My Profile

Who Am I Personally?

By day I’m a former elementary teacher, middle school counselor, and licensed counselor who loves working with kids, parents and educators.  By night I’m a mom and a wife who loves to laugh and watch movies with my boys, who drive me crazy, but who I love so very much!

 

Just like other moms and parents, my world is non-stop: helping my son with homework, driving him to extracurricular activities, and in between trying to cook dinner a few times a week (although that doesn’t always happen!).  On the weekends I am more mindful of slowing down and fit in self-care and other things I enjoy such as going to the gym, practicing yoga, and salsa dancing.

Who Am I Professionally?

I am a caring, warm and enthusiastic educator and counselor whose passion is to help kids, along with their parents and teachers! I have had much experience in helping children with academic stress and pressures, ADHD, navigating high functioning autism, behavioral issues, social skills, identity and self-esteem via a variety of positions including tenured teacher, highly effective school counselor, behavioral assistant, in-home therapist, social skills group facilitator... and of course as a mom. 

 

With 16 years of experience as an educator I know firsthand the many expectations and struggles our kids face day-to-day. These range from academics, to social and especially emotional challenges. As an educator and as a mom of a young child I understand the stressors parents and educators face, the complexities of navigating a school system, and how that can impact us in all areas of our lives.

Education

  • BS in Elementary Education & Psychology

    • The College of New Jersey​

  • MA in Counselor Education​
    • The College of New Jersey​
  • Advanced Counseling Certification
    • Montclair State University​
  • Education Supervisor's Certificate
    • New​ Jersey City University

Certifications

  • Licensed Associate Counselor

  • National Certified Counselor

  • Director of School Counseling Services

  • Supervisor Certificate

  • School Counselor

  • Elementary Teacher, K-5

Professional Affiliations

CONTACT:

         Vanessa De Jesus Guzman, LAC, NCC

         201.430.5811

         freetobemindful@gmail.com

         730 Grand Avenue, Suite 2H

         Ridgefield, New Jersey 07657

         Hours available by appointment

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