Julie Laing, M.S.
After receiving my masters degree, I worked for 3 years as a school counselor in a public middle school in Baltimore. I loved being a part of a school community, forming relationships with students and staff and being able to be a consistent part of the students lives as they grew and matured. I moved to PA in 2004, necessitating a job change and worked in community mental health for the Lenape Valley Foundation in Doylestown PA. In this role, I was a Mobile Therapist, providing individual and family therapy in the client's home environment. This was very challenging work where my clients had diverse, yet significant mental health needs. I took a break in 2005 to have children and begin raising them, though returned to Lenape Valley in 2011. As challenging as this work was, it was also extremely rewarding in that being able to provide therapy in the clients home enabled me to get a much clearer picture of the external factors that can affect a child’s mental health needs. My skills as a clinician grew exponentially due to the intensity and diversity of the clients presenting issues and diagnosis.
In addition to my role as MT, I also volunteer every summer at Camp Erin, which is a “Grief Camp” for children ages 7-18, who have lost a parent or a sibling. In my role as “Grief Chief” I facilitate an opportunity for these children to acknowledge, express and begin to heal from the loss they have experienced. It is by far one of the most rewarding things I have ever been a part of.
Being hired at Solebury School as the School Counselor felt like I had come full circle where I was back in a school community at my happiest. Developing Solebury's School Counseling program is a privilege I have not taken for granted. In addition to my education and training, the experience and skills I've accumulated over the years lend themselves to providing a comprehensive and collaborative counseling program. I couldn’t be happier here.
The relaxed atmosphere and connections that exist between students and faculty at Solebury are so rare in a school and make this place completely unique. They add to this feeling that at Solebury you are a “part of something”. On top of that, there is a greater level of open mindedness and acceptance of how each of us is different than at other schools. Being a part of that is not only exciting and rewarding, but really a privilege.