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We know that counselors are the heart of a school. When the heart is strong- your school stays healthy. Our Consultation Circles for School Counselors provide the training, care, and support counselors need to do their best work. 

Linden mental health practitioners provide counselors with a confidential platform to discuss challenging cases, find creative solutions to difficult situations in their schools, and most importantly: to share what’s going well.  

Register for Spring 2022 Consultation Circles - Closes February 19th

Download the brochure HERE

How it works 

On Wednesday, February 19th ISCA held a 30 minute chat with Linden facilitators. Listen to the recording to learn more about the Consultation Circles: 


The Counseling Consultation Circles provide professional consultation for difficult or complex cases; additionally, participants support each other personally and professionally as they manage the burden of providing care during the pandemic.

Linden facilitators will provide a clinical perspective and assist with resources.  Designed to highlight the rich knowledge and diverse perspectives that counselors around the world bring, each session will feature the following:

● Celebrations: counselors share wins of the week 

● Case Presentations: 2-3 counselors present a case or a challenge at school (sign up 3 days ahead)  

● Closing: facilitator summarizes and wraps up the session 

● Post session: facilitator sends a list of resources based on topics addressed and wisdom shared 

● Final session closing ceremony - what we’ve learned, how we’ve grown 


SPRING 2022 Schedule & Timeline 

Groups will meet eight times (8x) from February to June 2022. Each group will meet for 90-minutes. There will be various days and times available for counselors to chose from. A complete schedule is below.



Circle Participants 

Circles will be composed of five to seven international school counselors per group, who will remain together as a cohort for the 8 sessions.

Linden Circle Facilitators 

International counselors and psychologists seasoned in working with children in international schools and third culture students facilitate the groups, provide follow up resources, and share their therapeutic expertise. Facilitators ensure that dynamic, strengths focussed conversations leave everyone feeling seen, heard, and energized at the end of the session. For more information please read their bios below. 

REgister Today for our groups February to June 2022

Register for Spring 2022 Consultation Circles - Closes February 19th

Confidentiality 

We are committed to protecting the confidentiality of all students. Participants will be required to sign confidentiality agreements before joining a group. We create a safe space for counselors to openly discuss their challenges in a supportive and confidential environment.

About Linden Global Learning & Support Services 

Linden Global Learning & Support Services provide much needed educational and therapeutic support to international students and schools anywhere in the world. From Berlin, the heart of Europe, to anywhere in the world, we offer tailored support to ensure the academic success and emotional well-being of all learners.

MEET THE LINDEN FACILITATORS 

SARA TERRY - Clinical Psychologist (USA)  

Sara is a child and family therapist who holds a Masters in psychology in education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and an M.S in clinical and counseling psychology from Chestnut Hill College. For the past 15 years Sara has worked in schools and clinical settings. Sara began her career as a teacher for children with autism utilizing ABA and DIR therapy. After completing masters in clinical psychology, Sara provided child and family therapy in a private practice setting for people with autism, anxiety and ADHD. In her work with children, Sara takes a student-centered and developmental approach, within the family systems context. 


CURT VON TOERNE - Licensed Psychological Psychotherapist (USA/GERMANY) 

Curt is a licensed psychological psychotherapist and systemic family therapist with a B.A in history from Amherst College and a diploma in psychology from the Freie Universität Berlin. He has more than thirty-five years of experience with children, adolescents and their families in psychotherapy, counselling, crisis intervention and case management regarding behavioural and family related issues, learning disabilities, mental health and mental illness. For the past four years he was department chairman of psychotherapy and long-term intensive therapy at the Median Children & Youth Clinic in Beelitz-Heilstätten, Germany. There he supervised multi-professional teams and worked directly with adolescents, treating a wide spectrum of issues including eating disorders, social phobia, emotional disorders, school refusal, self-harm, suicidality, gaming and media addiction. 


MAKIA MATHEIS - Licensed Clinical Social Worker (USA) 

Makia is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker who has a passion for working with families, youth, and young adults. Prior to becoming a therapist, she was a teacher. Through teaching, she found that the one-on-one working relationship with each of her students and the parents' alliance was an essential part of their learning and growth. After leaving the teaching field, she earned a Masters of Clinical Social Work from the University of Denver with a concentration in family systems. She has worked with adults, children, and families in various settings, including hospitals, public and private schools, and community-based organizations.  Having lived overseas for almost eight years, she understands the nuances of living in another country, raising multicultural children, and creating a sense of belonging and community in a foreign country.


OULAYA SAMHOUN-JAWAD- School Counselor (Lebanon)

Oulaya is a school counselor working with students of all ages. She earned her Master’s degree in School Counseling from the Lebanese American University, Beirut-Lebanon. She strongly believes that the social and emotional wellbeing of students is an essential factor in positive academic development.

Oulaya provides individual and group counseling sessions, focusing on social behavior, relational dynamics, emotional concerns, academic achievement, and community engagement. She has worked with students and families in crisis and provides grief counseling for students who have experienced trauma and death in the family.

Most recently, she focussed  deeply on issues of Child Protection and Safeguarding as Child Protection Officer for a school in the Middle East. Oulaya  also provides support for parents, sharing with them parenting guidance and strategies to help them deal with their own stress and enable them to maintain their own families’ wellbeing.


CHRISTINA KEDAJ - Psychological Counselor (USA)

Christina Kedaj is a Psychological Counselor with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Counseling from Dallas Theological Seminary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor in the United States and has worked extensively with children, teenagers and their parents.

Before working with international school children through Linden Global Learning, her experience included both individual and group counseling in an outreach counseling center and a domestic violence shelter. She is passionate about providing a safe space for children and teenagers to express themselves, whether through play or conversation, and guiding them on how to cope with the challenging parts of life.


 LEAH van der KOOY - Psychologist and Licensed Professional Counselor (USA)

Leah is a highly-qualified school counselor and psychologist living in the Netherlands. As an expat living abroad from her home country of the United States, she keenly understands the challenges that international life can bring. Third Culture Children often struggle with loneliness, sadness, anxiety and adjustment issues. Leah has a depth of experience that aims to not only resolve these issues, but to help her students to thrive! With over 15 years of professional background under her belt working as a crisis intervention counselor, school counselor, health and wellness coach, yoga & mindfulness teacher and health education manager, Leah has amassed a wealth of experience that clients find helpful, supportive and most important, results driven. She likes to set goals and use positive reinforcement to meet and exceed personal benchmarks. 


MING-JUNG - Licensed Counselor and Counselor Supervisor (Taiwan) 

Ming-Jung is a licensed counselor and counselor supervisor from Taiwan, and an ICF  Certified Coach. She has an M.ed. in Community Counseling from the University of North Texas, and a PhD level advanced Counseling Supervisor training from the National Taiwan Normal University. Ming-Jung has over 10 years of experience working with parents, children and teachers on mental health and cultural adjustment challenges. She works with international students, staff, and families and supervises counselors and intern-supervisors. She uses the Adlerian and multicultural counseling approaches to help clients improve their self-awareness and adjustment processes. Ming-Jung specializes in: Child-parent relationships, personal growth, emotion-regulation, cultural adjustment, crisis intervention, training/supervision for mental health workers, play therapy, and art therapy.


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