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Counselors' Corner

Welcome to the Counselors' Corner. Please check back every month to learn more as Ms. Evelyn and Ms. Aiello address and explore topics that are currently top-of-mind. This month, you can read about tips on taking time to practice self-care this summer.

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  • Transitioning Back to Full-time, In-person School

    Dear York Prep Community,
     
    We hope you all had a wonderful summer! We are so excited to return to school wide in-person learning. Please join us in welcoming Ms. Alison Kaslow to the Wellness team!
     
    We are aware the transition back to full-time school may be challenging for some. Heading back to school is always a big event. This fall, in addition to students returning to school, some parents are going back to offices, making big changes for some families. For our students, it will mean returning  to school-related activities and expectations suspended during remote learning. 
    Although most students will be excited to return, especially those who remained remote since the beginning of the pandemic, some may experience challenges. The full impact of the pandemic on children’s mental health will take time to understand. They may experience anxiety, complain of feeling stressed, describe feeling nervous or having difficulty concentrating.  It is important for us to continue to monitor their emotional well-being. We recommend that you check in regularly with your child about their thoughts and feelings related to school. These are normal reactions to a traumatic year.
     
    Parents can help teens cope with stress in the following ways:
     
    • Be aware of your child’s stress and monitor if it’s affecting their behavior, thoughts, or feelings.
    • Listen carefully to your child and watch for “emotional overloading” (ie. feeling overwhelmed, panicked, expressing fear)
    • Learn and encourage stress management techniques
    • Encourage involvement in exercise, sports and other social activities.
     
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Quick Tips for Everyday Wellness
Send kind wishes to five people. "Smell the chocolate fountain" on Coronation Day. Try Buddy breathing. These are just three mindfulness activities to try with your children. Click below and learn about all 23 mindfulness activities that you can do right now!
When anxiety hits, we don’t always have a lot of time to deal with it. We may have to run off to our next meeting, pick up the kids, or get dinner on the table.  These quick, simple exercises will help get your anxiety back under control in minutes.

Counselor's 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.