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Friday, June 21, 2013

Three New Faces at NESCA

June 20, 2013

Please welcome three wonderful newcomers--and their formidable skills-- to NESCA:

Marie-Christine Andre, M.A.

A doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Suffolk University, Christine Andre, M.A. graduated from Williams College with honors in Psychology and Spanish. Most recently, she was a practicum student in the Child and Adolescent Treatment Program of Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, where she conducted individual cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) sessions with children and adolescents (4 - 16 years old) with a range of anxiety disorders, and co-led a social anxiety group.

She also completed a practicum at the Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Institute at Harvard Medical School’s McLean Hospital, in Belmont, MA, where she worked with adolescents and adults with obsessive-compulsive disorders and provided exposure and response prevention treatments.

Christine Andre is fluent in English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole, and competent in Italian.

Joining us as a practicum student this summer, she will be assisting in AASC - NESCA's intensive Anxiety & Attention Skills Coaching Program.

Laura McEvoy, M.Ed., Yoga Specialist

Laura McEvoy earned her Masters of Education in School Counseling from Cambridge College and has been a guidance counselor in both a middle school and high school. Additionally, she is recently most proud of planning and developing the beginnings of the fourth recovery high school in Massachusetts, where she has had the opportunity to share the gift of yoga.

Ms. McEvoy is hoping her philosophy of healing and strengthening through spirit, mind, and body will resonate with each student she works with. Laura's fitness teaching methodology involves creating space and compassion for each yoga student, and exploring the “whole person."

She started practicing yoga about ten years ago, focusing on Bikram and heated power yoga. A few years ago, Laura became more interested in gentle yoga and meditation, and began her 200-hour training with the Fitness Resource Association. Laura uses alignment principles, breathing techniques, and Vinyasa flow to guide students in a fun practice.

Ann-Noelle McCowan, M.S., Yoga Specialist

Ann-Noelle McCowan has spent the past fourteen years working with students, primarily as a middle school counselor. She is currently in her 10th year as a guidance counselor at a local high-achieving middle school, and prior to that, she worked for the San Francisco School District in both middle and elementary school settings. In San Francisco, she began her study of yoga while earning her Master’s degrees in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling, as well as in School Counseling.

While employed at her current school counselor’s job, Ann-Noelle worked part-time for three years at Academy MetroWest in Natick, MA. There, she ran activity-based therapeutic groups for children in which the focus was on developing social skills, self-esteem and self-regulation. In her school counseling role, she incorporates cognitive-behavioral strategies, relaxation and mindfulness into individual and group sessions, and is actively involved in working with her students' families and outside providers.

She enjoys combining her counseling experience and knowledge of brain-based learning with the positive effects that yoga, meditation and mindfulness can have on student anxiety, depression and attention-related issues.

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