Mrs. Miller-About Me

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    Education
     Certification  Organizations and Affiliations
    Master of Science in Counselor Education
    Canisius College; Buffalo, NY
     
    Certificate of Advanced Study in School Counseling
    Canisius College; Buffalo, NY
     
    Bachelor of Science in Psychology
    State University of New York College at Buffalo; Buffalo, NY
    New York State Certification in School Counseling K-12
     
    National Certified Counselor (NCC)

     
    American School Counselor Association (ASCA)
    Chi Sigma Iota (National Society of Counseling Professionals) 
                  
     
     
     
    My Counseling Theory and Philosophy
    My 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.