Ms. D'Egidio

Hello!


My name is Julia D'Egidio. I am the School Counselor here at Bell Oaks Upper Elementary!

My Philosophy:

I believe that every student is unique in their own way with their own unique set of skills. I also believe in unconditional positive regard, which means I prefer to see things through an unconditional, positive lens. I am here to support students academically, socially, and emotionally, which means I am here to make sure each student is getting what they need to thrive. I want students to feel comfortable with me, talk with me about difficult topics, and know that I always have their best interest at heart. I know during a Pandemic, life has been a challenge for many of us, and some of us have been struggling with our mental health due to long-term social isolation and trauma. I am well-versed in mental health and a strong mental health advocate. If you are struggling with any issues, please contact me immediately.

My Experience:

Last year, I worked as a School Counselor at a behavioral and special education private school. I was involved in every IEP meeting, was a strong advocate for the students, and implemented my own comprehensive school counseling curriculum while working closely with faculty. I worked with students who were referred out to us because they could not function in a typical public school environment. I worked one on one with many students, teaching them social skills, coping skills, anger management, and more.

Additionally, throughout the summer, I taught social skills to special education students, all age groups: K-12. Each week we focused on a different theme. I had the privilege to connect with students, parents, and faculty by getting to know each person on a one-to-one basis. I was part of an event where therapy dogs came out to the school to see the students. Animals are very therapeutic. (I'm a huge animal lover).

More recently, I had come from a company called Lakeside. They are an agency that trains their employees on trauma-informed practices. They follow a lot of Dr. Bruce Perry's work, who is a famous Psychiatrist. I have found myself following Dr. Perry's work as well, as it is relevant to modern day society, and helps me understand more about the science behind the brain and behavior. I was working at a low-income school district, working with kids who struggle with coping skills, social skills, and more.

Before I became a School Counselor, I was a Behavioral Therapist for two years. I worked for two companies and with an interdisciplinary team: Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Speech-Language Pathologists, Psychologists, Special Education Teachers, Behavior Specialists, and more. I utilized ABA (applied behavior therapy) with my students, helping them become as independent as possible in the typical school environment.

What I can help with:

School Counselors can help with a variety of things! I can help students struggling with anxiety, mental health issues, social skills, coping skills, de-escalation, self-advocacy, self-esteem, and more. It's important to note that School Counselors are trained on Brief-Solution Focused Counseling, therefore, we do not see the same students for extended amounts of time and we do not dive deep into therapeutics. It is imperative to understand that if your child is struggling with issues outside of my scope, I will have to refer them to an outside resource.