Counseling Partners of Los Angeles (CPLA) is dedicated to improving the lives of students attending schools in underserved areas of Los Angeles. Our team of highly committed and compassionate counselors provides school-based counseling services for elementary and high school students throughout the school year.
We are very pleased to announce that CPLA is now providing Teacher Counseling services for teachers at our partner school communities. Please reach out to us at email@example.com if you would like someone to call you to speak about how we might be able to assist you in being your healthiest self. You may also fill out the teacher counseling referral form here: https://forms.gle/TP57Xudi176jgkXL9.
Meet our Dedicated Teacher Counselors:
Ilusion Millan I am a born and raised Native Angeleno, I have always been an advocate for children's growth and development as well as fostering social-emotional learning for both children and parents. I have had the wonderful blessing of raising two boys that are now adult children. I graduated with a bachelor's in Human development from Pacific Oaks; and then, received my master's degree in Clinical Psychology from Pepperdine University in 2018 . I have traveled abroad to train and become certified in Narrative Therapy from the Vancouver School of Narrative Therapy. I have also worked with Yale University in the past as a children's curriculum developer in social-emotional intelligence and pet humane education. I look forward to bringing my skills, clinical knowledge, and clinical experience to working with young persons, parents, and the faculty that CPLA serves!
Sean McDermott Sean is a first-generation Angelino who was born and raised in the San Gabriel Valley. He attended high school in Pasadena and earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Sean married his high school sweetheart, Anne, who teaches at an all-girls private high school in Pasadena, and together they have two grown children. In his spare time, Sean enjoys deep sea fishing, road cycling, and (pre-Covid era) traveling. In 2018, following a career as an executive in the telecommunications industry, Sean decided to change both his career path and the course of his life and went back to school. He obtained his substance abuse counselor’s certificate at Loyola Marymount University and then went on to complete his M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with a specialization as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor from Pacific Oaks College in Pasadena. In 2020 Sean joined Counseling Partners of Los Angeles as a school-based therapist trainee working with students at a high school in the San Gabriel Valley. Sean is looking forward to continuing his work with CPLA offering therapy to teachers and administrators.
Isabel Simon Isabel is a native of London, England, and has lived in the United States for over a decade, earning her bachelor’s in Art History at Dickinson College, PA and her master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling at Medaille University, NY. After several years working in the art industry in New York City, she decided to pursue working in the counseling world, following in the footsteps of the two generations of mental health counselors before her, her mother and grandmother. She has been interested in mental health and the complexities of human emotion and relationships throughout her life, and is passionate about the arts and creative expression as a means for healing and growth. Isabel believes in a holistic approach to wellness, taking into account the physical, social, mental and emotional wellbeing of an individual. Isabel is excited to continue working with CPLA, offering counseling to teachers and administrators in addition to supporting students and parents in the community.
What is Teacher Counseling? Being a teacher can be a rewarding and fulfilling vocation, but life stressors can prevent you from being your best self for your students and your family. Working in school settings make you particularly vulnerable to work-related stress.
CPLA can provide you with (4) FREE telehealth counseling sessions with a trained counselor.
In these sessions, you can identify and process current stressors and barriers.
We imagine these sessions as a way to start the conversation around teacher burnout, fatigue, stress, and mental health. In addition, you can learn tools and techniques you can use both for yourself and your family.
A trusted and skilled teacher counselor will work with you to learn how to reduce stress and care for yourself in the midst of helping educate the next generation.
What happens during Teacher Counseling? Teachers will be offered four (4) virtual sessions with a counselor in which stress management techniques and coping skills can be practiced. These skills can be extended to both the home and the classroom. If needed, outside referrals can be given to those who could benefit from more ongoing and intensive support. Information presented to a counselor in our teacher counseling program is confidential and may not be discussed outside our program unless permission is otherwise given. The only exception is where disclosure is required by law: where there is reasonable suspicion of the abuse of children, elderly, or disabled persons, and where the client is at serious risk of harm to self or others. Our counselor will enable you to pursue wellness in a myriad of ways, ranging from family-related to work-related challenges. The teacher counseling program can also help with challenges related to emotional wellness and assist with building upon skills to prevent or reduce problems. Crisis management is also provided to help teachers manage stressful events or tragedies, such as a death in the family or a traumatic event.
Please see below to download our Teacher Brochure: