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Counseling Office

Mission Statement:

Saint James' Counseling Program is committed to assist the students with their academic, social, emotional and vocational needs, focusing on the students' specific strengths and abilities.  We recognize each child as an individual with unique gifts and talents, and will assist the student in focusing on those attributes rather than his/her limitations.  Services are available for all students, not just those with identified academic or emotional needs.

Program's Goal:

The counseling program's goal is to support, facilitate and provide the student the necessary tools to achieve his/her full potential and be successful in school.  This is possible when parents, school, and students, work together as a team towards the achievement of this goal.

Intellectual, social, physical and emotional issues are addressed.  Academic responsibility is taught, encouraged and reinforced.  The counselor assists the student to become more aware of alternatives to his/her situation, and supports the development of more effective problem solving and decision making skills. 

School guidance counseling is voluntary and confidential.  Referrals can be made by the student, parents, teachers, administrators or other appropriate school staff.  According to the Diocese of Arlington guidelines, parental permission is required for students if more than three sessions are needed for the student.  

How can the school counselor help your child?

Individual Counseling: 
Sessions will focus on student’s specific needs, strengths, and development of coping skills. 

Group Counseling:

  • Guidance Lessons: The counselor will visit the classrooms and teach lessons relevant to the groups’ age and specific needs. Some of the topics are: study skills, bullying, friendship/peer relations, character education, conflict resolution, stress management, problem solving, etc. 
  • Small Group Counseling: The counselor organizes groups that focus on learning a specific skill, or coping with a specific situation. These groups require previous parental consent. 
  • Mediation: The counselor serves as facilitator in the process of conflict resolution within a group of students, when their efforts to resolve the conflict independently have not been successful. 

The counselor consults regularly with teachers and is available to the parents via email, phone, or by appointment. The counselor also consults with other professionals (with parental permission) and community resources in order to provide parents with referrals and information to ensure the success of each child. 

Parents, if you do not wish your child to meet with the school counselor without your permission, please notify Mrs. Elsa Perez via e-mail or in writing.

St. James School Counselor's Schedule

Monday, Wednesday: 9 am - 2 pm
Friday: 9 am - 1 pm

Contact: Mrs. Elsa Perez