My name is Brooke Martin and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve as AR’s Counselor/Academic Advisor!
Having been born in Fortuna and raised in Scotia, I am a Humboldt County native to my core. I am a graduate of Stanwood A. Murphy Elementary’s class of 2003, Fortuna High’s class of 2007 and Humboldt State University’s class of 2012 with a BA in psychology and minors in anthropology and music. When I first graduated from high school and college, I did not have a strong sense of professional direction which led me to explore a number of fields including human resources, tutoring, office administration and management, fitness, insurance, law, and applied behavior analysis. One thing has remained constant throughout my professional life and that is my desire to help others. This realization led me to obtain my MSEd in School Counseling from Concordia University Wisconsin in 2019. For the 2019/2020 school year, I worked as the school counselor for South Fortuna Elementary and Fortuna Middle School, but I am so happy to return to work in the high school setting. As a school counselor, it is my goal to assist students in realizing the best versions of themselves in an ever-changing world.
A number of experiences and opportunities have allowed me to build my counseling career and counseling philosophy. I believe that all behavior, including thinking, happens for a reason; it is my job to assist students and their families in determining what need is being communicated through behavior and how I can support them in navigating those behaviors and needs to stay on track at school. In my previous positions, I have achieved this through a variety of modalities including classroom lessons as well as individual and group counseling that is geared toward career development, academic achievement, socioemotional behavior, and holistic health as needed. I primarily utilize frameworks rooted in Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy as well as restorative, trauma informed practices. I hope to build on AR’s commitment to instill the concepts of “Respect, Responsibility, Choice” in our students and prepare them for their futures.
In my free time, I enjoy traveling, camping, hiking, exploring our National Parks (I have a goal of visiting each one in my lifetime), CrossFit, taking care of my houseplants, and spending time with my loved ones (especially my dog, Cali).