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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 deal with bullying.

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  • Safeguarding your Mental Health Over the Holidays

    Dear York Prep Community,
     
    Society often evokes a lot of messages around the holidays being “the most wonderful time of the year,” and although it may be full of joy, it can also bring up a lot of difficult feelings. There is a lot of time and emphasis placed on socialization, family time, food, alcohol, and traditions, which can be challenging to navigate. This can highlight family conflict and values, issues related to food and substance misuse, grief and loss, financial strain, and loneliness. It may also disrupt routine and structure, which can impact our student population. With that, it is important to set aside time to protect your mental health so that you can truly enjoy the holidays and focus on the people you love. Here are some tips and strategies for a healthier you over the holidays season.
     
    Strategies for Safeguarding your Mental Health Over the Holidays
     
    Set Realistic Expectations- Setting realistic expectations for the holidays can be beneficial in reducing stress. We often create stress to achieve unrealistic holiday goals, which can lead to disappointment. Remember, these are just days, so try not to attach excessive emotional connotations to them. Events have the meaning we ascribe to them, and a few days each year cannot rectify the past or determine the future.
     
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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.