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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 coping strategies to alleviate seasonal depression.

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  • Coping Strategies To Alleviate Seasonal Depression

    Dear York Prep Community,                    
    Happy new year and welcome back to school! The new year and the start of a new semester can be exciting for some but daunting for others. It can feel difficult to motivate in the dead of winter. In fact, some of us really struggle with the “winter blues,” clinically known as Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. It’s normal to feel a range of different emotions throughout your day-to-day life and sadness is one of them. However, if you’re feeling a persistently low mood around this time of year, it might be SAD. With the colder and darker days, people tend to feel less energy, can be less productive, and may even feel hopeless. If you find yourself experiencing some of these symptoms, try these coping strategies to alleviate your seasonal depression.
    Get more natural sunlight
    Depending on where you live, getting outdoors and into the sunlight can actually be hard to do. Here in New York, we have lots of gray winter days. But every once in a while, the sun shines and it’s glorious! Get outside and soak in the sun. Doctors say we need approximately 15 minutes of sunlight a day to stabilize our mood and take in a sufficient amount of Vitamin D. Once back inside, open the blinds, raise the curtains, and work in a brightly lit environment to elevate your mood and alertness.
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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.