School Based Therapy

  • School-Based Therapists support the Georgetown ISD and Counseling Services Mission and Vision by promoting healthy social and emotional functioning within the Georgetown ISD community through school-based therapy, education, and collaboration.

    Once students have been identified by the school-based therapy (SBT) team using the Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS), the therapist, student, and guardian will co-create proactive counseling goals and/or make use of community resources for further support. 

    GISD School-Based Therapists recognize that to work toward this goal, we must:   

    • Strive to provide a safe and inclusive environment.
    • Work to remove stigma and barriers to obtaining mental health support for students.
    • Determine and refer for community resources as needed.

    Download the SBT Brochure HERE

    Levels of Mental Health Support in GISD

Meet the Team

  • Emma Streit

    Emma Streit is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW) and is excited to start her first year as a School-Based Therapist with Georgetown ISD! Emma is originally from Atlanta, Georgia, and graduated with her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Notre Dame in 2016. After spending two years working on Capitol Hill for a United States Senator, she went back to school and graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2020 with her Master of Science in Social Work.

    Emma has experience with children, adolescents, and families in higher levels of care. Her expertise lies in treating mood, anxiety, and trauma disorders. Her therapeutic lens is relational – Emma leans on the relationship between herself and her clients to facilitate restorative experiences that can lead to increased confidence, feelings of being understood and seen, and greater functionality. She is eager to help students find wellness so they can succeed.

    In her free time, Emma likes to run, hang out with her husband and her Bernedoodle Fargo, read, cook, and spend time outside.  

    Ali Knudsen-Stacey

    Ali Knudsen-Stacey serves students is housed at Eastview High School and also serves students at Williams Elementary. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and has worked in the mental health field for nine years. She graduated from the University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology and received her Master of Arts in Counseling from Texas State University. 

    Ali has worked in a variety of mental health settings including in-patient treatment for adults and adolescents, rural school-based work, and the juvenile justice system. She is most passionate about work with youth and admires their resiliency and ability to create change. She employs a variety of counseling techniques including art, experiential, and sand tray therapies. 

    Ali specializes in working with adolescents and focuses on building trust and the therapeutic relationship. She believes that the most important thing in counseling is to create a safe space for students to be themselves without the fear of judgment. She is honored when a client shares their story and allows her to be there on their journey of positive change. 

    This school year will be her fifth year working in the Georgetown School District and second year as a Georgetown ISD School-Based Therapist. She continues to be grateful for the opportunity to create healing and change in schools and to be a part of the GISD team. 

    “True empathy is always free of any evaluative or diagnostic quality. This comes across to the recipient with some surprise. If I am not being judged, perhaps I am not so evil or abnormal as I have thought.” Carl Rogers

    Michelle Rocco

    Michelle Rocco is housed at Forbes Middle School and also serves students at Cooper, Frost, and Benold. She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW). She is originally from the Midwest and served in the Air Force for eleven years as an aircraft mechanic. During her time in the military, she graduated with a degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. Upon her honorable discharge, Michelle studied clinical social work. Michelle graduated in 2018 with a Master of Social Work from the University of Southern California.

    Prior to joining GISD, Michelle worked with children, adolescents, and families in acute care settings. Her focus in clinical therapy is to help students who struggle with issues related to depression, anxiety, trauma, and identity. Michelle’s therapeutic style provides compassion, support, unconditional positive regard, and non-judgmental acceptance. She meets students where they are, so they can find balance, wellness, and tools to help them in their lives.

    In her free time, Michelle enjoys running, lifting weights, hiking, walking her Great Danes, traveling, and trying out new local foods. She one day hopes to be trained in play therapy to bring more tools into the therapeutic alliance.

     Kaarin Vandenbranden

    Kaarin Vandendbranden is housed at Georgetown High School and also supports students at Richarte and Carver.  She is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. She is excited to start her second year with Georgetown ISD as a School-Based Therapist! Kaarin is originally from Chicago where she obtained her Master's degree from the University of Illinois.  Prior to joining GISD, Kaarin worked in Chicago as a school social worker, working with general education and special education students, in the middle school and high school setting.

    Kaarin enjoys working with students of all ages and loves the energy and personality each age group brings. She is passionate about supporting students, and their families, as they navigate the developmental stages of childhood and adolescence.

    When she is not working with students, Kaarin likes to stay active, get outside, read a good book, or catch up with one of her three sisters!

    Heather Moeller

    Heather Casstevens Moeller, MA LSSP LPC has been a proud GISD employee since 2009. Over these years, she has served the district as an LSSP providing psychological services, as a campus counselor, and now as the coordinator of Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) and the School-Based Therapy (SBT) team. 

    Heather is also a wife and proud mother of a 2018 GHS graduate and twins who will be graduating from EVHS in May 2023.