I am a professional educator and mental health provider who understands and responds to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. I work with students to improve behaviors which require attention, teach and practice appropriate behaviors, and implement coping strategies when applicable. Counseling is a tool that helps students and families achieve academic and life success. I collaboratively engage all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help students.
Counseling is multi-faceted in that it approaches people based on their individual needs and expands from there. School counseling includes guidance instruction, social skills development, relationship enhancement (peers, parents, and adults), goal setting, decision making, and other essential life skills. I utilize play therapy, which means I engage students in interactive activities which apply children’s natural communication and learning modality—play. Through play, children express themselves (both good and bad emotions), creative thinking and natural exploration are stimulated, and children practice and enhance survival skills. While middle school students prefer to talk rather than engage in play therapy, I follow their lead to help them resolve the issues they are facing.
I am excited to share that I am working with the school full-time this year! That means I am here every school day, Monday – Friday!