I conducted a research study to show how the relationships of teachers can affect learning for students with learning disabilities in reading. The results of the study reinforced my belief that positive relationships can aid in learning. The study also showed that relationships of other personnel can also aid in the learning process: the support provided by other personnel in addition to the primary teacher can also benefit the progress of students. This showed me how important all relationships are to academic, work, and interpersonal success. In addition, I incorporate research-based techniques like mindfulness, relaxed breathing, and journaling into my practice.
As a young adult, I discovered that people were comfortable talking to me about challenges they were having. As a young teacher, I could see how the interactions that teachers, students, and parents had with children, and each other, could affect outcomes for students, especially students with special needs. I also noticed how the relationships that colleagues had with students, with one another, and with parents could help or hinder processes for helping students to learn academically and socially. I realized how important and powerful it is to develop and use positive interpersonal skills for emotional well being as well as for academic, career and relationship success.
Success in therapy looks like building a better image, a better version of yourself! Therapeutic progress will mean better relationships with others, improved communication skills, and a deeper understanding of oneself. Success can be determined when the goals that the therapist and clients have set are being achieved, and clients can tell that they have improved. Clients who have successfully learned new skills in therapy will have the confidence to use those skills and apply them to many areas of their lives.
Adolescent mental health
Autism spectrum disorder
Caregiver stress & support
College & graduate student issues
Young Adults (18-24)
Texas Teacher Certificate: School Counselor, Special Education Counselor, Special Education Teacher
Certified Clinical Telemental Health Provider (CTMH) Training
Certified Clinical Anxiety Treatment Professional (CCATP) Training
TX, LPC, 10295
NY, LMHC, 012061
EdD, Educational Leadership, Sam Houston State University
MEd, Elementary Counseling and Guidance, Northwestern State University of Louisiana
BA, Elementary Education/Special Education, Northeast Louisiana University (now University of Louisiana at Monroe
I began my professional career as a fourth-grade teacher a semester before teaching as a special educator, working with students with a diagnosis of emotional disturbance. I have 13 years of experience as a school counselor and contract therapist, with 19 years of experience as a special educator. While working with both the general education students, then the students with special needs, I found myself working closely with parents, teaching assistants, and other teachers to promote success with the students. I began my master’s degree in counseling to work with students as a school counselor when I saw the need to develop my own skills to support the emotional needs of students. I have also worked with students with special needs with learning disabilities, autism, and ADHD. My work has vacillated between teaching special needs children, serving as a school counselor, and providing counseling services to individuals in a clinical setting. I have worked with children at the elementary, middle school, and high school level, as well as post high school age students and adults. My experiences in working as a special educator and as a counselor/therapist have provided me with opportunities to work with and understand individuals with a variety of needs, and to help them in communicating and adapting to living and working with others.
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