What is a Peer Counselor?
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Disclaimer: In the event it is determined that the peer counseling services is not the best treatment option, you will be referred to the Peer Counseling Coordinator and/or a licensed professional to determine the best plan for you moving forward.
You Matter: Dining in the NestHave you wanted to make new friends but feel anxious or have a hard time finding their community. Have you been stressed out about going to the Commons or Stingers? Then this is the event for you!! We invite you to join the CPS Peer Counselors for lunch! No Meal Plan necessary. Space is LIMITED so please RSVP. For Kennesaw campus, students will meet over in the WellNest (Carmichael Student Ctr, room 261). We will walk over together. Kennesaw Campus lunch will meet from 12:00pm-1:30pm. Dates below. For Marietta campus, students will meet the Peer Counselors in front of Stingers at 3:00pm. See dates below. Be sure to RSVP for the preferred date and Campus. 1/24 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 1/31 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 2/2 Marietta Campus, Stingers, 3:30pm-5:00pm 2/13 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 2/26 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 3/5 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 3/18 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 4/4 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 4/17 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm 4/26-Marietta Campus, Stingers, 3:30pm-5:00pm 5/7 Kennesaw Campus, The Commons, 12:00pm-1:30pm
Managing Anxiety and Depression WorkshopOur Managing Anxiety and Depression virtual workshop will be an educational experience with the opportunity to interact with a counselor and students who are going through similar struggles. Not a therapy group but designed to begin providing you with knowledge in the healing process, awareness about your mood and to begin practicing these skills on your own. We aim to help you understand: Causes and experiences of anxiety and depression Connection between stress and anxiety/depression New approaches to managing anxiety and depression How the mind and body respond to mental distress Virtual workshop will be hosted using Microsoft Teams. Students are invited to RSVP and an invitation to the MS Teams meeting will be sent to you prior to the event. You can RSVP up to one hour (60 minutes) prior to start time.
LYBW True Beauty: Loving Oneself from the Inside OutBeauty is often presented as an external construct. Body acceptance reinforces the notion that “true beauty” is not simply skin deep. Come to the ZMA for a meditative reflection and colorful drawing activity designed to put you in touch with the internal and external traits that make you beautiful. You will have an opportunity to view how various artists approach the representation of the body in their art. Elizabeth Thomas and Nicole Phillips will guide this workshop focused on the ways your body has supported you thus far in life and the creation of art to celebrate that success! No art experience is necessary. Materials are provided. Please register for the event at https://ci.ovationtix.com/35355/production/1188660.
Hi, my name is Aaliyah and I am a psychology major here at KSU. I enjoy running and going to the gym, watching telenovelas and true crime shows, thrifting, and listening to music. I became a peer counselor because I want to be an advocate for mental health and reduce the stigma on campus. I love to help where I can and provide a listening ear to those who may need guidance. My strengths are in helping with stress and time management, combatting microaggressions, and practicing self-care. As your peer counselor I will strive to be relatable, supportive, and provide resources you may need.
Hi! I’m Laura, I’m a senior majoring in psychology and minoring in medical sociology. On campus, I enjoy being involved with different Wellbeing@KSU events and learning more about the resources we have here. Off campus, I like playing guitar, thrift shopping, and hanging out with my cat. As a peer counselor, I have experience with being a transfer student and commuter, as well as with time management skills. I hope to see you soon!
Work Study Student
Hi! My name is Courtney Everett (she/her), and I am a junior Psychology major with a double minor in Statistics and Child Advocacy Studies. At KSU, I am heavily involved in the psychology department, research, and different student organizations. In my free time, I enjoy writing, reading, listening to music, and watching movies, anime, and shows. I am very happy to meet and talk with all students, especially when discussing stress management, time management, roommate/friend conflict, loneliness and community engagement, and academic concerns. I look forward to meeting you!
I’m Megan Lindsey and I am a senior Psychology major with a Sociology minor. I am very interested in doing social work and plan on going to graduate school for it. Some of my hobbies include collecting things, specifically crystals and vinyl records, and I also enjoy baking. As a Peer Counselor, I am interested in working with those who have trouble with managing stress and time management.
Work Study Student
Justin is a Communications junior at Kennesaw State University and has been the student representative of the Center for Young Adult Addiction and Recovery for the past two years. Justin is a nontraditional student who has learned how to navigate college through trial and error and has learned how to ask for help from the resources available to him. Being a male student, he understands the struggles of navigating this time of growth on campus and throughout early adulthood. “I am here to listen and provide practical solutions to any problems that may come up throughout this journey. I want everyone to have the opportunity to make college a place they can look back on with a smile.”
Hi y’all! My name is Anna and I am a senior Psychology student born and raised in Atlanta. When I am not in the Well-Nest I enjoy hiking and camping, reading, cooking, photography, and visiting thrift and antique stores. As a peer counselor, I can relate to managing stress, feelings of isolation/loneliness, and self-esteem/confidence, but am here to listen and talk beyond these.
Major: Integrated Health Science with a minor in Public Health
I specifically want to work with students on promoting the resources available on campus and helping them overcome the feeling of loneliness while on campus. My goal is to assist students in reaching out, making meaningful connections, and fostering relationships they will later cherish in the long run.
As a peer counselor, I am here to support and encourage students while they navigate their way through college. I’d like to help support students in overcoming their challenges. I aspire to be a reliable support system, offering a listening ear and guidance regarding available resources.
Staff Therapist, Health & Wellbeing & Part-Time Instructor of Social Work
MK Martin, LCSW, RYT-200
MK began her career in higher education at KSU in January of 2017 in Counseling and Psychological Services, where she served as a therapist assisting students navigating complex mental health concerns. Through her work as a clinical social worker, she developed an interest in student leadership and development. In 2021 she joined the Student Advocacy department where she served students within the Dean of Students. She served as a member of the Behavior Response team (BRT), assisted students in navigating medical withdrawals and re-entry back to campus and developed outreach events for students. MK returned to CPS in August of 2023 to develop and coordinate the KSU Peer Counseling program. She serves as part time faculty at KSU where she provides supervision for MSW students and teaches the Addiction with Individuals and Families course. She also serves as a clinical supervisor for therapists and coordinates the Mental Health Initiative at KSU. She takes a collaborative approach when working with students and colleagues by identifying their strengths, building trust, using empathy, humor and patience. In utilizing this collaborative approach in working with students, she hopes to assist you in finding your voice, resilience, and empowering you to navigate the collegiate experience successfully. MK worked in an array of capacities in the field of social work before entering higher education. She worked in Pennsylvania and Arizona as an AmeriCorps volunteer, served as a case manager in psychiatric facilities leading groups, facilitating family sessions, and performing discharge planning. She also served as a therapist in a residential facility treating women with complex trauma and substance misuse, served refugees resettling in the Atlanta area and a case manager for older adults. Her clinical areas of specialization include providing clinical supervision, relational trauma, self worth and perfectionism, eating concerns, and how to manage life transitions.
In her free time MK enjoys eating tamales, reading mystery novels, dancing, arranging flowers, spending time with her cat, hiking, thrift shopping, traveling, musical and cinematic adventures, and spending time with loved ones.
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