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SJS Counseling

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 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:

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  • 1. Providing direct counseling services

  • 2. Consultation with administration and faculty

  • 3. Wellness and social emotional education for students, faculty, and parents

  • 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 four counselors. All four counselors work closely with the 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 towards helping our students work towards the SJS mission of "development of a sense of self worth and of personal responsibility."

Counseling Contacts

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  • Lower School Counselor

    Bianca Nuila
    713.850.0222, Ext. 461

    Upon graduating from Sam Houston State University with a BS in Interdisciplinary Studies, Bianca began teaching 5th grade in Klein ISD. Once she earned her MEd in School Counseling from Lamar University, she remained at the same school but shifted to a K-5 counseling role. She is eager to support students, parents, and teachers as they strive to attain their social, emotional, and academic goals.
  • Middle School Counselor

    Erin Shelton
    713.850.0222, Ext. 327

    Erin earned her Bachelor's in Child Studies and Language Development from Southwestern University and her Master's in School Counseling from Dallas Baptist University. Erin began her career as a teacher of students with special needs and brings over thirteen years of experience in school counseling, having worked as a counselor in elementary and junior high school settings in both public and independent schools.
  • Upper School Counselor

    Jake Davis
    713.850.0222, Ext. 214

    Jake earned a BA in Speech Communication from California State University and a MA in Special Education and a PPSC in School Counseling. He is a credentialed school counselor with experience working in elementary, middle, and upper school settings in independent schools in both Seattle and Silicon Valley in California—most recently Menlo School in Atherton, CA where he served as counselor for the past 3 years. His work is centered around compassionate practices with an emotion-focused lens so that individuals can ultimately employ evidence-based strategies.
  • Upper School Counselor

    Ashley LeGrange, LMHC
    713.850.0222, Ext. 413

    Ms. Ashley Le Grange is a Licensed Mental Health Counselor, Qualified Supervisor, Nationally Certified Counselor and Certified Facilitator in Daring Way (Brene Brown's work). She received her BA from the University of Tampa in international communications and French, and she received her MA in counseling, specializing in both mental health and school counseling, from Adams State University in Alamosa, CO. Ashley has worked as a counselor in Middle and Upper School settings to promote social and emotional health. Before coming to St. John's, she started and ran a teen-initiated non-profit, Stand Up Foundation, ran a private clinical practice specializing in substance abuse and eating disorders in teens, and also was a consultant for FCD Prevention Works.
  • Counselor & Wellness Coordinator

    Dr. Cynthia Powell
    713.850.0222, Ext. 273

    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.

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