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March 2019 – Counselor of the Month – Cass Mitchell – MA, LCPC

Cass Mitchell – MA, LCPC

“She’s fantastic. As a clinician she’s handled some very challenging cases. She is skilled, compassionate, and very adept at creative approaches to help clients who might otherwise struggle to make progress.” – Kim Cook, MSW, MA, LCSW-C, CEO

Cass is a graduate from Bowie State University with a Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Valley Forge Christian College. She is a member of the American Counseling Association and has training in child-centered play therapy. She enjoys working with children, adolescents, and adults on a variety of issues including anxiety, depression, trauma, anger, relationship issues, and spiritual growth.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I am a pastors wife with two wonderful kids. I was raised as an only child (two older half siblings 16 and 14 years older from mom). Raised in a primarily non Christian home. I was a Tomboy at heart and played with all the neighborhood boys and liked to build forts and play video games. I was a latch key kid and went to daily summer camp where I learned swimming, horseback riding and tennis. I earned the credentials to become a lifeguard. Occasionally I would volunteer at my moms job (she was a nursing home nurse) and starting in 11th grade-mid college it was my summer job to be a lead volunteer earning a stipend. I went to valley forge Christian college (now valley forge university) earning summa cum laude, earning a bachelors in psychology. I got married in 2008 and became heavily involved with the youth group that my husband started. During that time also worked retail and attended Bowie state university earned a masters in counseling psychology. I applied to CentrePointe Counseling straight out of internship with a LGPC and through my time at CentrePointe converted it to a LCPC.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I don’t have a lot of free time with two young babies, but when I get free time I try to work out at the gym, playing video games when I can (avid Zelda fan and Nintendo in general, and can hold my own in shooter games like call of duty and halo)

Where is your favorite place in the world?

Favorite place is cuddling with my kids sleeping on me, however I adore a nice Caribbean vacation sitting on the beach.

What’s the last book you read?

The Bible?? I have never been a strong reader. Barring “chickachicka boom boom,” which I read 3 times yesterday to my son, probably “Unashamed” by Christine Caine.

What’s your favorite movie?

Too many. I have “The Lion King” memorized by heart, line for line. I often speak and relate to others in movie quotes. I like most Chris Nolan films and most anything with Denzel. I also adore Phantom of the Opera (all movie versions, saw the play twice and read the book twice)

What’s your favorite meal?

Probably corned beef. Good ole Irish meal.

Who inspires you?

Jesus for everything and in every way. My mother in law for her fervent commitment to missions, a lady in my church for her prayer life, my dad for being one of my biggest sources of pain as a child but also one of my biggest inspirations of a changed life. Also his career and financial success. Various clients in their ability to overcome life hardship.

Use only three words to describe yourself:

Compassionate, kind, stubborn

What inspired you to become a counselor?

I learned at a young age to be a good listener to the pain of others. When it came time for college, I chose psychology due to sheer curiosity of how people think, and because nothing else appealed to me. Becoming a counselor shaped as I received my education.

What’s your favorite part of being a counselor?

Watching the transformation of others.

What’s the hardest part about being a counselor?

Rejection or the client getting angry with me, the stress of suicidal clients.

What was your proudest moment as a CPC Counselor?

Proudest moment has occurred a few times. It has been when I feel a client has met all goals and been a true success and has had radical life change or growth.

Use only three words to describe CentrePointe Counseling:

Mission oriented, compassionate and unconditional

 

You can read more details about Cass’ office locations and professional background here!

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