Anxiety Group for Children aged 9-12.
My Anxiety Plan- M.A.P.
Our fun, small, confidential and safe
6 week group meets after school to......
Explore our emotions- what they are, how they feel and where we feel them.
Dig through our thoughts and emotions and how they influence behaviors and vice versa.
Pessimism, Procrastination, Avoidance, Anger, Irritability, Black & White thinking, and/or Worry can be seen in our children that are dealing with Anxiety.
I'm a little infatuated with the credentialed, passionate and qualified Calm Crusader Counselors below and I know you will be too.
Julie Stryker, LPC
Emboldened by her passion to understand human behavior, Julie is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a Master's Degree in Counseling from the University of Houston and a Liberal Arts Degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Texas. Julie strives to encourage client growth through empathy and empowerment. She has over twelve years of experience in the behavioral health field, providing individual, group, and family therapy as well as Play Therapy, school observations, treatment planning, case management services, and psychological assessments.
She is excited to partner with students through Calm Crusaders. She will seek to collaboratively create an environment that will support a child’s growing emotional understanding of their experience of anxiety and together will develop tools that can be helpful throughout their lifetime.
Rachel Bailey, NCC, LPC Intern
(Supervised by Meredith Riddick, LPCS, CEDS)
Rachel is a Licensed Professional Counselor Intern specializing in the treatment of eating disorders. She earned her BA in Psychology from Bryan College in 2012, and her MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from UNC-Greensboro in May 2017. Rachel is co-author of the book "Eating Disorders: Hope for Hungering Souls," and has facilitated therapeutic groups in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, Body Acceptance, Wellness, and Art Therapy.
Rachel completed her graduate internship in College Counseling, where she worked with anxiety disorders, Academic Probation, and Personality Disorders at the UNC-Greensboro Counseling Center.
Casey Mansfield, M.S., LPC
Casey is a Licensed Professional Counselor who promotes a supportive, client-centered, interactive environment. She successfully completed a dual major in Child Learning and Development and Psychology at The University of Texas at Dallas earning a Bachelor of Science in 2010. She went on to obtain a Masters of Science in Counseling from the University of Houston – Clear Lake in 2014. She has worked in Early Childhood Intervention, school, hospital, and private settings. She has helped children and adolescents with conflict resolution, resiliency, behavior management, self-esteem, and social skills. She challenges her clients to think critically and helps them regain a feeling of purpose and direction.
"I believe helping kids and adolescents to identify emotions and learn how to cope with life can help in the long run. It can help them develop resilience and deter them from self-harming behaviors. In the case of anxiety, I believe helping them learn to cope with anxiety can increase self-confidence and help decrease the chances of them developing panic attacks and/or depression. We must intervene early to help decrease the amount of mental health problems we see as a society today."
Sandra Wilson, M.Ed., NCC, LPC Intern
(Supervised by Dr. Pedra Ane, LPC-S, RPT-S)
“Education and the wellness of children of all ages has been a constant thread throughout my career. I am a Nationally Certified Counselor Intern with a Master’s Degree in Counseling from the University of Houston-Victoria. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Human Development from Pacific Oaks College.
My early work experience includes early childhood, college admission advising for adolescents and as admissions counselor for college students. I delivered psycho-educational behavioral skills training and monitored medication compliance for children and adolescent patients, and offered support and educational training for their parents.
My graduate practicum experience includes working with Veterans at the Michael E. DeBakey Medical Center in Houston, Coastal Health and Wellness Clinic in Texas City and Tabono Family Counseling and Mediation Center in the Clear Lake area.
I believe early intervention is the key to a healthy mind, and I am thrilled to be working with Calm Crusaders to help bring anxiety intervention to children. By helping your child understand their experience of anxiety and giving them the tools to cope, we can keep anxiety from becoming a debilitating disease”.
Jessica Medina, LMFT Associate
(Supervised by Leonard Bohanon, PhD, LMFT-S)
Jessica is a bilingual Licensed Marriage & Family Therapy Associate practicing in English and Spanish. She earned a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a concentration in families, couples, and individuals from Our Lady of the Lake University, and a bachelors from the University of Houston. Jessica is a dedicated, hardworking, and passionate therapist that believes in empowering individuals of all ages. Her goal is to meet everyone with empathy, respect, and an open mind. She has worked with children and adolescents throughout different settings. From volunteering at foster homes to providing counseling in schools, She has had the pleasure of witnessing the kind of resilience that children are capable of. Bringing awareness to the community regarding concerns like anxiety is something that she thinks is needed.
“I believe Calm Crusaders gives me the opportunity to open the dialogue towards important conversations about mental health and wellness to children and their families.”
Amanda Harrington, LPC Intern
(Supervised By Amy Rollo, LPC-S)
“I have always had a desire to work in a field that focused on helping others and I have always enjoyed working with children. These two passions came together in college when I began working towards a career in the mental health field and this path was solidified when I began working on my Master of Education in Counseling degree at The University of Houston. While there I focused my studies on working with children.
Anxiety is a very prevalent struggle in modern times and today’s children face more stressors than ever before. I believe that childhood should be a time to learn, grow, and explore and no child should be weighed down with anxiety. I am passionate about helping children to grow their coping skills, learn more about themselves, and lead healthy and happy lives. I am excited to be working with Calm Crusaders to live out these passions.”
Email me at
Barbie@CalmCrusaders.com to find out how to involve your child or your child's school in our program.