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May 2018 Counselor of the Month

Kathy Wu – MA, LGPC

“On numerous occasions, Kathy has gone above and beyond in her support of the ministry of CentrePointe.  Recently, she has made connections and obtained business donations for the agency that will further our efforts in reaching those unable to pay for counseling services. Kathy is always willing to help a colleague and take on extra tasks to support the team.  I am confident that the same generous spirit is displayed in the counseling room and blesses her clients as well. – Kim Cook, MSW, MA, LCSW-C, CEO

Kathy is a graduate of the University of Maryland with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and a graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with a Master of Arts in Counseling. She is a licensed graduate professional counselor with the state of Maryland. Kathy’s experience mainly includes anxiety/worry, depression, bipolar disorder, addiction, grief, relationships, anger, suicide/self-harm, spirituality, and stress. She is also well-versed in Asian culture and can help those who encounter challenges related to cultural and language barriers. Kathy currently serves in the Olney office.

Tell us a little about yourself:

I was born in Virginia, moved to Maryland in middle school, and stayed through college as a UMCP Terp Psychology major. I then went on to get my M.A. in counseling at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, first in North Carolina but finished and graduated in Massachusetts. I returned to Maryland soon after, married my husband in 2014, and we have a baby daughter. We spent the first few years of our married life traveling to some fun places such as the Grand Canyon, Los Angeles, NYC, and Orlando.

How do you like to spend your free time?

I enjoy music, writing, knitting/crocheting, rock climbing, and, most of all, being active outdoors.

Where is your favorite place in the world?

If I had to pick just one, I think I’d pick Hawaii, where I imagine some of the best beaches are.

What’s the last book you read?

Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child

What’s your favorite movie?

For a long time, it was Liar Liar where I fell in love with Jim Carrey’s humor. A more recent favorite is Allied.

What’s your favorite meal?

I love anything with potato in it.

Who inspires you?

My maternal grandmother inspires me. While in Korea with my mom several years ago, I learned what she went through during the Korean War to escape and survive with all five of her kids by herself. Her husband never returned from war, and so she became a single mom, even adopted another kid, and lived long enough to immigrate to the U.S. and help raise my brother and me too, along with two of my cousins.

Use only three words to describe yourself:

Introspective, Quiet, and Gentle

What inspired you to become a counselor?

I was shocked and heartbroken to learn in college that the U.S. divorce rate was 50%. It was initially the desire to fight this divorce rate, but I also had a general desire help people learn healthy ways to deal with life’s problems, especially with personal relationships.

What’s your favorite part of being a counselor?

It’s when I see clients experience the fruit of their efforts to change for the better and become increasingly motivated to keep up their work.

What’s the hardest part about being a counselor?

The hardest part for me probably is finding the best way to connect with each client, because everybody is different and it’s not a one-size-fits-all method.

What was your proudest moment as a CPC Counselor?

It’s probably the time I was able to temporarily fill in at the administrative office, during a major time of transition for the agency, while still being a part-time counselor and expecting to be a first time mom.

Use only three words to describe CentrePointe Counseling:

Friendly, Effective, Unique

 

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