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Kallie Allen . . . the who, the what, the why, the whole dang shabang!

The Who - The Counselor Stop

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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. 

The What - The Counselor Stop

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.

The Why - The Counselor Stop

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.

The Whole Dang Shabang - The Counselor Stop

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.

13 comments

    • Kal says:

      Hey T.J.! Most of the notes in my mailbox are written on notebook paper. Most tell me the problem they are having and why they want my help. Others, especially from the littler ones, just have their name written on it.

  1. Sharon says:

    I LOVE your blog! I’ve been doing this for five years now and I’m constantly looking for new inspiration… I think I found it! If you don’t mind to share, I would like to have the template for the lesson that goes along with Giraffes can’t Dance. The bullying flip chart would be beneficial as well. Thanks so much! Keep up the good work!!! 🙂

    sharon.todd@boyle.kyschools.us

    • Kal says:

      Sharon, I cannot claim the Giraffes Can’t Dance Lesson as my own. I found it on elementaryschoolcounseling.org. She has wonderful resources, as well. You will be able to find the handout over there. As for the bullying flipchart. I’m working on turning it into powerpoint right now.

  2. Cameasha says:

    I have really enjoyed your page! I have gained so much from your lessons and adapted many as my own. I read a post about a lesson using the book, “The Power of Self-D” and now that I have the book, I can’t find the lesson! Was that one of your lessons? Thank you for sharing!!

    • Kal says:

      Cameasha, I’m glad you’ve found my blog helpful. Many of my lessons are adapted as well, no need to reinvent the wheel! The lesson on the power of Self-D wasn’t mind, but sounds interesting. Hope you have some luck finding it!

  3. Eileen Manganella says:

    Wonderful Website – Thanks in advance! I am using the Hand Prints lesson this week with first and second graders. Big Success

    • Kal says:

      Eileen, I’m so glad you found one of my lessons helpful! My boys really enjoyed it, as well. Sometimes the simplest lessons are the most effective.

  4. Jaclyn Ibarra says:

    Hello. Just read your blog about Love and Logic. Is it you who provides the training? Can I get more info? Thanks,
    Jaclyn (so Cal resident)

    • Kal says:

      Jaclyn, I do provide the trainings. I have done full staff development and I’m working right now to begin smaller groups in a more relaxed environment for parents and educators. If you would like more information, please feel free to e-mail me at kallieallencounseling@gmail.com.

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