Don L.

Education

Naropa University, M.A. Counseling Psychotherapy

StonyBrook University, B.A. Social Sciences Interdisciplinary

Childcare Experience

Childcare Specialist
Bronx, NY, 05/12 - 02/14
Boy, age 4

Childcare Specialist
Brooklyn, NY, 07/11 - Present
Two girls, ages 8 and 12; boy, age 4

Childcare Specialist
Sanford, FL, 08/10 - 06/11
Two boys, ages 4 and 11

Professional Experience

Massage Therapist
New York, NY, 12/08 - Present

Massage Therapist
Holbrook, NY, 04/13 - Present

Massage Therapist
Plainview, NY, 07/12 - Present

Massage Therapist
Brooklyn, NY, 05/02 - Present

Massage Therapist
Harlem, NY, 06/04 - 04/13

About Me

I am a New York native who has been working with children since 2007. Upon my return from Colorado in 2011, after attaining a Masters in Counseling Psychology, my education in mindfulness practices and work experience in massage therapy has allowed me to cultivate skills to guide children whereby they can blossom within their all-around development. While caring for children ages 4 through 12, I have incorporated yoga, emotional regulation techniques, sports and chess to address their emotional needs. Through mindfulness, music, art, and constructive play, children are allowed to explore their world as well as themselves in a creative fashion.

In 2013, I volunteered at Brotherhood Sister Sol in West Harlem mentoring a 12-year-old boy in an after-school program whose mother had passed away. In the quality time spent together we were able to discuss goals, the value of rewards and consequences due to one’s actions and the pain of losing a parent.

In addition to mentoring, I have been involved in various gardening projects around the city and is a member of the Halsey Community Garden in Brooklyn for the purpose of sustainability and quality produce. Through my involvement in urban gardening, I have been able to witness children’s fascination with worms, beetles, soil, compost and sprouting plants. Through all of my experiences and by applying structure, boundaries, and consistency, I believe I provide a safe, fun, learning environment for the children I care for.

I have professional childcare experience with…

Toddlers, Pre-school aged children, Elementary school aged children, Middle school aged children

I will be SmartSitting while…

Attaining the post graduate hours needed to apply for licensure in NY State.

In 5 years, I hope to be…

Practicing psychotherapy with children and families as well as having a small private practice.

Activities & skills I love to teach & share with children…

I can speak French and Creole. The activities and skills I love to teach and share with children are the strategies of playing chess, the magic of gardening, the sounds of music and the calm of yoga.