Your Position: Mental Health Counselor at Sequoia Elementary school
What led you to your current position: It has always been my passion to provide care for those who perceive as ones that "can't be helped." After working with youth leaving the juvenile justice system I was looking for an opportunity with the same goal of helping those no matter the circumstance. In my move back to northern California, a friend told me of Seneca and their model of Unconditional education and care that caught my eye.
Fun Fact/Quote: "feelings are for the soul what food is for the body." -Rudolf Steiner
What does your average day look like: I work in a Counseling Enriched Classroom at Sequoia Elementary with seven kids, in which I provide unconditional care and am available as a resource and support to the students. I work with the students on building their social emotional needs and prepare them to transition to a less restrictive classroom by providing a safe environment for the students to express themselves and help to meet their needs. My favorite place to be is in the garden we created for the students to have a sanctuary and a space to have some hands on sensory activities. A day can be anything from supporting a student in a mainstream classroom, facilitating a classroom activity, engaging in self-reflections with students so that they are mindful of their actions and behaviors, creating a safety plan to support the success of students at school, or even making smoothies with them!
Why do you do this work: I have always wanted to work with children by providing safety and support for them so that they are comfortable to express themselves. I have worked with youth in many different capacities and contexts, and being a mental health counselor particularly interested me because of the idea of giving students extra support in a classroom so that they have a stronger foundation to grow and transition to another classroom. From working with the students at my school, I can see how having support that connects school to home is truly beneficial.