Hello! and welcome to my page,
This upcoming year (2019-2020) will be my third year working as a school counselor here at Helena Middle School. I will be assigned to students in the 7th grade and students with the last names starting with L-Z in the 8th grade. I achieved my Masters of Education in Counselor Education at MSU- Northern in 2016. Before my time here at HMS, I was working as a school based mental health therapist in the Comprehensive School and Community Treatment (CSCT) program. In this capacity, I have earned my LCPC and have gained extensive experience in working with students struggling with mental health symptoms. In my time working in a school-based setting, I grew to love the school environment. I chose to be a school counselor because it gives me the opportunity to work with all students.
As a school counselor, my work with students will be within the following domains: social/emotional, academic and career. I will address these domains in the classroom setting, group or individually as needed. Students are referred to me to meet with individually by teachers, parents, students or themselves. The situations I work with take on a wide variety that range from: help with managing mental health symptoms, handling relationships with family and peers, or addressing academic concerns. I am also the 504 case manager for the students in my grade level.
My work with students and families comes from a very holistic approach, and throughout grad school I extensively studied gestalt theory. I view each student individually and acknowledge their inner selves and how they apply themselves within their environment. I believe that each person has the capacity to overcome their life obstacles. I view my role as being a tool to help guide students and help them achieve a greater sense of self and self-awareness. I am a strong believer in personal responsibility and encourage each individual to take responsibility for themselves, their success and their future. My relationship with each student is most important, and I have seen much growth take place within the counseling relationship alone.
I have grown up in Helena MT, and am excited to be in a position where I can give back to a community that has been a part of helping me grow. I am available to call by phone 406-324-1014 or by E mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please feel free to reach out with questions or concerns regarding your student or experience here at HMS.