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by The Press and Standard | October 13, 2017 5:00 pm
Last Updated: October 11, 2017 at 12:36 pm
Lucius Fishburne’s career in counseling began with self-searching — an adventure that led from Walterboro to California to Australia, India, Pawleys Island and back home again. Like one of the most frequently quoted lines from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, “This above all: to thine own self be true,” has been Fishburne’s focus for the last 35 years.
Fishburne finished high school at Porter Gaud in Charleston and earned an undergraduate degree in English at The University of the South, at Sewanee, Tenn., followed by a brief stint in the Marine Corps at Quantico, Va.
Returning to Walterboro, Fishburne spent 12 years working with his father, the late L.G. Fishburne Sr., and then independently as a land developer and home builder. In the early 1980s the economy collapsed and “things came crashing down.”
At the same time, “my life was coming apart at the seams.” In 1982, Fishburne entered a treatment center in Charleston for alcohol and drug addiction. This 28-day treatment experience exposed him to the 12-Steps of Recovery which initiate sobriety. That recovery process was also the catalyst and inspiration for his passion for self-searching and stimulated the worldwide travel.
Upon returning to the states, over the next couple of decades Fishburne experimented with several opportunities that lent support to his recovery enthusiasm. These included becoming a real estate broker at Wild Dunes in the Isle of Palms and working as an addictions counselor at treatment centers, as well as working on a master’s degree in counseling at The Citadel Night College.
“Working in an alcohol and drug treatment setting was intense and emotionally taxing. I decided to look for something less critical,” he said. Fishburne moved to Pawleys Island where he was hired at Brookgreen Gardens as an interpreter and subsequently promoted to create and manage all tours, became curator of the Wildlife Park and manager of the Visitors Center. “I enjoyed my experience at Brookgreen Gardens where I could be more creative, enjoy the beauty of nature and art, and hopefully provide memorable experiences for the visitors. Ironically and in retrospect, the experience at Brookgreen was healing and opened the door for a renewed interest in counseling with a renewed perspective.”
Fishburne left Brookgreen to earn his master’s degree in counseling and then became a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). He bought an office in Pawleys Island to share with his wife, Lisa Rosof, a yoga therapist.
Fishburne’s practice, then and now, focuses on addiction recovery and relapse prevention as well as other life issues that may compromise the harmony of individuals and couples. “In my counseling practice, I listen to and assist people in finding healthy solutions and encourage skillful action. Generally, as a wise man once suggested, I think it’s not so much about what needs to be changed in the world and in others as about what needs to be changed in me and my attitudes. Therapeutically speaking, I find this to be a worthwhile goal.”
In August 2017, after deciding to leave Pawleys Island due to the devastation of their home from hurricane Matthew in 2016, the couple returned to Walterboro. They opened a counseling practice at 108 Walter Street. “My wife has always loved Walterboro. Moving here for her was a dream come true. For me, I was at first hesitant to leave the beach, but now am enjoying my hometown more with each passing day.”
For more information see his website: www.luciusfishburne.com or from his Psychology Today link at: https://therapists.psychologytoday.com/rms/prof_results.php?search=29488www.PsychologyToday.com.