M. Laurel Collins

My name is Laurel; I have been married eight years to my amazing husband Allan. We have been together nearly sixteen years. We have a three old son (going on 30) who is an adventurous, smart, fun loving child. I enjoy getting to know people; who they are; where they came from; their struggles and victories; and what drives their spirit to live their best life. As a counselor-therapist I strive to gain knowledge that empowers the pursuit of self-actualization and ignites the spirit to be set free from the bondage of anxiety, depression, or as I call these mindsets/emotions/feelings The Black Hole. I am a Licensed School Counselor, a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate, and a National Certified Counselor. I am currently working for my county's public school system as a Counseling Coordinator assisting students, their families, and schools in relation to mental health.

MTSS & SEL – Game Changer

Multi-tier systems of support (MTSS) and social emotional learning (SEL) can be a game changer in the world of academics if merged together properly, effectively, and with fidelity. The biggest key to getting the marriage started off on the right path is to shifting the mindset of our educators about MTSS. It is crucial that […]


Solution-Focused Brief Counseling

Solution-Focused Brief Counseling (SFBC) “…is one of the few approaches in counseling that began as evidence-based vs. theory-driven, as most other models were” (Sabella, R. 2020). SFBC is a great model to assist students because it allows the student to open up about how they perceive what is going on around them; encourages them to […]


Stay Out of Control…. Sometimes

Artwork Titled: “Bushy Brows, Bushy Mustache” by Laurel Collins Medium used: Digital Sand #thisissand @thisissand Sometimes our most unique experiences become those that we love those most. Sometimes those unique experiences come with minimal thought or planning. It’s okay to not be in control of every single detail. Not everything is meant to be controlled […]


New Perspective

A little over three weeks ago I had a graceful fall that eventually lead to surgery a week later. I’ve never broken a bone nor had to have surgery. At thirty-two years of age I fractured my ankle and had to have ORIF ankle surgery. Needless to say, this has been one experience I will […]