Much of my interaction with grades 5-8 is done on an individual basis. This might be everything from checking in on a student that has been absent frequently, discussing academic concerns, helping to resolve a friendship conflict, or meeting with a student on a weekly basis to help with a long-term concern.
School counselors work with students in short-term situations, and are not long-term therapists. Many times I am working in partnership with a therapist that the student is seeing outside of school. However, most of my time is spent handling common, everyday concerns - friendship issue, behavior in the classroom, family changes, and self-esteem issues.
I am able to work with all K-12 students in the building, they do not need to have a special education IEP, or a mental health diagnosis. Parents can ask me to visit with their child, teachers might ask me to visit with their student, but many times, the students themselves are the ones asking to meet with me.
What might a student visit with me about?
Feeling left out