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New Mental Health Clinician: Cortney Slobodnjak@Chester-Andover Elementary School

posted Sep 9, 2015, 8:10 PM by Lauren Baker TR IT

Hi there! 

I am excited to say that I am the Mental Health Clinician here at CAES. Although I have been a part of the CAES community for many years, the 2015 school year marks my first year as a member of the professional staff here. It feels as though it is exactly where I am intended to be! I love the creative learning that happens here, I love the kids, and I love working with the innovative and intelligent staff!

I am originally from Colorado, but I have lived everywhere and I am glad to call Vermont my home. I hold a Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Sociology. My early academic work focused on Elementary Education, Business and Child Development. I love to learn about the brain, things that are unexplained, and synchronicity. I have experience in using mindfulness and meditation to help people calm anxieties and reduce stress. I dream of someday opening a nature and wilderness-based wellness center to bring the outdoors "within" and help people heal with adventure and nature combined.


Here at CAES I will be providing counseling for children as well as facilitating some groups and other learning around mental health and wellbeing. This also is my third year coaching the 5th and 6th grade girls soccer team.

I love the ocean, art, LIVE music, my family, dancing, painting, reading, the outdoors, rollerblading, al things magical, camping, people and adventures! I can’t wait to see you! :)