I meet with students in various settings and I am very visible throughout the school. When you meet with Ms. Patton, “you are not in trouble, or have a concern.” We all make mistakes, and in group counseling, we come up with a plan that helps us to learn!
The students and I enjoy “lunch bunch,”where we celebrate positive academic and emotional growth. All students can benefit from the opportunity to learn and rehearse new skills in a safe and positive setting. I meet with students individually, in small groups, and in classroom guidance.
Referrals to the counselor may be made by the child, parent, or teacher. Individual counseling is not therapy; individual counseling involves short-term interventions, and is not to be considered therapeutic counseling.
Topics that might be discussed include:
• Peer interactions (difficulty making, keeping, or getting along with peers/friends)
• Decision making
• Family changes (new home, new school, divorce and illness)
• Classroom and school related problems (behavior, motivational issues, test anxiety, organization/study habits).
Ms. Patton is available for parent consultation on academic and social concerns. Also to find resources related to their child's social, emotional needs. Please feel free to contact me at
Referrals to small group counseling may be made by the child, parent, or teacher. The counselor frequently meets with small groups of students who may have similar concerns, such as:
• Self-esteem and social skills
• Study skills
• Conflict or anger management
Small groups are arranged carefully around lunch, not during instructional times. This is only with parental permission.
About six-7 times a year, the counselor will visit each classroom to conduct mini-lessons for all students. Some of the topics are:
• Bullying prevention
• Identifying learning styles and 7 types of Intelligence
• Study/test-taking skills, stress management
• Social Skills & Conflict management skills.
• Career exploration
• Personal safety
• Peer pressure strategies
• Goal setting
• Transition to Middle School