Counseling Services

Hello OLG students and families,

In addition to teaching social-emotional learning lessons, I also provide a wide variety of counseling services to individual students, small groups, families, and staff.  Read further to find out more information about these services.

Individual Counseling

Student Counseling Request Form –  For students to use who would like to request a meeting to see Ms. Kristin

Parent/Caregiver Counseling Request Form –  For parents/caregivers to use to request their child to see Ms. Kristin or would like to request a meeting for support

Individual counseling can be provided for students, as needed, on a short-term basis.  Students who are needing longer-term, more intensive counseling support will be referred to community providers.

Small Group Counseling

Throughout the school year, I will provide small group counseling for a wide variety of topics, including friendship, social skills, emotion regulation, divorce/separation, and relaxation/anxiety management.  If there is a particular type of group you would like your child to participate in, please contact me.

Counseling Referrals

If you would like assistance with finding a community-based counselor, please contact me for a referral.  I keep an extensive referral list that I would be happy to share with you and may be able to make specific recommendations, based on your need and situation.

Family Supports

Families who are going through difficulties or would like extra support can meet with me to get help for a wide variety of needs.  If you are going financial stress, I can provide suggestions for community resources.  If you are experiencing parent-child conflict, I can help with mediation and conflict resolution.  If there are other stressors, please don’t hesitate to ask for support.  I would be happy to help.

Mental Health Articles

I also make recommendations of materials for families and students who are experiencing a variety of challenges.  Please see my list of helpful articles below, organized by topic:

Anxiety

Anxiety about returning to school during the pandemic – Advice about how to help your child work through their fears about returning to in-person learning

Ways to help kids who worry – Tips and tricks for helping kid with anxiety, including activities and suggestions about how to talk with them

What to teach kids about anxiety – A counselor shares concepts that you should talk about with your child if he/she is feeling anxious

What to say to a child who is anxious – Great examples of things you can say to help your child’s anxiety

Ways to calm your child’s anxiety – Several examples of coping skills activities you can do with your child to help him/her calm down

Mindfulness and Calming Videos – Mindfulness is a research-based approach to reducing anxiety.  Cosmic Kids has a YouTube channel with lots of mindfulness and calming strategies kids can do.

Mindfulness and Meditation Apps – Here’s a great list of the apps to help kids improve mindfulness and reduce anxiety.

Attention / ADHD

Best research-based interventions for ADHD – A great compilation of best approaches to treating ADHD

A guide to executive functioning – Harvard has a helpful site of strategies and recommendations for building executive functioning skills

ADDitude – Comprehensive web site with the latest recommendations and best practices for helping people with ADHD issues

CDC’s recommendations for ADHD treatment

CHADD – Children and Adults with ADHD is a non-profit organization that supports and advocates for children and families affected by ADHD

Family Changes and Divorce / Separation

Helping kids through a divorce – Recommendations of strategies for helping your child move through the challenges of divorce (or separation)

Supporting children during a divorce – A description of the common feelings children have following a divorce and how to validate them

Psychological effects of divorce on children – A list of common effects of divorce on children and how to prevent them

Books to read to children about divorce or separation – Here is a list of several helpful books that you can read with your child to begin a conversation about many of the issues around divorce/separation

Grief and Loss

The Dougy Center – The National Center for Grieving Children and Families that provides a wealth of resources about grief and loss

Safe Crossings – A Seattle-based organization associated with Providence Hospital that provides grief and loss counseling, support groups, and online resources.

Eluna Network – A comprehensive list of grief resources, including grieving death from an addiction

Our House – Lists of grief resources by developmental levels

Judi’s House Grief Activities for Home – List of activities kids and teens can do to work through their grieving at home

Helping Someone Who’s Grieving a Loss – Tips for how to support someone who is grieving