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April 2018 Counselor of the Month

Carolyn Buresh – MS, LCPC

“Carolyn is an excellent clinician and supervisor and she has dedicated herself to enriching the lives of her clients and colleagues. She gives fully of herself to her work as a counselor and has been a constant resource to other therapists in helping them with both their clinical and administrative challenges. She demonstrates a humble and teachable spirit and a drive to improve herself, both personally and professionally. She possesses great empathy in her work with clients and her interaction with other colleagues. We are truly blessed to have her in a leadership position on our team!” – Matthew F. Raeder, MSW, LCSW-C, Clinical Director

Carolyn enjoys serving a multicultural, multiethnic clientele presenting a variety of concerns including anxiety, depression, cultural adjustment, stage of life issues, premarital topics, and relational/marital health. She currently works primarily with adult clients–both individuals and couples–to resolve short-term difficulties and gain insight into underlying dynamics. Carolyn’s literature, science, and pastoral social science backgrounds provide a rich basis from which to understand client perspectives.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I’ve lived in Maryland all my life except for a 4-year stint in Germany when I was a child. I went to UMCP and later did my grad work at Loyola University Maryland. I was a Terp athlete, and I met my husband in the main campus dining hall in College Park. I am the oldest of three kids, and my husband and I have three kids. My husband and I are celebrating 30 years of marriage this April!

How do you like to spend your free time?

I love to walk, read, write, bake, and knit and crochet.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Oddly enough, I’d have to say Frankfurt, Germany. It isn’t beautiful but I associate it with rich childhood memories and great freedoms.

What’s the last book you read?

Becoming Myself: A Psychiatrist’s Memoir by Irvin Yalom

What’s your favorite movie?

That is just too hard to answer! A recent favorite is Silver Linings Playbook.

What’s your favorite meal?

I love food too much to answer that!

Who inspires you?

Rebecca Chamaa of ajourneywithyou.com. She is the most amazing woman. She works through her schizophrenia daily and writes such personal and insightful pieces about her experience. She is also a follower of Jesus who is intentional about serving others. You might want to check out her stunning book Pills, Poetry, and Prose. I couldn’t help myself and read it twice in a row after it arrived even though I was supposed to be packing for our vacation.

Use only three words to describe yourself:

Curious, Creative, Introverted

What inspired you to become a counselor?

Ahem, well, probably trying to understand some dynamics in my own family. Also: reading Irvin Yalom’s book Love’s Executioner.

What’s your favorite part of being a counselor?

I love to hear and enter into the stories of others. People always make sense if you listen well.

What’s the hardest part about being a counselor?

I think it has to be the administrative part of the job. It is tedious.

What was your proudest moment as a CPC Counselor?

I felt super excited and proud when I was promoted to become a supervisor.

Use only three words to describe CentrePointe Counseling:

Collaborative, Supportive, Outstanding


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