Counseling

Supporting the Whole Child

The Lovett School is dedicated to supporting whole child wellness by providing compassionate, comprehensive, and developmentally appropriate programs addressing the social and emotional needs of all students from Kindergarten through Grade 12.

Lovett’s school counselors serve as advocates for all students. Counseling services are an integral part of student education and help our students reach their full potential. Lovett’s counseling program includes direct services such as classroom guidance instruction, individual counseling, and small group meetings, as well as indirect services such as consultation, collaboration, and referrals.

Our school counselors are partners in education with students, teachers, families, and community members. We value our partnership with families and strive to build strong and lasting relationships that promote student success. The counselors work collaboratively with teachers and families to develop healthy, resilient, responsible, and successful citizens of the world. The counselors strive to develop connections with our families and appreciate each individual student's identity.

Our doors are open to the Lovett family. We invite students, parents, faculty, and staff to visit our office, introduce themselves, and get to know their divisional counselors.

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  • Lower School Counseling

    Lovett was founded with an emphasis on developing and supporting whole child wellness. In alignment with the mission, purpose, and core values of the School, the Lower School’s school psychologist and counselor prioritize student social and emotional development. Through individual counseling, small groups, classroom guidance lessons, programs, speakers, and parent partnerships, the school psychologist and counselor identify and address personal, social, and academic needs. The guidance and counseling program in the Lower School strives to serve the needs of all students through:

    Classroom Guidance
    This is the largest part of the counseling program and is designed to be preventative in nature. The following areas are addressed in each classroom: 
    • Interpersonal relationships 
    • Values
    • Self-understanding 
    • Ethical decision making 
    • Responsibility 
    • Cooperation 
    • Feelings
    • Listening skills 
    • Problem solving 
    • Study skills
    • Navigating social media
    • Bullying prevention
    Small Group Guidance
    Small groups are run in the following areas:
    • Friendship skills
    • Behavior management
    • Peep relationships
    • Self-esteem 
    Other small groups are also run depending on the needs of the children as they arise. These types of groups include, but are not limited to, changing families, grief and loss, and anxiety.

    Individual Counseling
    We work with students on a short-term basis in areas such as:
    • Emotional concerns or crisis
    • Personal relationships
    • Problem solving
    • Anxiety
    • Grief
    Consultation
    We are available for consultation with parents, teachers, administration, and the community. Our efforts are focused on helping each child succeed at Lovett. 

    Counseling Program Overview
    Every day, Lovett’s counselors:
    • Encourage and facilitate the development of self
    • Promote access and equity for all students
    • Connect students and families to campus and community resources
    • Support mental wellness
    • Increase student interpersonal skills
    • Support managing emotions
    • Assist with problem-solving with peers
  • Middle School Counseling

    Through individual meetings, small groups, classroom guidance lessons, programs, speakers, and parent partnerships, the counselors identify and address the personal, social, and academic needs of all Middle School students.

    As part of our wellness initiative, all students participate in classroom guidance lessons throughout their three years of middle school. Guidance classes give us an opportunity to do proactive work with our students and develop and build upon their social-emotional resilience and skills. These classes provide a bridge to building and strengthening our relationships with the students. Our guidance program varies in each grade as our students are in distinct places developmentally. Topics for our guidance classes include kindness, effective communication, conflict resolution, self-esteem, healthy versus unhealthy friendships/relationships, managing stress and emotions, positive body image, and helping a friend. 

    Middle School counselors are also in charge of overseeing our advisory program. The advisory program connects each Middle School student with a faculty member who is supportive, invested, and knowledgeable about the student’s overall experience during the school year. It also helps increase communication between teachers, parents, and students.

    Partnering with our parents is pivotal in the success of our students. Our doors are open to our students and families as we support them through the successes and challenges that come alongside adolescent life transitions. 

    Counseling Program Overview
    Every day, Lovett’s counselors:
    • Encourage and facilitate the development of self
    • Promote access and equity for all students
    • Connect students and families to campus and community resources
    • Support mental wellness
    • Increase student interpersonal skills
    • Support managing emotions
    • Assist with problem-solving with peers
  • Upper School Counseling

    Upper School counselors provide opportunities and support for strengthening social and emotional development, deepening connections with each other, and appreciating each individual's unique self.

    Opportunities for students include short-term individual counseling, small group counseling, workshops, student orientations, and Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL). Through PAL, selected students explore their personal development and train in the areas of accountability, communication, change negotiation, team building, influence, organization, and the facilitation/teaching of small groups. The primary role of PALs is to help ninth grade students adjust to life in the Upper School, including orientation, regular advisory visits, small group academic follow-ups, and various social events throughout the year. PALs also befriend new students and are available to peers who want to discuss personal issues. 

    In addition, counselors work with faculty to offer classroom lessons with research-based curricula. Counselors liaison with community professionals to offer referrals for long-term support for students and connect with the community by arranging parent coffees, programs and visiting speakers, and consultations with parents and faculty.

    Counseling Program Overview
    Every day, Lovett’s counselors:
    • Encourage and facilitate the development of self
    • Promote access and equity for all students
    • Connect students and families to campus and community resources
    • Support mental wellness
    • Increase student interpersonal skills
    • Support managing emotions
    • Assist with problem-solving with peers
Counseling Team

Lower School
Emily Brown
School Counselor
Daena Shearer
Lower School Psychologist
 
Middle School
Sara Friedman
Director of K - 12 School Counseling
Ryan Veselsky
School Counselor
 
Upper School
Brenda Wall
School Counselor
Chere Stadler
School Counselor
Julie Mehta
School Counselor
The Lovett School is an independent, coeducational day school where children from Kindergarten through Grade 12 find the courage to explore and the drive to discover.

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