Welcome to the Counseling Center page!  My name is Billie Jo Thomas and I am the School Counselor and School Psychologist at WSSB.  Periodically, I will be posting information I find relevant for staff, students, and families.

Having a lion mind:

  • If you show a dog a bone and wave it in his face he will follow that bone.  In a sense you control the dog’s reality.
  • Conversely, if you show a lion a bone and wave it in his face he may eat the human behind the bone!  The lion sees the larger broader picture.  Seeing the broader picture give the lion more autonomy and more choices.
  • Think of the bone as anger or anxiety.  If you react with a lion mind you can realize “I’m angry right now,” but it allows them to choose HOW to respond.  It takes work to learn how to do this.
  • The lion is the kind of the jungle.  Who doesn’t want to be king of the jungle?

I love that this can be directly linked to our Lion Pride here at WSSB!

This information is a summary from the following article which may not be accessible.  Please contact Billie Jo Thomas at billiejo.thomas@wssb.wa.gov if you would like to read the full article. https://www.kqed.org/mindshift/52881/why-mindfulness-and-trauma-informed-teaching-dont-always-go-together