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School Life


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 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:

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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 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."

Counseling Contacts

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  • Middle School Counselor

    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.
  • Upper School Counselor

    Ashley LeGrange, LMHC

    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.

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