Students can request to see me by filling out a slip from the "feelings box" located in each classroom. I also see students as a result of a teacher or parent request. During individual meetings with students, I can help children understand and accept themselves, cope with family changes and/or family crises, develop decision making skills, and practice conflict resolution skills and anger management techniques. The following are just a few examples of the situations in which school counselors can help their students:
My parents are getting a divorce. I’m scared about what is happening to our family. My best friend and I seem to be fighting a lot lately. We just can’t seem to get along. I am the new student here at school and I am afraid that I just won’t fit in. My parents are fighting a lot more than they used to - is it something I did? My father just lost his job and everyone at home seems so upset all of the time. I have been having nightmares lately and it takes me so long to fall asleep at night. My grandmother passed away. Mommy just had a new baby and that baby is ruining everything! I do my homework, but I can’t seem to remember to bring it with me to school. I am worried about my friend. She’s been acting strangely lately. Tommy told me that if I didn’t give him my lunch money again today I’d be sorry!