School Counseling Features
I love being a school counselor! I graduated from The University of Iowa with a Bachelor's degree in Psychology. After working as a researcher there in developmental psych for a few years, I decided to take a leap of faith and move to Maine. I worked at The Leadership School in Midcoast Maine, fell in love with team building, and got my Masters in Counseling from USM. I now work at Mast Landing School in Freeport with grades 3,4 and 5, and feel as though I have found my true career passion.
Small Groups meet once a week for a total of 8 weeks during snacks, recesses, and lunches. Groups include 4-6 students.
Girls and Boys Social Skills/Friendship Group: Students play cooperation games, talk about how we are unique and interesting, how we convey interest in others, communication/listening skills, how to join a group, and conflict resolution skills.
Self-Expression/Family Change Group: Focus on appreciating our strengths, the relationships we have, and the things we do well. We develop positive thoughts and skills to cope when situations don’t go the way we want them to. Participants in this group may have undergone a transition in their family dynamic such as parental separation, divorce, remarriage, military overseas duty, family illness, loss, or other circumstances.
Worry/Stress Management Group: Intended for students who need or would like to work on reducing or managing feelings of stress or worry. The group may explore common triggers of stress and then build the skills to handle that area more effectively.
Anger Control: Anger is o.k.! It is what we DO with our anger that counts. Students will explore and understand feelings in order to manage their actions when angry.