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Counselors' Corner

Welcome to the Counselors' Corner. Please check back every month to learn more as Ms. Evelyn, Dr. Tennant, and Ms. Aiello address and explore topics that are currently top-of-mind. This month, you can read about helping your children to understand their emotions.

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  • Four Ways to Help Your Children Build Resilience Through Understanding Their Emotions

     Dear York Prep Community,                                                                      

    We have surpassed the one year anniversary since the pandemic began. With the passing of time, children have been tested on how to manage an array of challenging emotions. Many students report feeling lonelier than usual and losing connection with their peers, academics, co-curriculars, and hobbies. As caregivers and educators, our first instinct is to reassure our children and sweep away their worries. However, there is another route that may serve them better in the long run. We can take this moment to help our children embrace duality; emotions can be both good and bad. A child who understands their emotions will be better prepared to deal with challenging situations in the future. In fact, our children may find that if they can withstand emotional discomfort, they will come out of this pandemic with more freedom then they had  before.  Here are some tips we can use to help our children make room for uncomfortable emotions.
     
    Practice Tolerating Uncomfortable Emotions: Uncomfortable emotions serve a purpose. If you encountered a bear in the wilderness, anxiety and fear would be a normal emotional response alerting us there is danger. We can teach our children that just because they feel fear or nervousness, it doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad thing. If we avoid the discomfort, we may be exacerbating the problem. If we face the fear (when it’s safe to do so), we can show our children how capable they are and in turn boost their confidence. Teach your child how to use uncomfortable situations as opportunities for growth.
     
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Announcements

The Wellness Team would like to announce two series of upcoming SEL and personal development workshops via the Her Story Mentorship Spring and Summer workshops and the Embrace Her Legacy Academy Virtual Summer Institute.

The Embrace Her Legacy Academy will host a virtual SEL and leadship development focused on elevating young women.
You can learn more about the program here.
 
HER STORY MENTORSHIP is a purpose-driven mentorship program for middle and high school girls. This program starts with learning about digital wellness and best practices.  Studies have shown that frequent use of social media can have a negative impact on all teens, but it is more likely to affect the mental health and wellbeing of girls. “We are aiming to shift the focus away from social media toward real-world purpose through an experience with entrepreneurship”. Says founder Sandy Bassin whose background is in product development and behavioral l health.
Click here for more information and details on how to register for Her Story Mentorship student workshops and parent workshops that start in March.
 
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.
Dr. Rachel Tennant

Dr. Tennant is a psychologist who is passionate about working with children, adolescents, and families. She obtained her B.A. in Psychology at Rollins College and PhD in School Psychology from Northeastern University. Dr. Tennant has received extensive training across a multitude of settings including school systems, outpatient clinics, day treatment programs, and inpatient settings. She specializes in cognitive-behavioral therapy and other evidence-based treatments that target a wide range of social-emotional, academic, and behavioral needs. She enjoys cooking, spending time with her family and friends, being outdoors, and traveling during her free time.