Addressing the Counseling Stigma
A person’s social and emotional well being is as important as reading, math, and writing. Many times, one’s feelings and emotions can interfere with what it is they need to complete or accomplish in their daily life. Having feelings and emotions that are overwhelming or challenging is a normal part of life. We can help students learn not only how to identify and label emotions but also how to take care of themselves. We try very hard to remove the stigma behind counseling by letting everyone know that it is okay to have whatever feeling(s) that is present. Our counseling staff, trainees and associates are highly trained to maintain the utmost confidence with you and your child. We take confidentiality very seriously and will work with you to maintain this within the parameters of our schools. By state law, counseling services are not a part of the student’s educational record.
Parents and Care Providers might question about when is it appropriate to reach out for social/emotional assistance for their child. They might question or identify one or more of the following topics:
- “My child does not seem to have friends at school.”
- “COVID 19 – Shelter in Place and Social Distancing has affected my child and I don’t know how to support my child.”
- “My spouse and I are separating or getting a divorce.”
- “There has been a loss or death in the family.”
- “My child may be suffering from anxiety or depression, and I do not know what to do.”
- “My child has seen or witnessed a great deal such as the devastation of the fires.”
There might be other reasons not mentioned, but, regardless, we can be help to you. Please reach out to us or your teacher for more information about our program and to see how we can best help.
A parent might ask, “How can counseling help my son or daughter?”
- Counseling can help students work through and manage strong emotions and feelings. It can be a difficult task to have students try to learn academics when they have worry, anxiousness, sadness or anger present.
- Counseling can help a student build a better sense of who they are and feel confident in being able to identify their strengths. Our approach to counseling resembles Rogerian theories around unconditional positive regard, cognitive behavioral strategies, solution-focused approaches, and talk therapy/counseling.
- Counseling can help students develop better interpersonal skills with classmates, friends, teachers, parents, and other adults.
- Counseling can help students feel better about themselves, and their self esteem.