schlauch is often sought after as an expert to present on topics such as treatment of anxiety, mood disorders, ADHD, positive parenting, and advocating for mental illness. Rich enjoys working with adults to overcome personal and professional challenges and is available for life, business, and executive coaching.


Schlauch, R., & Wolfer, T. A. (2008). Dying on time. In T. A. Wolfer & V. M. Runnion, Dying, death and bereavement in social work practice: Decision cases for advanced practice. New York: Columbia University Press.