Mrs. Miller-About Me
Certification Organizations and AffiliationsMaster of Science in Counselor EducationCanisius College; Buffalo, NYCertificate of Advanced Study in School CounselingCanisius College; Buffalo, NYState University of New York College at Buffalo; Buffalo, NYNew York State Certification in School Counseling K-12National Certified Counselor (NCC)
American School Counselor Association (ASCA)Chi Sigma Iota (National Society of Counseling Professionals)My Counseling Theory and PhilosophyMy approach to school-based counseling comes from a Cognitive-Behavioral stand point. Cognitive Behavioral theory states that a child's thoughts and perceptions about themselves and the world around them directly influences their feelings and their behaviors. Negative thoughts (I'm a failure, No one cares about me, I'm stupid) lead to feelings of depression, helplessness, and can ultimately hurt a child's self-esteem and self confidence. My counseling approach works toward identifying negative thoughts and perceptions in the child and changing them to more positive and optimistic patterns of thinking (I can be successful, My feelings do matter, I am important, I like who I am). With time and practice a child can alter their thinking patterns and become a more positive thinker. This will lead to a more confident and happier child.