The Counselor Stop

The Counselor Stop

Happy Monday everyone! A while back I talked about how there was a new look and name coming for counseloretc. Well, that time has arrived!

I have officially transitioned from this site, to my own site, The Counselor Stop. This site should directly forward on to The Counselor Stop, but I know there have been some hiccups along the way. I would hate for you to miss out on the new-age of counseloretc., my posts, articles, tips, tricks, advice, etc.

How To. . .subscribe to The Counselor

All new posts will be published through The Counselor Stop. If you would like to receive these updates directly to your email follow these simple steps:

  1. Visit The Counselor Stop via on your favorite web browser. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.08.13 AM
  2. You will come to the home page which should look like this: Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.08.06 AM
  3. Scroll down just a bit to find the “Subscribe to Blog Via E-mail” section in the right hand sidebar. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.10.40 AM
  4. Type in your e-mail address and hit subscribe.                      Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.10.47 AM
  5. You may think you are done, but you are not. Now you have to confirm your subscription.Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.13.20 AM
  6. SO now, login into your e-mail account and check your e-mail for something from The Counselor Stop. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.14.43 AM
  7. Click “Confirm to Follow” Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.15.19 AM
  8. It will take you to this page to show you that you are now following The Counselor Stop. You can even click on the blue hyperlink to send you straight to the page. Screen Shot 2015-04-27 at 9.16.09 AM
  9. Voila! Done . . . . and I promise I don’t ever bombard your inboxes. Pinkie promise!

I would love to have you following The Counselor Stop! Your support is how I now have the opportunity to grow my site and business. I truly couldn’t have done it without you. So, PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE continue this joinery with me. P.S. if you already follow this blog, you should be okay. I think (I’m no computer genius) I have everyone successfully transferred to my new site to receive updates. If you don’t receive my new post tomorrow, follow the steps above.

There are currently 3 ways to follow The Counselor Stop (formerly counseloretc.):

  1. Through e-mail updates . . . directions above.
  2. On Facebook. Like my page The Counselor Stop. I will post all new and old articles there along with little extras you can’t get anywhere else!
  3. Or on Pinterest where you can pin your favorite links, lessons, and articles to share with friends around the globe.

I look forward to your continued support. You all are super awesome!


Why I Turned Down The Opportunity of a Lifetime . . .

I recently read an article in Psychology Today that talked about reinventing yourself. It hit home  . . .

True to form, I am just as reactive to situations as any good six year old boy. I see it every day, I’m asked about it everyday . . . how do we get student A to start thinking and stop being so impulsive? In these situations, I have all sorts of tricks and ideas as to why these students are impulsive, how to get them to stop acting and start thinking, but when it comes to myself  . . . . when the going gets tough, I have a horrible track record of jumping ship.


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Fresh Start

We started our 2013-2014 school year last week and some things have changed!

There were many things I wanted to change about my program throughout last year. Instead of getting overwhelmed, I jotted down all my “enhances” (we shall call them that instead) and decided I’d started these enhances this year. Read more


One Year Down . . .

Well, I made it through my first year of being a school counselor. 7 years in education total, wow!

photo(9)It wasn’t easy in the least bit. Not my best year, and definitely not my worst. I think sometimes at the end of the year after all the stressors, everyone’s opinions about my effectiveness, and my uncertainty about whether or not I made a difference, all I can do is focus on the negative aspects of my year. I felt unappreciated, I felt the teachers didn’t understand the base I was giving the children to become effective in later years, I wanted to see results, and I had to constantly remember that in counseling you give the tools and may never see the “fruit” of your work. A frustrating year, yes! A year to learn from, YES! Read more


Self-Esteem Quilt

There are so many things that have surprised me about counseling this year. How often I’m needed, how much the boys love coming to me, how many times the boys can tell me they’ve had lunch bunch, how many times I see boys doing exactly what my textbooks told me they’d be doing, how often I’d actually have parents thanking me . . . I could probably write an entire post about all the things that have surprised me.

But NOTHING surprised me more than the amount of boys I’ve seen who struggle with self-esteem issues. I thought this was primarily a “girl” issue. Yes, I know  . . . way to be sexist, way to hold misconceptions, way to totally miss that by 3rd grade (even though I spent most of my teaching years in this grade) boys are becoming hard on themselves, embarrassed by most things, insecure about their decisions, the list goes on! I’m ashamed to even admit it. Read more


Kindergarten + Feathers = Fun

This is what happens when you combine 4 Kindergartners and 2 feather boas.

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The Courage to Be Imperfect

When attending the TCA conference back in October, I bet you can guess the #1 session that caught my attention?

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