• Why would I want to visit a school counselor?

    Here are some reasons a student might want to talk to the School Counselor:

    • "I'm getting picked on at the bus stop and I don't know what to do about it."
    • "My best friend isn't talking to me and it's making me really sad."
    • "I want to show you what I just made in art. I'm very proud of it."
    • "I'm new to this school, and I'm really scared!"
    • "I just want to talk to someone who won't laugh at me."
    • "I did a lot better on my last math test, and I'm so excited to tell someone!"
    • "Luke, Kristin and I had a problem at recess. Can you help us work it out?"

    Here are some reasons parents might want to talk to the School Counselor:

    • "Lindsey doesn't want to go to school in the mornings."
    • "I'm concerned because Brian keeps telling me that he doesn't have any friends. Do you think a Friendship Group might help?"
    • "We recently had a death in the family, and I'm not sure how to tell my child."
    • "Jake has difficulty going to sleep at night and often has nightmares."
    • "My wife and I have been divorced for two years, but we think our kids could really benefit from talking about it with other kids who are going through the same thing. We'd like to refer them for a Family Change Group.
    • "Jason seems to get really frustrated doing his homework, and nothing I say seems to help."

    Here are some reasons teachers or administrators might want to talk to the School Counselor:

    • "I need some ideas to help my students develop more positive relationships."
    • "John just can't sit still in the classroom."
    • "Kayla is absent a lot."
    • "Chris is new to this school and needs some special attention."
    • "I've noticed that Jessica seems distracted and anxious a lot lately."
    • "Monica is a great kid, but she's really shy and doesn't seem to be comfortable initiating friendships. I think she'd benefit from participating in a Friendship Group."