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.
Anxiety can mean nervousness, worry, or self-doubt. Anxiety disorder is a mental health disorder that entails excessive, repeated bouts of worry, anxiety, and/or fear.
Refers relationship issues with a partner or spouse. Can include issues related to relationship distress, relationship satisfaction, communication, intimacy, etc.
Concerns that impact school performance or academic life. Can include perfectionism, bullying, financial stress, academic transitions, test anxiety, balancing school with other responsibilities, discrimination, or harassment.
ADHD (Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder) causes a hard time focusing attention and controlling restless or impulsive behavior. People with ADHD might have emotional outbursts, be forgetful, and/or find it difficult to stay organized.
Type of developmental disorder usually identified in childhood affecting a person’s ability to process and understand information. Typically impacts a specific learning area such as reading, writing, or math, and creates a challenging learning environment.
Designed to help people choose, change, or leave a career at any stage of life. Careers are often wrapped up in people’s perceived identity, therefore, any change can cause anxiety and/or depression.
Self-esteem is the degree to which a person feels confident, valuable, and worthy of respect. Feeling low self-esteem can influence overall well-being and be linked to anxiety and/or depression.
Adolescent mental health
Adolescent mental health focuses on adolescent-specific experiences including physical and cognitive development, social and environmental factors, sex, sexual identification and orientation, emotional processing, and substance use. Given the influence that parents/guardians have on adolescents, home life is a particularly important consideration.
Autism spectrum disorder
A developmental disability that impacts communication and behavior. Onset typically occurs during early childhood, but an individual may be diagnosed at any point in life. Severity of the disorder varies along a spectrum. Accordingly, challenges associated with verbal and nonverbal communication, interpersonal interactions, and restricted/repetitive behaviors vary as well.
An ongoing effort to harm someone, physically or emotionally, based on perceived weakness. Commonly associated with childhood but can occur at any age. Could also take the form of sexual harassment or gossip.
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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