Meet Your Counselors!

Andi Strong
MS/US Counselor
astrong@wsa.net

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astrong@wsa.net
(706) 731-5260 ext. 2347

Office Hours: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Office Days: Tues., Wed., Thurs.
Located in the 500 building

B.S., University of Georgia
M.Ed in School Counseling from the University of West Alabama. 

"Westminster truly is a special place made up of such amazing & diverse students, faculty, admin, and families that God created. My heart is to promote the mental & emotional wellness of every student here at Westminster. I hope to foster the social and emotional well-being of our students in order to facilitate success and personal growth. It is important to engage in the development of self-awareness, interpersonal skills, emotional regulation, and healthy boundaries. I hope to empower those I come in contact with and develop many professional & safe working relationships."

Caitlin Vinson
LS Counselor & Academic Support Coordinator
cvinson@wsa.net

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cvinson@wsa.net
(706) 731-5260 ext. 2204

Office Hours: 9:00AM-4:00PM
Office Days: Mon., Wed., Fri.
Located in Pamplin Hall 

B.S., Georgia College & State University
M.S., North Georgia College & State University
National Certified Counselor

"My passion is to see students grow by helping them identify and appreciate their strengths, acknowledge and overcome their weaknesses, and discover and embrace who they are while teaching them to become advocates for themselves. I am thrilled to be a part of the Lower School family and honored to play a role in starting a counseling program for the Westminster community."

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A Note From The Counselor's Office

"Be careful what you think, because your thoughts run your life" (Proverbs 4:23)

The stress response in our body is there for survival. It's hardwiring that activates the fight or flight response when there is danger and we need to assess the surroundings and make our plan to survive. Right now, given the current climate, our minds are having to process new information and assess if this is something threatening our need to survive. This is activating the stress response every time! No wonder it’s difficult to relax right now. How do we deal with uncertainty and things that are truly unknown?

1. Pray, read, and stay focused that God is the energy, the energizing force behind everything! No moment, event, pandemic, decision or detail falls outside His supervision. Col. 1:17.

2. Practice gratitude! Rejoice in the Lord always! Not just when life is good or normal! Gratitude is the greatest of virtues. God's therapy for anxiety and uncertainty is gratitude! Gratitude is a mindful awareness of the benefits of this life God has created for you.

2. Stay Present. This is the BEST time to practice mindfulness techniques (bring your brain back into TODAY….not tomorrow, not 5 days from now or a month...TODAY)

3. Embrace Uncertainty. You don’t have to like it, but embrace that things are uncertain and you will take it day by day

4. Healthy distractions. Just because things are uncertain doesn’t mean you can’t live a meaningful life RIGHT NOW. Begin to brainstorm how you want your life to look during this school year in a pandemic. Ask God specifically to lead you, show you, help you during these times of uncertainty and fear

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Vision Statement:
We strive to empower all students to reach their maximum potential by using a comprehensive program that addresses academic, personal/social, and spiritual goals.  We strive to promote an environment to encourage personal assessment and growth, social responsibility, and spiritual growth.  We believe that every student can succeed through the collaborative efforts of school, home, and community. We strive to be an extension of the Christian home.

Beliefs:

  • All children are unique and should be treated with respect and dignity.
  • Every student can succeed.
  • Learning is a lifelong process.
  • Fostering a positive self-image is the collaborative effort of the school, home, and community which leads to being a responsible and productive member of society.
  • A comprehensive, developmental school counseling program is both a support service and an integral part of the total education experience.
  • A developmentally-appropriate school counseling program provides important benefits to individual students by addressing their spiritual, intellectual, emotional, social, physical, and psychological needs.

Parents

 

Dear Parents,

As School Counselors, we strive to work with all students and encourage a safe school climate of trust and respect. We are able to meet with students in an individual or small group setting that involves short term, brief, and solution-focused counseling. Our goal is to help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices. We hope to collaborate with parents, guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration all with the common purpose of doing what is in the best interest of the student. As counselors, we maintain the confidentiality of students and their families unless there is a need to know or safety concern. Additionally, we would like to provide the Westminster community with educational information about students’ social-emotional needs. While we do not provide long term individual counseling, we can provide referrals and help connect families with outside resources. Counselors do not assist in disciplinary action, tell teachers how to teach, or parents how to parent. However, we would love to come alongside you and be a part of your team to help your student navigate situations that may arise so that they may flourish. 

Sincerely,  

Andi Strong & Caitlin Vinson

 

Resources

We are dedicated to helping guide students and parents through a variety of situations. Please see the below resources for information on anxiety, vaping, bullying, and grieving. 

Stress/Anxiety Vaping Bullying/Cyberbullying
Grieving/Loss Mental Health Family & Divorce 
Internet/Online Safety Responding to Hate From Diversity to Agape

 

Parent Education

Parent Education was created to compile a variety of great parenting resources and tips to help overcome obstacles as children grow through different stages. Please see the listening and reading resources below. 

Parent Book Club

The Behavior Code by Jessica Minahan & Nancy Rappaport
Calm my Anxious Heart – Linda Dillow
Helping Your Anxious Child – 2nd Edition – Step by Step Guide for Parents
Helping Your Anxious Teen – by Sheila Achar Josephs
Sticky Faith – Dr. Kara Powell & Chap Clark
Plugged In Parenting – How to Raise Media Savvy Kids With Love, Not War by Bob Waliszewski
Right-Click: Parenting Your Teenager In A Digital Media World – By Art Bamford, Kara Powell, Brad Griffin
The DNA of Parent-Teen Relationships – By Gary Smalley and Greg Smalley
Boundaries With Teens – By Dr. John Townsend
Helping Children Survive Divorce- By Dr. Archibald Hart

Podcasts
Focus on the Family
Truth.Love.Parent.
Lets Parent on Purpose
Grace to You – Pastor John MacArthur
Harvest: Greg Laurie Audio
Pray the Word with David Platt
Quick To Listen – Morgan Lee & Mark Galli
Daily Hope with Rick Warren
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