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Ep40: Consult a Counselor

by Vanessa De Jesus Guzman
September 23rd 2021

The “Consult a Counselor Series” is a segment of the Free to Be Mindful podcast, which answers parenting related questions to help caregivers live life mindfully. 

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you're listening to the free to be mindful podcast which provides bite sized tips for busy parents, educators and anyone working with kids. These real talk conversations focus on mindful living, mental health and personal growth, helping all to learn, grow and inspire with mindfulness in mind. I'm your host Vanessa to jesus Guzman educator, licensed professional counselor, entrepreneur and mom, I'm passionate about helping folks live life with peace of mind and ease of heart while not losing their well, you know, here we go. Hi and welcome back to the consultant counselor series. In this series, I answer parenting related questions so that you can be present in arie's with your child and live life mindfully. Today's question is my child seems to need additional help. Should I talk to his school counselor or should I get a therapist outside of school?

Well, that's a great question and if you weren't already aware, I am a school counselor and a licensed therapist. So having experienced in both fields, I'm going to shed some light about what's the difference between the two and what steps you should take if your child needs further assistance. So in the school counseling realm, your goal is always to make sure that you are helping kids with the academic end goal in mind. And that doesn't mean to have all kids earn a's, what that does mean is that we want to make sure that we are doing what we can to help kids so that they can function and concentrate in class. If a child is experiencing trouble concentrating if they're experiencing troubles with your teachers or with peers, if they need more help on organization. If they need assistance on knowing what else is out there and what they should be doing now in order to meet their career and life goals, that's everything that falls into the realm of school counseling now.

School counselors do also speak to kids about coping skills and skills and strategies that they can implement when they're experiencing anxious feelings or in their experiencing emotional distress or intense feelings of sadness. But if you notice, I didn't use the words anxiety or depression or anything of that sort and that's because school counselors cannot diagnose and they can still speak to their school counselor about school related things. But at that point you do want to seek a licensed therapist in order to better help your child with an uninterrupted time on a weekly basis that they can really learn what they need to learn not only to do well in school, but just to do well in life in general. So I hope that helped. If you think that this could help a mom, dad or caregiver friend, be sure to share it with them and subscribe to my podcast so that you don't miss the next one. And if you have a question for the consultant counselor series, you can always email me at hello at free to be mindful dot com or dM me on instagram at counselor v to jesus and remember in a world where you are free to be, anything that you want to be, you are always free to be mindful.

Thanks so much and catch you next time.

Ep40: Consult a Counselor
Ep40: Consult a Counselor
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