Hi! I'm Vanessa.
Nice to meet you!
Who Am I Personally?
By day I’m a former elementary teacher, middle school counselor, and licensed therapist who loves working with kids, mothers 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 aspects of self-care and other things I enjoy like hopping on the Peloton, 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 clinician, group facilitator... and of course as a mom.
With almost two decades of experience 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.
I'm passionate about helping kids to be emotionally healthy through a focus on mindfulness and
am dedicated to helping parents & educators learn ways to strengthen relationships with their kids,
while living life with peace of mind and ease of heart.
To be an honest, genuine professional who is personable, kid-friendly and easy for all to understand, while delivering great services to make impacting change.
Free to Be Mindful Values
Genuine Care | Client-Centered Acceptance | Enthusiasm | Mindful Living
Easy to Understand Communication -aka- "Real Talk"
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
Licensed Professional Counselor
National Certified Counselor
Year-Long Mindful Schools Program
Director of School Counseling Services
Elementary Teacher, K-5