Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program.  Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the students’ immediate needs and concerns.  Individual counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting.  Students may request counseling themselves by putting a note in the counselor’s office or asking their teacher if they can see a counselor. The parent/guardian of a child, teacher, or administrator may also refer a student.  The counselor assesses the student to determine if he/she could benefit from counseling at school. If the counselor feels she can assist the student and determines ongoing counseling (more than 3 sessions) is appropriate, permission is obtained from a parent/guardian.  Counseling is not recorded in a child’s cumulative folder.

School counseling is goal-oriented and generally short-term in nature.  A variety of techniques are used depending on the concern including active listening, bibliocounseling, artwork, board games, and role play.  If a student needs ongoing therapy, the school counselor will facilitate a referral to an outside mental health provider.