Central Texas Professional Counseling

Carolyn Burleson

MA, MS, LCDC, LPC, CCTP, MAC

burlesoncounselor@gmail.com

Practice Specialties

I have experience working with clients of all ages including children, adolescents and adults. In addition, I have experience working with families, couples and addiction recovery.



My Counseling Approach

I believe that everyone has the capacity for growth and change. I begin by developing a trusting relationship in which the pace of therapy is set in a collaborative way. Next, we create a plan to achieve goals by understanding you, your environment, and your desires. I embody a compassionate curiosity about each client and believe that every person has the ability to be the author of their own story. I frequently use a variety of techniques to support my clients. Together, we decide what tools work best. I believe in understanding the role that culture and sexual identity plays in all people, while understanding the importance of empowerment and positive affirmations. Lastly, I feel that client feedback is one of the keys to successful therapy.

Neuroscience behind mental illness and addiction
Trauma, Abuse, PTSD (Certified Clinical Trauma Professional),
Addiction Recovery (Master Addiction Counselor)
Couples Therapy (specializing in affairs, complex couples)
Group therapy Domestic Violence Intervention prevention program facilitation (Duluth Model)
Gottman Method, Level 1,2 & 3, Couples and Addiction Recovery, Working with Complex Couples, Seven Principles Gottman Educator
Specialized training working with individuals and families within the criminal justice system or with criminal records

My Education

I am an Licensed Professional Counselor, Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor, a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Master Addiction Counselor. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal Justice from Texas Woman’s University, a master’s degree in criminal justice from Tarleton State University, and a master’s degree in counseling from Southern Methodist University. I am currently pursuing a PhD in counselor education and supervision.


Family Play Therapy
Family Therapy
EMDR, Mindfulness, DBT
Adolescents and Adults
Crisis intervention


Grief recovery
Sexual Assault & Domestic Violence
LGBTQ Affirmation Therapy
Mental illness
Veteran’s Services