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Hello! My name is Mrs. Pesce ( pronounced "Pesh"), and like many people in Raleigh, moved here from Winston-Salem when my husband got a position in the area. While moving during Covid is something I wouldn't wish on anyone, being at Underwood since the fall 2020 has been a gift. Underwood has such extensive academic, creative, and social-emotional learning for children. I hope to bring whatever strengths I have to this position in order to help support you and your family.
I have been a counselor for 32 years. My first job was working in a group home with adolescents with behavior concerns, then as an outpatient therapist working with adults and children.
When the public mental health system was dismantled, I took a position as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Studies at Salem College, helping academically advise and counsel adult students getting their Bachelor's degree or teaching certification.
After having my two girls, I began work as a school counselor. I went back to graduate school after my Master's degree in community counseling, to take graduate courses at night in school counseling at N.C. A&T. I have been a public/private mental health counselor for 13 years and a school counselor for 19 years.
While I do miss working with clients privately, I truly love working in a school setting. Children are so special and so great to work with. In addition, schools are the hubs of social-emotional and academic support and development for our children. While schools have taken a big hit from Covid, this year has been very positive in that we see kids struggling, learning and growing in all areas. It is quite a sight to see!
Due to my background and training, I take a family systems approach in mind when working with students, seeing the strengths and gifts of everyone we work with. I look forward to getting to know you and your family!