Counseling Department

The School Counseling Program is designed to address the social, emotional, and developmental needs of students, families, and faculty that arise within the community. The School Counselor may provide short-term counseling, mental health assessments and consultation, crisis management, ongoing support, coaching, and referrals to community and mental health resources. Consultation and collaboration with teachers, administrators, Counseling department and All School Director of Wellness, families, and outside mental health professionals provide seamless service and support to students.

The primary facets of the School Counselor's role involve:
(1) providing direct counseling services,
(2) consultation with administration and faculty,
(3) wellness and social emotional education for students, faculty, and parents, and
(4) servings as a liaison amongst the school, students, parents, and outside agencies or professionals in order to plan and implement strategies for success of the individual student.

The St. John's School Counseling Department is composed of three counselors, one in each division. All three counselors work closely with the All School Director of Wellness and have significant training and experience in counseling, wellness education, therapeutic intervention, and program development. While the developmental differences among students help define the roles and responsibilities of counselors at each division level, all counselors work daily towards helping our students work towards the SJS mission of "development of a sense of self worth and of personal responsibility."

Wellness > Counseling Contacts

Lower School Counselor
Dr. Cynthia Powell
713.850.0222, Ext. 273
cpowell@sjs.org

Dr. Powell joined SJS in 2012 after working in public schools for over 30 years (17 as a counselor and 17 as a teacher) and in private practice for many years. She earned a M.Ed. in Special Education, a M.S. in Counseling from the University of Houston, and a Ph.D. in Counseling from Sam Houston State University.

Middle School Counselor
Pat Hamilton, LMFT
713.850.0222, Ext. 461
phamilton@sjs.org

Ms. Hamilton earned a M.S. in Counseling Psychology, with a specialty in marriage and family therapy. She has over a decade of experience in school counseling at private schools in California. She joined SJS in 2013.

Upper School Counselor
Kelli McCarty, LMFT
713.850.0222, Ext. 413
kmccarty@sjs.org

Ms. McCarty joined SJS in 2015. She earned a M.A. in Counseling Psychology from Argosy University. Before joining SJS, Ms. McCarty was a school counselor at a private school in California for 5 years.