Counselor's Role & Services
As a school counselor, I respond to the needs of students and parents through a variety of ways: individual and group counseling, classroom presentations, as well as parent-teacher conferences and parent consultations. I collaborate with teachers, parents, administrators and the school psychologist to make every situation the best we can. Through counseling, I help students develop new skills, address their feelings and work with them in brainstorming, storming and practicing strategies to cope with future concerns. I have an open door policy. All students are welcome to drop by my office at any time. To make an appointment, please contact the counseling office secretary, Deborah Williams. Together we can work as a team to help your child learn and grow!
Individual: I meet with students in a 1:1 setting, and have sessions on a variety of topics, some, but not include are:
- Peer Conflicts
- Coping Skills
- Family Relationships
- Anger Management
- Stress/Anxiety Relief
Groups: My groups meet on a weekly basis, for roughly 30 minutes, and are typically 3-7 children per group. Some of the groups that I have run in the past are:
Lunch Buddies: Lunch Buddies is a low-key, stress-free opportunity to have lunch with a few other children from their grade. The purpose of this group is to ensure they are having positive days at PMI.
Organizational Skills: In this group we work on the student’s organizational skill that can be used at school, as well as at home. Each week we work on an organizational checklist that will help them manage their homework, as well as help them keep their desks and area around them organized.
Social Thinking/Social Skills: In this group we work on the skills that are needed to create a long-lasting , positive friendship. Through activities and role playing we also work on the skills to make appropriate decisions in social situations.
Changing Families: In this group we discuss topics such as living in two homes, dealing with friends and family, loyalty conflicts, their parents' potential new companions, and new step parents. This group is fun, supportive, and provides a safe place to express feelings about divorce or separation. It is for any child whose family structure has changed.