Amy recently joined as a personal and college counsellor at BISP. Through her role she wants to create an environment where trust and collaboration thrive, helping students reach their goals and be part of their parent’s journey. As a licensed counsellor, her role often involves clinically working with individuals to find the best ways to support them. She is eager to contribute to the school’s approach to nurturing students’ learning, wellbeing, and passion.
We took some time to ask Amy a few questions and get to know her better.
What is your role as a personal and college counsellor and how do you anticipate students and parents will connect with you?
I’m a new personal and college counsellor, and I’m here to support both students and parents as they journey through school and the exciting world of post-BISP. My main goal is to help students grow personally, succeed academically, and make confident choices for their future.
You’ll find me through a bunch of ways: one-on-one chats, workshops, and info sessions. I have an appointment link in my email signature. Please feel free to send me an email to schedule a time.
My ultimate goal is to build relationships with students, colleagues and parents, so we can work together as a team.
What do you enjoy most about working in education?
I’m drawn to education because it provides a meaningful way to assist others. As a licensed counsellor, my role often involves clinically working with individuals to find the best ways to support them. However, I don’t always have the opportunity to gain a comprehensive perspective through the counselling lens.
In a school setting, though, I have the privilege of being part of students’ journeys through education, personal growth, and family dynamics. This broader perspective allows me to see students more holistically and enables me to provide authentic and effective support.
What attracted you to BISP?
I am excited about the opportunity to join the British International School, Phuket (BISP) for several reasons. The school is located on a tropical paradise- need I say more? BISP being located in Phuket offers a unique backdrop that can greatly enhance the learning experience. The chance to engage with students and families from various cultural backgrounds while exploring the vibrant local community is an exciting prospect for me.
Moreover, BISP’s reputation for fostering a supportive community, coupled with its focus on holistic student development, strongly resonates with my counselling philosophy. I am eager to contribute to the school’s approach to nurturing students’ learning, well-being, and passion.
What do you like to do when you’re not working?
I enjoy playing tennis and taking my kids to the beach. I also have a passion for cooking and exploring new cuisines. Food is something I truly love; it encompasses all aspects, although my greatest enjoyment lies in savouring different dishes.
What behaviour or personality trait do you most attribute your success to, and why?
I am still in the process of defining success for myself as a mom, a counsellor, and a partner and that’s OK. I find that I am constantly learning and growing each day, which contributes to cultivating my various senses of success. A sense of contentment and joy accompanies my work, and I consider that to be quite a success in itself. I truly enjoy what I do – the opportunity to help. It’s a rare privilege for one’s primary role to be helping students realise their incredible potential, and I am fortunate to have that opportunity.
In my opinion, the key elements that have shaped my effectiveness as a counsellor in my career include a strong sense of awareness, an authentic approach to learning and supporting, and a genuine commitment to being a part of each student’s journey.
What advice would you give to your teenage self?
Prioritise Your Wellbeing:
Remember that your wellbeing comes first. Take time to care for your mental and emotional health. Don’t shy away from seeking help when needed. It’s a sign of strength to acknowledge and address your emotions.
Build Meaningful Relationships:
Invest time in nurturing genuine relationships. Surround yourself with people who support your growth and inspire you. Meaningful connections will enrich your life and provide a strong foundation for your future.
Explore Various Paths Before Committing:
Before making lifelong commitments, explore different paths. Whether it’s education, career, or relationships, take the time to discover what aligns with your passions and values.