Individual Counseling
    I work with students one-on-one to discuss sensitive issues such as relationships, personal concerns, or developmantal tasks.  I also assist students in finding solutions to issues that arise and solving problems right away (Sink, 2005).
    Small Group Counseling
    Small groups are beneficial for students because it allows them to share their thoughts and feelings with other peers their age.  In the elementary level, topics of small groups may include friendships, peer pressure, grief, changing families, etc.  (Sink, 2005).
    The Process
    1. A student may be referred to Individual or Small Group counseling by his/her teacher, counselor, or parent/guardian. 
    2. I will send home a permission form to parent/guardian.
    3. If given permission, I will work with the student for an allotted period of time. 

    Whatever your child shares with the counselor is considered confidential information.  Only in the following rare circumstances would the counselor be required to release confidential information:

    • If the child gives serious indications that she/he is likely to harm self or others.
    • If the child indicates she/he is being abused.
    • If a court order is given.

    These exceptions are ethical and legal requirements in theState of Washington,which are meant to protect your interests and the interests of others.

    *Sink, C. (2005). Contemporary school counseling: Theory, research, and practice. Boston, MA: Lahaska/Houghton Mifflin.