My official title at Oliverian School is Counselor, and I will have the role of a mental health counselor. I was drawn to Oliverian because of its welcoming vibe, community, and sense of belonging that I felt from the very beginning. The environment that Oliverian offers is unique from anywhere I have worked. It offers a beautiful backdrop of nature, with all its elements, and the opportunity to counsel and mentor students in a multitude of settings that are not predefined as a therapeutic environment.
I earned my BA in Psychology from Florida International University and both my Master of Science in Developmental Disabilities and Master of Science in Mental Health Counseling from Nova Southeastern University.
I have always had a passion for helping people. My past work experience has included teaching students with exceptional and different abilities, teaching adult students – consisting of mostly students that have not had much success in mainstream academic environments and teaching General Psychology and Human Growth and Development as a college adjunct. I have counseled individuals, as young as three years of age, who have experienced and been diagnosed with anxiety, depression, OCD tendencies, ADHD, Autism, traumatic experiences, and many other mental health challenges.
In my free time, I love to be outdoors: hiking, kayaking, stargazing, moongazing, adventuring, and traveling as often as I can. I am a writer, I enjoy reading, crafts, painting, and spending time with my dogs, family, and friends. I am a previous rugby player and I enjoy playing basketball. I have lived near the beautiful beaches of South Florida to the swampy rivers of North Florida, and I am happy to be able to enjoy all the beautiful seasons, mountains, and scenery New Hampshire has to offer. Fun Fact: I worked at Disney as a pirate.
What do you love most about Oliverian?
When I first contacted Oliverian, I felt welcomed and like I belonged to a family of diverse backgrounds. I was drawn to Oliverian’s celebration of unique abilities and its community approach. Each member of Oliverian’s team has shared their values in recognizing students’ strengths and providing a safe space for personal growth.
What motivates you to work with kids?
Working with teenagers is like going on an adventure, where every day is a learning experience. I enjoy guiding students to see past their potential, providing a safe space for personal growth, guiding without judgment, and being the person, I know many of my peers and I needed during adolescence. Witnessing students become more motivated about their personal growth, physical and mental health, and seeing their unique spark in life, keeps me motivated to continue to help children and to be a part of a team that strives to do the same.