Meet the Jamestown Counseling Team
Dr. Karen Spees, Ph.D., LPC, NCC
I am the full time counselor at Jamestown Elementary school in Arlington, Virginia, and a Licensed Professional Counselor in private practice in Arlington as well. I received my Ph.D. in Education, with specialties in counseling and conflict resolution, from George Mason University. In addition to my experience in counseling, I have been an elementary teacher and support group leader. My research interests are in peer mediation and gender issues in elementary settings. I have made presentations at the local, state and national level regarding my research findings, and was published in the National Association for Multicultural Education (NAME) proceedings. I was named the Arlington Public Schools Elementary Counselor of the Year for 2007-2008. Born in Missouri, I have lived in Arlington for most of my life and am a graduate of Washington-Lee High School.
Hello! I am the part-time counselor at Jamestown, and I will be here on Fridays. This is my 17th year as a school counselor and my 3rd year in Arlington. I have a bachelor's degree from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in School Counseling from the University of Maryland at College Park. In my spare time I love spending time with my one-year-old son, Ramsey. I am very excited to be at Jamestown again this year and to work with the families and staff!
Mr. Joel Phillips - Counseling Intern
I am a student of school counseling currently living in Virginia. I have a background in education, having worked in schools in the United Kingdom (my home country), Thailand, and Turkey. I love working with students in multicultural settings and this has been the foundation of my approach to school counseling. When I'm not studying I also have a passion for cinema and enjoy playing tennis or watching European football (soccer!).
My counseling approach is reasonably eclectic, with no strong allegiance to any one theory. That said, I believe it is essential to have a foundation in multicultural counseling and be able to employ creative counseling techniques when working with students. I also take an ecological approach to the profession. Students are parts of complex systems involving their cultural background, peers, teachers, family, community and more. By seeking to understand and work within and across the different levels of this ecological system one is better prepared to support the students.