Counselors 2018-05-28T12:08:06+00:00

Counselors

Grades PreK – 4th
Counselor, Mrs. Cara Toups ctoups@cathedralcarmel.com
Mrs. Toups has been a school counselor for 17 ½ years. She was the counselor at Opelousas Catholic for 3 ½ years and has been a counselor at Cathedral-Carmel School for 14 years. Mrs. Toups has her undergraduate degree from the University of Louisiana in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Counseling from Northwestern University. Mrs. Toups is a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Louisiana Counseling Association.
Small Groups will be held each 9 weeks:
Divorce Group: Meets once a week for about 20 minutes to discuss the problems and issues related to divorce or separation of parents. If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact Mrs. Toups (ctoups@cathedralcarmel.com). This group will begin on September 16th.
Social/Making Friends Group: This group will begin the 2nd nine weeks and will meet once a week for 20 minutes to help children in different social situations. We play games, role play and discuss how to make friends, how to be a good friend and how to behave in social situations. If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact Mrs. Toups.
Anger Group: This group will begin meeting during the 3rd nine weeks and will meet once a week for 20 minutes to teach children different ways to handle their anger and stress. If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact Mrs. Toups.
Girls Group: This group will begin meeting during the 4th nine weeks and will meet once a week for 20 minutes to empower girls, explore feelings and promote positive female relationships. If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact Mrs. Toups.

Grades 5th – 8th
Counselor, Mrs. Katie Mottram kmottram@cathedralcarmel.com

Mrs. Mottram has 20 years of experience in education. She was a middle school teacher for 12 years, seven of them at CCS, before returning to the University of Louisiana- Lafayette to earn a Masters of Science in School Counseling. Since the fall of 2009, she has been the counselor for the middle school students at CCS.

She works closely with parents, faculty, and students to oversee and support the social/emotional/academic growth of students in grades 5, 6, 7, and 8.  Her role is not to provide long term psychotherapy, rather, it is to actively participate in student life to encourage awareness of self and others, with empathy, compassion and respect. These objectives are met through classroom lessons, small group interactions, private sessions with students, and consultation. Mrs. Mottram is available to all students on a drop-in basis and meets with the administrative team and faculty as needed. Parents may consult with her about the particular needs of their child and to request referrals for outside support and evaluation. Mrs. Mottram may meet with any student during the school year, as the need arises, and will be in contact with parents as necessary.

Mrs. Mottram is a member of the American School Counselor Association and the Louisiana Counseling Association.