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.
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.
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.
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 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
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