Breaking The Stigma Of Counseling
For as long as I can remember, I, Minh Bui, have always been the person who my friends went to for advice. I have always known I wanted to help others, so I attended UNC Charlotte and received my Bachelor degrees in Sociology and Psychology. My plan was to always turn my passion into a reality. It was not until I went through a difficult situation in my life that I realized exactly what I was meant to do.
In 2008, I was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. I battled cancer throughout my twenties. The feeling of being alone, and not having anyone who truly understood me, taught me that I never wanted anyone else to feel the way that I did. I went back to UNC Charlotte and received my Masters in Mental Health Counseling, with a focus in grief and loss.
For my first job, I worked for a small agency where I did some in-home therapy visits. In the Fall of 2015, I started working for a small practice where I did outpatient therapy, before I joined L & B Counseling in the Fall of 2016. I have been blessed to work in environments where I have had the opportunity to work with a diverse population of all ages on various different issues. I have gained experience in working with individuals, couples, and families. I provide therapy for children ages 7 and up, adolescents, and adults. I have experience working with anxiety, depression, self-esteem issues, grief and loss, and life’s stressors.
I am Vietnamese and spent my childhood growing up in Cologne, Germany and moved to the States with my 2 younger sisters in 1996. I love the diversity of people, culture, and different foods. Having grown up in the city, I moved away from a small town in North Carolina to the Queen City when I started college, and have called Charlotte my home since the summer of 2003. During my spare time, I enjoy spending time with family and friends. I love to cook and eat. I have learned over the years how therapeutic cooking can be for me. To take care of myself, I love to crochet, I enjoy running, and doing yoga to help me meditate and relax, while incorporating essential oils into my daily life. I describe myself as a “homebody” so I enjoy quiet evenings at home with my fiancé and my dog. I love to travel with my fiancé, and taking my dog on walks at the park or hiking. If I didn’t live in the city, I would be where the ocean is. The beach is where I find comfort. I am also a huge Carolina Panthers fan and therefore football Sunday’s are what I live for in the Fall.
My approach in therapy is that you do not have to face life’s challenges by yourself. I will be there next to you to walk with you on your journey. I do my best to provide unconditional support, warmth, empathy, and understanding by providing you a safe and non-judgmental environment. I believe in using different types of therapeutic approaches in therapy since I believe everyone is different. I utilize Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy, Reality Therapy, Solution-Focused Therapy, while remaining Person-Centered to help you recognize your strengths. I use different tools to help you learn the skills to help you cope with life’s stressors. I also believe in the importance of self-care as a part of your well-being. I hope to instill hope and positivity into your life.
-Certified Grief Counseling Specialist (CGCS)
Trainings I have attended in 2020:
– Counseling Grief clients certification training: functional interventions for everyday use
-David Kessler on healing grief: finding comfort after death, divorce, and betrayal