Counseling Corner

Counselors help students to be successful during high school by providing academic, social-emotional, and mental health support, as well as making referrals to supports in the community.  Benefits of school counseling include improved academic performance and increased confidence!

Meet the Counselors

Dr. Peters

PASSION: Helping students develop strategies to navigate everyday stresses and successfully graduate.

FUN FACT: She enjoys baking treats for students and colleagues.

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Ms. Butler

PASSION: Providing adolescents with academic, career, and emotional support.

FUN FACT: She loves to watch mystery movies.

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Ms. Palma

PASSION: Ensuring that students feel safe, accepted, and valued.

FUN FACT: She and Mr. Tabano both graduated from St. Bonaventure University.

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Mr. Taylor

PASSION: Listening and building healthy counselor-student relationships.

FUN FACT: Little Fires Everywhere is one of his favorite shows on Hulu.

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Ms. Antooa

PASSION: Showing students that it is a strength to be able to seek help when needed.

FUN FACT: She has reread the Harry Potter series many, many times.

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Ms. Lopez

PASSION: Promoting good decision making among students.

FUN FACT: She once ate cold jellyfish and does not recommend it!

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Ms. Rachko

PASSION: Empowering youth and advocating for survivors.

FUN FACT: She has 3 cats, a dog, a fish, and 3 snails.

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Reasons include concerns about:

  • Stress
  • Problems with school or studying
  • Coping with a difficult event
  • Relationships
  • Depressed mood
  • Anger
  • Anxiety 
  • Substance use
  • Eating too much or too little

 It's also okay if you are not sure what the problem is - we can help you explore that, too.  Please also note that if you are not on campus and have an urgent matter/are concerned for your health and safety, reach out to a trusted adult, NYC Well at 1-888-NYC-WELL (1-888-692-9355), dial 911, or visit your nearest hospital emergency room.

Counseling records are not part of your academic record. The counseling process is confidential and your counselor will strictly maintain that confidentially. Exceptions to confidentiality are:

  • If your safety is at risk
  • If the safety of another/others is at risk
  • If you give a counselor permission to speak to someone about something discussed during counseling
  1. Aunt Bertha - Search for free or reduced cost services, such as medical care, food, and job training in your community.

  2. Help When You Need It - Find food pantries, free clinics, mental health services, and more in your area.

  3. NYC Well - Provides free and confidential support through talk, text, and chat, for anyone who needs help with mental health and/or substance misuse concerns. Crisis intervention, information, and referral services are provided. NYC Well is available 24/7, all year round.  Find a mental health specialist in your area

  4. NYC Department of Mental Hygiene Teen Health Resources - Resources related to peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, bullying, dating violence, depression, anger, sexual health, and suicidal thoughts.

  5. Go Ask Alice! - This question and answer website contains a large database of questions about a variety of concerns surrounding emotional, mental, and physical health.

  6. Psychology Today Instagram @psych_today - Tips and information on relationships and mental health. 

  7. Mobile Apps for Coping and Self-Care:

  • Woebot - A friendly chat box available for emotional support
  • Stop, Breathe. Think - Guided meditation app with emotional check-ins 
  • Relax and Sleep - Choose from more than 50 ambient sounds, including white noise, thunder, rain, the ocean, lightning, water, birds, bugs, instruments, mechanical and nature noises. 
  • Tactical Breather - Can be used to gain control of heart rate, emotions, concentration, and other physiological and psychological responses to the body during stressful situations
  • Self-help for Anxiety Management - An app developed by a university team of psychologists, computer scientists and student users that offers a range of self-help methods for people who are serious about learning to manage their anxiety
  • Panic Relief - Breathing tools to help you deal with panic, stress and anxiety
  • Mindshift - Targets negative thought patterns
  • Mental health problems have nothing to do with being lazy or weak.  It often takes strength for people to ask for help.
  • Treatment for mental health disorders may include therapy, medication, or both.
  • Teenage alcohol use continues to drop - in 2019, rates of past-year alcohol use by students in 10th and 12th grades were at a 5-year low.
  • Friends and family can be important influences to help someone get the treatment and services they need by:
    • Reaching out and letting them know you are available to help
    • Helping them access mental health services
    • Learning and sharing the facts about mental health, especially if you hear something that isn't true
    • Treating them with respect, just as you would anyone else
    • Refusing to define them by their diagnosis or using labels such as "crazy"

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