School Counseling at Sylvan Elementary

Role of the School Counselor 

The job of a school counselor is to support students and encourage healthy development by delivering basic services to a broad range of students. Please note that while we have  background knowledge in mental health principles, there are times when student needs fall out of our scope of practice. It then becomes our role to help identify primary areas of concern and refer students to community resources, which may include clinical counselors or clinical psychologists. We will work with you, as a parent or guardian, to help determine the best course of action for your child.


Individual Counseling

The purpose of individual counseling is to assist students with concerns that might interfere with learning and school performance. Possible discussion topics include:

  • Academic support including organizational, study, and test-taking skills. 

  • Communication, problem-solving, and conflict resolution.

  • Grief and loss support.

  • Social skills training.

  • Anger management.

  • Anxiety and social phobias.

  • Friendship skills.

School counselors offer solution-focused brief therapy during the school day. If your student needs more in-depth therapies, please contact your pediatrician for referrals. Feel free to contact me as well to have a conversation and see my word-of-mouth referral list.

Small Group Counseling

In small group counseling, children who share common needs or concerns meet together with the school counselor to talk, share, role-play, and improve coping skills. Small groups are a great way for students to connect and learn they are not alone with their experiences and feelings. Possible topics include:

  • Friendship Skills

  • Social Skills Training

  • Divorce Support

  • Organizational & Study Skills

  • Anger Management

  • Anxiety & School Phobias

  • Emotion Management & Calming Strategies

  • Problem-Solving & Assertiveness

Classroom Guidance

Second Step is a research-based curriculum that promotes social emotional growth in children. It teaches empathy, emotion management, and problem solving. Second Step lessons are taught by the school counselor in the classroom on a weekly basis.

In addition to Second Step, students also receive lessons on:

Other Direct Services

As a school counselor, my job is to ensure that students are feeling comfortable and safe at school. Some other services include: 

  • Welcoming and transitioning new students to school.

  • Partnering and communicating with parents and guardians. 

  • Referring families to outside resources. 

  • Anything else you might need, just ask!