Kallie Allen . . . the who, the what, the why, the whole dang shabang!
I am a native Coloradan who moved to Texas *gasp* 8 years ago. I was a hippie child, snow bunny, and over all lover of life looking for adventure. Everyone always asks me (and I literally mean everyone!), “Why would you leave Colorado for Houston?!?” mouths draped open in disgust, I simply tell them that after 24 years in the same city I had to see what else the world had out there for me to discover.
After 4 years as a class room teacher in public schools, I moved to a boys’ private school, teaching there for 2 additional years. Every year I taught, I felt my heart being pulled in two different directions. I LOVED teaching. I LOVED my teaching partner, but I couldn’t help by feel myself gravitating more towards the inner emotional growth of children. When I began slacking in my delivery of curriculum content to reinforce social and emotional development, it became clear that I needed something new. In Dec. 2014, I graduated with both my School Counseling and Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s degrees.
In 2012, I became the first school counselor at my school. Through excitement and anxiety I began my career, dedicating my blog to ease some of my stress. Just an outlet to reflected on all of my successes and failures. I decided to focus on lesson and unit ideas for school counselors, private practice counselors, play therapists, etc.
Last February (2016), I was hit with a life changing decision that was made for me. I was informed that my beloved school would be cutting my program for budgetary reasons. I was hurt, I was flustered, I was angry, but most importantly I was so incredibly concerned. Concerned for myself, my school, but most importantly, concerned for my students. I had created something so undoubtably important. Something that touched every single student in my school, and these boys would no longer have access to this!
I wouldn’t talk to anyone about it. I slept and cried often. When asked how I was doing, I created the most uplifting story telling a tale of, “Everything happens for a reason,” and “When one door closes another one opens.” But I didn’t believe one word of it. It was at my very lowest that a wonderful mentor reached out to me; a parent at my school that was another mental health practitioner in the area. She told me to just believe in my abilities, my program, and everything I had created.
So after an inspirational kick in the face, I created my business, “Discovering Me.” A journey for children to discover themselves and flourish in this world. My entire business is focused on the proactive stance that I took when developing my school counseling program. I continue to focus my blog on lesson and unit ideas for school counselors, private practice counselors, play therapists, etc. But this time around, I hope to instill a reflective nature within myself. The drive was to not only help school counselors develop proactive units for student social and emotional growth, but I want to provide insight into myself and my business. In addition to all of this, I want my life coaching skills to also shine. Helping others (and myself) reflect on self-care, stress, health, fitness, and in general, living every day to the fullest.
I originally started this blog out of frustration for the lack of information out there for new school counselors. Hoping that this blog has evolved with me, I want new and veteran counselors (school and private practitioners) alike to find help and comfort in my words, lessons, failures, and triumphs.
When our children struggle socially , emotional, or academically, their behaviors signify a need for a safe and caring relationship. Research has shown that a relationship with a consistent, caring adult develops a place where optimal learning can occur for children.
As a children’s therapist, I take pride in providing your child with that safe relationship where they can express, explore, and learn all about themselves and others. We call this, “Discovering Me.” Together, we give space for your child to find himself and flourish in this world. We laugh, we cry, and we discover.
Working with young children, I use a child-directed play therapy approach that shows children that they are ultimately in control, of themselves and their experiences. Children leave feeling heard, understood, hopeful, gritty, and full of the curiosity needed in life.
A Note to Readers:
The information shared on this blog is the opinion of the author and may not represent the view of the author’s employer or other professionals in the field. All identifying information of clients discussed on this blog will be withheld to protect their identity and client/counselor privileges.