At the heart of the mission of The Ethel Walker School is a commitment to the health and wellness of our community. Here, an active lifestyle is encouraged.
Students begin learning about self care beginning in Middle School with the curriculum continuing through a sophomore seminar in women’s health and a self defense class in senior year. The wellness curriculum is offered through seminars on topics including study skills and adolescent development and it is enhanced by special events and assemblies on related topics including body image, self defense, and college readiness.
Fresh and nutritious foods are offered daily in our on-campus dining facility and all students are welcome to eat their meals in Abra’s Dining Hall during the school week as well as on weekends. Students are required to participate in a co-curricular activity each season lending opportunities for exercise, fun, and relaxation while building new skills. An academic advisor is assigned to each student who monitors academic progress as well as her social and emotional wellbeing.
Kathryn is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with specialized training as a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Eye-Movement Desensitization & Reprocessing (EMDR) practitioner, and Certified Integrative Energy Medicine & Psychotherapist. Originally from New Jersey, Kathryn attended Temple University in Philadelphia to study psychology and cognitive neuroscience. After graduation, she moved to Hartford, where she was a clinical research assistant at the Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center at the Institute of Living. Here, Kathryn dedicated six years to child and adolescent Neuropsychiatric Research leading to four publications for her work. During this time, Kathryn also completed a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Joseph College in West Hartford. Before opening her private practice in the fall of 2016, she worked at The Village for Families and Children as an in-home clinician at Wheeler Clinic as a child and adolescent outpatient therapist, which led to her induction into residential life at Newport Academy in Bethlehem as a family therapist. Kathryn has facilitated groups and programs presenting mental health wellness psychoeducation in each role. In the fall of 2019, Kathryn embarked on creating a podcast, recently surpassing 13,000 plays, geared toward destigmatizing mental health by interviewing people from all walks of life. The stories shared are raw, honest, authentic, and enlightening.Read Full Profile
Joyce McIntyre P'92
Kristen is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist who specializes in working with adolescents and their families. She obtained her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy from Central Connecticut State University and has advanced training in TFCBT (Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), IFS (Internal Family Systems), and DBT (Dialectical Behavioral Therapy). Before joining Walker’s, Kristen worked in as a clinician in an outpatient clinic, as well as in a middle and high school. She transitioned to residential life as a therapist, and then a clinical director, of a therapeutic group home for adolescent females. Additionally, she has experience working with people experiencing homelessness and young adults with severe and persistent mental illness. Kristen is passionate about working with adolescents who have experienced trauma, are experiencing school related stress, LGBTQIA+ related issues/concerns, family difficulties, anxiety, depression, complex mental illness, suicidal ideation, those involved in DMST (Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking), and those engaging in injurious behaviors. Prior to becoming a therapist, Kristen received a B.S. in Marine Science from Eckerd College, M.S. in Geology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Geoscience from UConn. She was a professor of Geoscience at UConn and conducted research across the global, which led to multiple publications and presentations. A desire to work more in depth with students led to a change in careers. Kristen is thrilled to return to an academic setting to provide mental health support to students.Read Full Profile
Dara Joy Neiman