Student Life

School Counselor

At SBA, your child’s well-being is our priority, which is why we offer a school counselor who is available to provide services for the social, emotional and behavioral development of all students. These services are provided through integrated classroom programs, group counseling and individual support.
Bullying is a topic that is certainly in the news nationwide and a problem that more children are facing than ever before. We are tackling this issue head on with our nationally recognized Olweus Anti-Bullying campaign.

Additionally, pre-teen and teenage girls are often faced with issues as they mature. To encourage healthy self-images and relationships, our school counselor facilitates groups specifically for upper school female students levels 5-8. The group focuses on providing a safe and encouraging environment for discussion of timely and important issues such as: empowerment, self-esteem and awareness, problem-solving skills, and communication.

Other Services Provided include:

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  • Classroom Support

    The School Counselor is available for classroom educational support at all levels, facilitating conversations ranging from emotional regulations to safety with technology and responsible decision-making.
  • Group Counseling

    Group counseling will be initiated based on the shared issues and needs of individuals within a grade or developmental level. Parental consent is required for participation in counseling groups. Common group topics may include: gender related interests, self-esteem, divorce, diverse families, social skills, stress or anxiety, and grief among others.
  • Individual Counseling

    Individual counseling is provided to students on an as-needed basis. It can be crisis oriented and short-term, or it may be ongoing. The need for in-school counseling support is determined by whether a particular issue is interfering with a student’s school functioning. Outside referrals will be provided for students requiring support beyond that available through school counseling, i.e. therapy, long-term counseling, or psychosocial concerns.


    The following issues may be appropriate for individual school counseling:
    • emotion regulation
    • grief/loss
    • anxiety
    • social skills
    • depression
    • unexplained change in behavior
    • stress
    • ADHD skills training
    • study skills/academic support
    • family concerns or changes
    • friendships/relationships

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  • Read more about the specifics of the school counselor here.

    While it is the intention of the School Counselor to regularly meet with those students who have qualified plans or needs, due to the nature of this position regular meeting times and frequency cannot be guaranteed.
    Students who require support beyond what can be provided in the school setting will be referred to outside resources (psychological testing, therapy, family support services, or medication management)
    Referrals to the school counselor are usually made by teachers, school faculty, or parents; however, self-referral is also acceptable and common, especially among older students.