Our school counseling program is responsive to individual student needs as they arise. With parent, teacher, and student input, small groups are formed throughout the year. These groups are approximately 8 to 12 sessions and each session lasts about 30 minutes. Some small groups that will be offered this year are making/maintaining friendships, building social skills, managing uncomfortable feelings (anger, sadness, anxiety), building focus and self control, transition to a changing family, and boosting self esteem. The opportunity for other group topics to arise is quite possible and the counseling program is flexible in order to accommodate the needs of the school population.
School counselors cannot take the place of professional therapy. What I can offer students as a school counselor is brief, short term counseling to support them in their academic, social, or emotional goals. During this time students will be given the opportunity to express their concerns, work through problems with my assistance, set goals, develop positive self talk, strengthen self regulation and conflict management skills. Since I cannot provide long term therapy for your child I would be more than happy to give you a list of counseling centers in the area.
Confidentiality is vital to the success of any counselor-student relationship. Students need to feel safe and comfortable expressing themselves and their concerns. As explained to the students, what is said in our counseling sessions will stay confidential unless they are a threat to themselves or someone else or there is concern for their safety.