I am just an ordinary 31 year old.

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I was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO and moved to Texas 7 years ago to teach precious little 1st graders in Spring, TX. Five years ago, I moved to a boys’ private school that has provided me with more laughs, love, and inspiration than I could have ever imagined. I decided that I must be 100% busy at all times so on top of my full time job, I went back to get my School Counselor master’s degree at the University of St. Thomas. I graduated from UST in Dec. 2014 with both my School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degrees. I am currently working on my LPC-intern license at a play therapy clinic in Katy, TX. Now, if that wasn’t enough I continue my love of dance, art, health, and fitness.
As of 2012, I was the very first school counselor at my school. I was excited and anxious and dedicated my blog to ease some of my stress, as I reflected on all of my successes and failures. Right now, I focus my blog on lesson and unit ideas for school counselors, private practice counselors, play therapists, etc. I also hope that I continue to instill a reflective nature within myself and this blog. I want to reflect on self-care, stress, health, fitness, and in general, living every day to the fullest. I originally started this blog out of frustration for the lack of information out there for new school counselors. I hope that this blog has evolved with me. I want new and veteran counselors alike to find help and comfort in my words, lessons, failures, and triumphs.

I have the most precious canine, Ocean, and he is the love of my life. While some people post pictures of their babies, I promise you will see more pictures of Ocean than you thought humanly possible. I was recently married to the most amazing person in this world, who make laugh until my cheeks hurt, encourages me until I think I’m Queen of the World, loves me until the ends of this Earth, and is truly the one I have been waiting my whole life for. I love the beach, the water, the sun, and anything that makes me think of Dewey Beach, DE (the most beautiful place in the world).

As for anything else about me. . . who knows, perhaps this will also develop as I move through this experience.

A Note to Readers:

The information shared on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not represent the view of the author’s employer or other professionals in the field. All identifying information of clients discussed on this blog will be withheld to protect their identity and client/counselor privileges.

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    1. Hey T.J.! Most of the notes in my mailbox are written on notebook paper. Most tell me the problem they are having and why they want my help. Others, especially from the littler ones, just have their name written on it.

  1. I LOVE your blog! I’ve been doing this for five years now and I’m constantly looking for new inspiration… I think I found it! If you don’t mind to share, I would like to have the template for the lesson that goes along with Giraffes can’t Dance. The bullying flip chart would be beneficial as well. Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂


    1. Sharon, I cannot claim the Giraffes Can’t Dance Lesson as my own. I found it on elementaryschoolcounseling.org. She has wonderful resources, as well. You will be able to find the handout over there. As for the bullying flipchart. I’m working on turning it into powerpoint right now.

  2. I have really enjoyed your page! I have gained so much from your lessons and adapted many as my own. I read a post about a lesson using the book, “The Power of Self-D” and now that I have the book, I can’t find the lesson! Was that one of your lessons? Thank you for sharing!!

    1. Cameasha, I’m glad you’ve found my blog helpful. Many of my lessons are adapted as well, no need to reinvent the wheel! The lesson on the power of Self-D wasn’t mind, but sounds interesting. Hope you have some luck finding it!

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