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Counselors' Corner

Welcome to the Counselors' Corner. Please check back every month to learn more as Ms. Evelyn, Ms. Aiello, and Ms. Kaslow address and explore topics that are currently top-of-mind. This month, you can read about how to finish strong as we approach the end of the school year.

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  • Mental Health Awareness Month

    Dear Families,

    Now that the month of May is underway, we want to bring your attention to an important initiative: Mental Health Awareness Month. This annual observance is dedicated to raising awareness around mental health, reducing the stigma, and fostering a supportive environment for individuals facing mental health challenges. As counselors at York Prep, we believe it is crucial to involve families in this conversation and work together to support the well-being of our students.
    The purpose of Mental Health Awareness Month is to promote open and honest discussions about mental health and to emphasize the importance of mental well-being for everyone. By bringing this topic to the forefront, we can create a community where seeking help is seen as a sign of strength, and where individuals feel supported and understood.
    Why is it important to have continued conversations at home around mental health? The home environment plays a crucial role in shaping a young person's mental health. By having ongoing conversations about mental health, parents can help their children build resilience, develop coping strategies, and feel comfortable seeking support when needed. These conversations also foster a deeper understanding and empathy within the family, creating an environment where mental health is valued and prioritized.
    Here are a few tips and strategies to consider when discussing mental health at home:
    1.  Create a safe space: Encourage open and non-judgmental communication. Let your child know that they can approach you with any concerns or questions they may have about their mental well-being.
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Counselors' Corner

Meet the York Prep Counseling and Wellness Team
Evelyn Rowe-Cosentino

Evelyn Rowe-Cosentino is a psychotherapist licensed as a Creative Arts Therapist and certified as a group psychotherapist and mother-daughter coach. She has a private practice in the heart of New York City where she also serves as a clinical consultant to the Alvin Ailey dance company and facilitates workshops on adolescent development.
Ms. Rowe-Cosentino received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from St. Joseph’s College and her Master’s degree from New York University. She is trained in Psychoanalysis, Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), and Trauma focused therapy which includes treatment with first responders and children and families following our country’s tragedy on 9-11.
Ms. Rowe-Cosentino has over 30 years of clinical experience working with children, adolescents, young adults and families. Her areas of expertise are depression, anxiety, ADHD, childhood trauma, substance abuse, and family systems work, with extensive experience working on both inpatient and outpatient psychiatric units with severely mentally ill patients.
Ms. Rowe-Cosentino is a seasoned clinician who provides her students with a warm, welcoming and safe place to thrive. She is a working mother who cherishes her time with her family.  She also practices yoga and Pilates in her downtime and enjoys the outdoors.   
Elizabeth Aiello

Elizabeth Aiello is native to the New York City area. She is a passionate educator in the field of mental health and student support services. Ms. Aiello received her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Hispanic Studies at Connecticut College and her Master's Degree in Clinical Social Work at Columbia University. Since 2013, Ms. Aiello has been a social worker and school counselor, mindfully leading students, faculty, and parents through personal and school-based challenges. Throughout her career, Ms. Aiello has expanded her expertise in managing school crises, teaching restorative practices, establishing parent partnerships, and developing academic and behavioral interventions that meet the individual needs of the student. Ms. Aiello views counseling youth as her life's work, and believes education can be the avenue through which empathy, healing, and justice are promoted. Ms. Aiello threads her mission for human rights through her counseling, mentorship, and volunteer endeavors. Ms. Aiello spends her spare time with her new baby & husband taking many walks and enjoying all that New York has to offer.
Alison Kaslow

Alison Kaslow is a licensed psychotherapist in the state of New York, whom received her Master’s degree in clinical social work at Fordham University, and bachelor’s degree in communications from UMASS Amherst. She then completed a two-year post graduate training program at The Institute for Contemporary Psychotherapy, to become a certified family and couples therapist.

Throughout her career, Alison has been working with adolescents and youth in school settings all across New York City’s boroughs, including higher education. She also spent time working at a weight loss and wellness retreat in upstate New York, encouraging and supporting the intersection of physical and mental health. Alison has always had a passion for working and advocating for youth in the school environment, and sees it as a daily opportunity to support students in the moment.

Alison has an immense amount of gratitude for the individuals and families she works alongside, and looks forward to getting to know the York community! In her free time, she enjoys cooking, traveling, strolling the local farmers market, and spending time with her loved ones.