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Ready for a New School Year?

Summer has flown by and now it's time to start... (continue reading)

Roxanne Pratt, M.S., MPH, LMHC, NCC, CHES

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Roxanne Pratt is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) specializing in Children, Adolescents, Young Adults and Parenting.

She is licensed in Florida, California, Georgia, and Washington State, and is board certified as a National Certified Counselor (NCC) by the National Board for Certified Counselors. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). Roxanne received her bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Michigan, a master’s degree in educational psychology from Baylor University, and a master’s degree in public health, specializing in health behavior, from the University of Georgia. Roxanne has more than 20 years of experience counseling children, adolescents, adults and families.

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New School Year continued

Summer has flown by and now it's time to start a new school year. This is a good time to think about the growth and maturity your child or teen has gained since this time last year. It also may be a time to think about some areas that are in need of attention heading into the new school year.

Starting a new school year is a chance to review what worked and didn’t work last school year. What can be done differently? Is it time to try something different about the morning or after school routine? Is there a need for an attitude change about homework, friendships, screen time, or family relationships?

If your child or teen has been struggling with symptoms of depression or anxiety, did they seem better over the summer? What is their attitude about starting the school year? Do they need some more tools to optimize their school experience?

Some children and teens have had summers full of activities - visits with relatives, travel to other states or countries, having fun at Florida’s theme parks, spending time at camps, or working at summer jobs. Others have had a more low-key, relaxing time – a welcome break from packed schedules. And yet for others, perhaps they were on their phones too much, spent long days sitting around the house, isolating a little too much, and not spending as much time with the friends they hoped to see.

It's been a hot summer, and many families are still dealing with issues relating to the pandemic, inflation, and hearing about gun violence on the news. These can seem like “adult problems,” but often children and teens are also impacted in various ways, both directly and indirectly.

This is a good time to take stock of where your child or teen is in their mental health, goals, and family relationships. It may be a time to reach out for support for your child or teen, or for parenting support.

Let’s all do what we can to make this school year a success!

If you need parenting guidance or you think that your child may need counseling, a call to Counseling Cottage may be a good start.

Roxanne Pratt, M.S., MPH, LMHC, NCC, CHES
Licensed Mental Health Counselor
Board Certified by National Board for Certified Counselors

Florida license MH 13545

Georgia license LPC 003112

California license LPCC 11733

Washington license LH 60421233

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