Our school counselor at Frederick Douglass Elementary School is Amy Zimmerman. Mrs. Zimmerman is a licensed professional counselor with national certification. Mrs. Zimmerman offers a variety of counseling services in meeting the Virginia Board of Education counseling standards.
The nature of the school counseling program is to offer brief/solution focused counseling services to address the academic, career, and personal/social needs of students as they relate to academic success. School counseling services are not designed to be therapeutic. If at any time you feel like your child requires counseling services beyond what is provided at school, please contact Mrs. Zimmerman for a list of private practice options.
School counseling activities for students may include classroom guidance lessons, small group counseling opportunities as well as one on one counseling sessions. Students may be referred for counseling services by parents, teachers, administrators, or by self-referring.
Mrs. Zimmerman also teaches classroom lessons to all FDES classrooms throughout the year. Classroom lessons focus on social skills relating to self and others, as well as exploring the world of careers and developing good study habits. Small counseling groups may focus on self-awareness issues, peer relations, coping with loss and grief, anger management and issues of self-control, decision making and problem solving skills.
Parents are always welcome to stop by the counseling office and discuss counseling services or review materials. An appointment can also be made by calling the school counseling office number: 723-6676.