Being a teacher with a specialization in counselling, my worldview, definition of counselling, and theory of counselling are rooted in the belief that all people are inherently good.The elements of counselling that resonate with me most; authenticity, sincerity, compassion, collaboration, and empowerment, are qualities that I value not only in my theory of counselling, but also in my life. I appreciate and utilize my natural talents and gifts of creativity, resourcefulness, artistry, leadership, and my ability to build rapport with people from all walks of life. I feel most fulfilled with my work when I am able to connect with young people and their efforts to move toward self-betterment. I hope through my interactions I instill empowerment and the belief that all people are able grow, change, and make a difference.
I am the Teacher-Counsellor at both Gailbrath and Westminster Elementary Schools. Students and families seeking emotional support, guidance, connection to community resources, information about social or emotional wellness, and brief solution focused counselling, can connect with me in person, by phone, or through email.
To learn more about me as an individual and counsellor you are welcome to visit my online portfolio at: https://swimfanmartin.wixsite.com/elementarywellness
For immediate counselling or mental wellness support please connect with the Southern Alberta Distress Line: 1-877-303-2642 or Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868.
Additional Regional supports can be found by clicking here.
The Community Links Information and Referral Guide for Lethbridge can be found here.