Counselor’s Corner2021-03-24T12:08:12+00:00

APTS Counseling Department

The counseling department at APTS offers a full range of therapeutic services to meet the needs of APTS students. Our Counselors Liz, Stacie, and Danny maintain a critical role in providing access to early and ongoing interventions for students. While other schools might match a student to supports based on a “best fit curriculum” our counselors have education and training in multiple best practice evidenced based theories. This niche training allows them to program for a wide scope of student’s exceptional and unique needs. 

Our highly individualized, intensive and dynamic approach aims to remove social-emotional barriers which impede our students ability to learn. Intervention is also designed to skill build across all circumstances. Our counselors believe that it’s critical social-emotional learning happen regularly and not only under times of duress. Delivery models include individual counseling (proactive and reactive), group counseling, psychosocial classroom guidance lessons, peer mediation, and crisis counseling defined by the American School Counselor Association. Services are implemented as delineated in the student’s IEP which may be delivered as direct, indirect, or a comprehensive combination of both.

About Our Counselors

The counselors at APTS are comprised of master’s level professionals with expertise/licensure in counseling psychology, counseling education, and special education. Our counselors work in conjunction with many internal stakeholders (nurses, behavior analysts, speech and language pathologists, occupational therapists and physical therapists) and external stakeholders (local community agencies/counties, community agencies, families and private providers) to ensure maximum transparency, consistency, and collaboration is occurring on the student’s behalf.

Elizabeth Simms, M.A., LPSC
Alexandria Campus

Daniel Tsang, M.Ed., LPSC, C.G.T.
Manassas Campus

Stacie Wright, M.Ed., LPSC
Stafford East and West Campuses

      Common Student Concerns

  • Preparation for return to least restrictive environment
  • Preparation for adult transition including activities
    of daily living and vocational skills
  • Preparation for family system / personal changes
  • Emotional Regulation / Coping Skills
  • Mood Management
  • Thought Regulation / Flexibility vs Rigidity
  • Belief Systems / Social Perception
  • Personal/Social Problem Solving
  • Self-Esteem and Self-Worth
  • Friendship Skills
  • Self Advocacy / Assertive Communication
  • Trauma Barriers
  • Generalization of Acquired Skills 

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