I am so excited to be your School Counselor here at BOLA. I am a huge advocate for mental health and am ready to make a long lasting positive impact on the students and community!
Once I graduated from Carl Sandburg Community High School, I continued my post-secondary education at Lewis University. After completing my 4 years with Lewis University, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Psychology. I then decide to continue my education with Lewis University and started their masters program in School Counseling. After 3 additional years, I graduated with a Master degree in School Counseling with my LPC. The reason I decided I wanted to go into mental health is because I noticed the impact it had on me and all my loved ones. I wanted to be able to help other and learn all about it. I deiced to work in a school because I want the youth to have a good understanding of mental health now so as they grow up they can make better decisions and help others.
When I am not at work I like to prioritize my mental health by doing the things I love. Theses things include: working out, being with friends/family, watching streaming networks, playing board/ video games, and traveling.
What does the School Counselor do?
Classroom guidance lessons
Small group counseling
Short-term individual counseling
Community resource referrals (including longer term therapy services)
Schoolwide programming (Red Ribbon Week, Kindness Week, College and Career Awareness Week, etc.)
Why do Students need a School Counselor?
Students learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.
Students who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior.
We know that stress can affect focus and learning, but its impact can be reduced with proven self-regulation strategies.
Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.