The Branson School offers counseling by a licensed marriage and family therapist to assess students’ needs and to provide support. If the counseling services are used on an on-going basis, the parents will be contacted to give consent for continued services. The counseling sessions are confidential unless the student presents a physical danger to self or others or if child abuse/neglect is suspected. The parents will be contacted by the counselor to discuss students’ needs, provide appropriate outside referrals, and to disclose any of the above stated concerns.
The counseling office is open 5 days a week (check the door and outside bulletin boards for weekly schedules which are subject to change). The office is a comfortable, safe, and inviting environment for students to talk about issues affecting them at school and elsewhere. Students may drop in or make an appointment through email.
Sometimes students meet within peer groups, with their parents, teachers, advisors or other outside professionals along with the school counselor. Ongoing progress is monitored and relevant information is shared with teachers and school administration with the students’ knowledge and permission, with the sole purpose of helping the student be maximally successful and happy at Branson.
About the Director of Student CounselingKim has been counseling students and families since 2000 and worked in public elementary and high schools and community mental health agencies before coming to Branson in 2007. Previously she was a preschool and elementary teacher for 8 years and taught in both public and independent schools. Kim’s expertise is working with adolescents and their parents and she has vast knowledge of human development. She uses a variety of counseling modalities including cognitive behavioral methods, solution-focused therapy, and sandplay (a non-verbal therapy where students place miniature objects in the sand to visualize an issue they are working through). Kim strives to build trust with the students and is an advocate for them on campus. Along with counseling, Kim also provides snacks, games, and comfort for kids when the normal, daily stress of being a teen becomes overwhelming.