What was your path to becoming a provider?
Lots of internships and supervision hours! After completing 3000 hours of supervised experience, I passed my BBS board exams to become a Licensed MFT and LPCC. I worked for 5-years as a Case Manager, before taking time off to care for my own children. During this time, I became a Music Together Teacher and expanded my awareness of learning, connecting, and expressing through music. When my youngest daughter started kindergarten, I decided to pursue a multiple subject teaching credential. As a kindergarten teacher, I have found a passion for teaching and working with students. I am excited about becoming a provider, so that I can draw upon my therapy and teaching experience to support student towards meeting their goals.
Why are you passionate about helping students with learning differences?
As a public charter school teacher, I have watched students grow and thrive when their individual learning styles and needs are recognized and supported. I am a big believer in multiple intelligences and the importance of identifying areas of strength and utilizing these strengths to learn. I believe that students can become their own advocates when they are able to identify their unique learning needs and develop confidence in knowing that its okay to learn at their own pace, to ask for what they need, and to work towards their individual learning goals (not someone else's!). A learning difference doesn't mean you aren't capable of learning and mastering material. There are many different ways to learn and show understanding.
What would you say to someone who is very anxious about learning problems in school?
A learning problem can be reframed and made more manageable by setting specific goals and identifying what is needed to meet those goals. When we identify and utilize our personal strengths, we are better able to move forward. Anxiety is worry about the unknown. In therapy, we can learn ways to manage our feeling of anxiety by identifying ways of relaxing/calming our bodies, changing the way we think about anxiety provoking situations and reframing our emotional responses. It's important to examine the messages we tell our selves and challenge false beliefs by identifying our existing strengths.