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Chicago | Assistant Professor,
Department of Counseling and Integrated Programs |
Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.)

Kesha S. Burch, Ph.D.



The goals of counselor education, indeed the demands of the counseling profession, dictate that students be prepared to think critically, act independently, and be attuned to cultural and individual differences. Like famed educator and psychologist Dewey, I believe learning that is personal and integrated into the counseling student’s life experience is more likely to reach professional standards of ethical, competent and compassionate practice. Khalil Gibran, philosopher and mystic states that if the teacher is wise “[s]he does not bid you enter the house of [her] wisdom, but rather leads you to the threshold of your own mind.” I seek to be an educator that connects students to their own source of inspiration for the counseling profession and resources them for a lifetime of fulfillment and ongoing learning as professional counselors.

One of the ways that I achieve meaningful learning experiences with students is to allow ample time for them to reflect on their learning and apply it to their own lives and experiences. I believe the retention and usefulness of knowledge is strengthened when students make a personal connection to the material. I encourage students to use themselves as examples when appropriate, and I assign reflection papers to achieve this goal. I authored a reflective practice curriculum for first-year counseling students and practicum trainees that is designed to foster cultural competence. Students in my classes may simultaneously feel nurtured and challenged. My assessment strategies emphasize students’ ability to apply, integrate, and evaluate counseling principles. While it is difficult to strike the right balance between more cerebral and personal learning experiences, I believe both are necessary to perpetuate excellence in the counseling profession.

My teaching is informed by over twenty-five years of experience as a therapist and professional counselor. My formative years of clinical practice were spent in community mental health and other community-based settings caring for clients with complex behavioral, social and multi-systemic needs. As a counselor, I use an integrative approach, combining the best of several evidenced based clinical practices and techniques, while drawing perspective from depth oriented psychodynamic and relational theories and culturally relevant forms of healing. My research and scholarship interests are strongly influenced by my clinical practice and teaching experiences. I investigate topics that exist in the intersection of culture and mental health with particular emphasis on the role of professional counselors and other mental health professionals in caring for the mental health needs of a diverse population. To any prospective students who may read this introduction, I look forward to having you in my classes.



  • Doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision, The Chicago School of Professional Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology, Northwestern University
  • Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, The University of Michigan
Past Experience Highlights

Past Experience Highlights

Assistant Program Director, Clinical Lecturer, Master of Arts in Counseling Program, The Family Institute at Northwestern University. Served as leader for clinical training functions in the department and developed curriculum for university supervision known as Reflective Practice Supervision.

Professional Memberships

Professional Memberships

  • American Counseling Association, Member
  • American Counseling Association, Midwest Region, Parliamentarian, (2020-21)
  • Association for Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Member
  • Association for Multicultural Counseling and Development, Ethics Committee Chairman, (2020-21)
  • Chi Sigma Iota, Delta Beta Sigma, Nu Upsilon Chapter, Faculty Advisor, (2019-2022)
  • Illinois Counseling Association, Member
  • Illinois Counseling Association, Parliamentarian 2022-23
  • Illinois Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
  • North Central Counselor Education and Supervision, Member
Select Publications

Select Publications

  • Burch, K. & Baptiste, D. (2023). Cultural self of the Therapist. In, Baptiste, D. & Gooden, A. (Eds). Black Women’s Mental Health. Cambridge University Press.
  • Burch, K., Nefos Webb, S., Thomas, D., Clark, A., Grimes, B. (2020). Ethical Implications of White Fragility in Counseling. Association of Multicultural Counseling and Development: Ethics Resource.
  • Baptiste, D. & Burch, K (2020). Women and leadership: Building community. In Clauss-Ehlers, C.S. (Ed.). Cambridge Handbook of Community Psychology.
  • Boyd, M. & Burch, K.S. (2019). Uncovering racial battle fatigue: Understanding the impact of everyday racism. In Pope, M., Gonzalez, M., Cameron, E. R., & Pangelinan, J. S. (Eds.) Social Justice and Advocacy in Counseling: Experiential Activities for Teaching. New York, NY: Routledge.
Select Presentations

Select Presentations

  • African American Same Race Counseling Relationships: Rewards and Opportunities. Education Session. American Counseling Association Conference. March 2021.
  • Educating Culturally Competent Counselors: The Needs of Students of Color. Education session at the North Central Association for Counselor Education and Supervision Omaha. Accepted. October 2020.
  • Artificial intelligence: Promise, bias, and cultural considerations for counselor education. Education Session at Association for Counselor Education and Supervision. September 2019.
Select Awards or Recognitions

Select Awards or Recognitions

  • Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society, Inducted 2015- The Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus
  • Diversifying Faculty in Illinois (DFI) Fellowship, 2014-2016- Illinois State Board of Higher Education
  • Distinguished Alumni of the Year, 2012- Northwestern University, Center for Applied Psychological and Family Studies- Counseling Program