District Mental Health Clinician…hmmm…what does that mean?
I am here to support the mental health of our students and district. The majority of my time will be serving students (and families) through direct service, case collaboration, and case management. I’ll be a support to staff for education, consultation, and resource referrals. Also, I will be working with community providers for wrap-around support for individual cases, community events, group offerings, and mental health crisis preparation. This is a foundation-building year and I will be visiting other school districts with in-house mental health providers to bring current best practices to our district.
It Takes a Village!
I am housed within the Social/Emotional Professional Learning Community here at Estes Park School District. Existing services within the district include but are not limited to Restorative Practices, Special Education Services, ELL support, social/emotional education, and more. We will help each student find the support they need through our services within the district or outside within our community.
Tell us about you…
I am a professional that believes in the empowerment of youth to create meaningful change in this world. As a Mental Health Practitioner, I view students and clients from an intentional integrative eclectic lens; utilizing humanism, brief/solution focus, motivational interviewing, trauma-focus, and creative mindfulness practices. I earned both my Masters of Education in Counseling and Career Development Program and my Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Women’s Studies at Colorado State University. Go Rams! Previous career steps include School Counselor at Estes Park High School and a Family Coach with the nonprofit Specialized Alternatives for Families and Youth (SAFY). I am a mental health and education specialist embedded and invested in the Estes Valley Community. I was born and raised in Grand County, Colorado and am glad to call this beautiful valley “over the hill” home. You can find me in my off time with my partner and our two dogs searching for geocaches in the mountains.
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