Pathways to Personal Growth and Lifelong Learning
Oro Valley consultant opens doors to new clients
11/1/16—Relocating to Tucson from Indiana recently, personal and educational counselor Iris Karas has found the Southwest to be a receptive environment for her professional services.
Originally from the East Coast, she notes that people in Tucson are “friendly, open to new experiences, and interested in creative ways to solve personal challenges.”
In her work with adults and youth over the years, Karas has found a natural bridge between counseling for issues that hold us back and hardcore strategies for success in the academic environment.
Adults seek her guidance for confidence and self-image, relationships, and overcoming trauma, depression, anger, and self-defeating behaviors.
Parents have found in Karas a safe approach to helping their younger and older children with whatever may stand in the way of their academic and social progress.
In the academic realm, first and foremost Karas takes on the challenge of helping students find passion in their subjects, and unique ways to listen, study, retain, and organize their ideas for assignments and tests.
Not only poor study skills, but also school phobia and social anxiety can interfere with a student being the best he or she can be, Karas says. “Parents who want the best for their child, but don’t know where to begin, are eager for some outside expertise. I love to provide that.”
And provide that she does, with some 30 years of experience as a teacher, therapist, guidance counselor, and consultant. A licensed guidance counselor, Karas has been a professional advisor at the college level. She works with students of all ages and abilities.
She has helped many high school students and their parents understand the entire college process including the search, the essay, and final selection. “Often students are left to navigate the whole thing alone or with minimal guidance,” she says. In choosing where to apply, she says, sometimes they overlook an excellent “fit” in favor of what “just has to be on the list.”
Karas, also an artist and writer, especially appreciates and employs creative thinking. “Everything I do with my clients takes on an individualized approach,” Karas said. “There is no one-size-fits-all, no formulas for improvement, when it comes to the unique personality.”
Karas welcomes new clients at any time, taking inquiries at 413-575-2625. For further information, visit her website at www.iriskarasconsulting.com.