CAROLE GILMORE, MSMHC, LPC, CMHIMP, CCATP
Licensed Professional Counselor, Doctoral Candidate – Psychology, Adjunct Professor, Certified Daring Way Facilitator, Certified Nutritional and Integrative Medicine Mental Health Professional, Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional, Employee Assistance Specialist, Master Certified Emotional Transformation Therapist.
Why am I, counselor? There are so many reasons I wanted to be a counselor, but the one reason that makes the most sense to me is that I was chosen to be one. I often reflect on the verse “many are called but chosen are few.” I have worked jobs that ranged from a receptionist to a Senior Systems Analyst, and I am not sharing that to just run down my resume. I share it to demonstrate that I chose to do many of those things. Still, nothing called me more than the desire to help others.
My friends and family refer to me as "Google" or the "connector" piece to the puzzle because I have always had the gift of accessing and sharing resources with others. However, I can list all of my training and education as I am a self-proclaimed learning addict, but in everything I have learned, the thing I am most proud of is my ability to see people for their essence and not their worldly definition.
As a proud African-American woman, I am not saying I do not see color. What I am saying is I challenge myself in each waking moment to see more than just color, socioeconomic status, or education level. I want to embrace and appreciate an individual's essence. I want to connect with who you are, who you want to be, not who someone predefined you as. To me, when you can connect with someone on an authentic, empathetic, and compassionate level, race, sexual orientation, culture, etc., is not a requirement in the relationship; it is a bonus. Ultimately, we are at our very essence human, and as such, deserve to be heard, seen, and fulfilled.
Solution-focused, ETT, CBT, Positive Psychology, Christian and Secular based counseling,
Anxiety/Stress, Perfectionism, Shame Resilience, Self-awareness and acceptance