students huggingCounseling

The counseling team at Catlin Gabel places high value upon knowing our students and families on a personal level. All three counselors offer individual, group, and family support. When circumstances and needs extend beyond the scope of brief counseling, we work with families to identify resources outside of the school, and then coordinate between parents, teachers, and outside service providers to ensure continuity of care.

Our counseling program emphasizes the importance of lifelong learning and provides educational seminars and parent workshops to ensure that our community has information, current best practices, and strategies for addressing the social and emotional well-being of our students. We provide information on a variety of topics ranging from substance abuse and use, parenting skills, mental health, and social and emotional well-being.

We provide students with current research and information related to life skills that enhance their ability to make safe and healthy decisions. Our goal is to help students become self-sufficient and knowledgeable about accessing information in the spirit of sound decision-making. Our approach is strength based: we believe that students are best positioned to make changes when they are supported in drawing on what is already working in their lives. Additionally, as students move between divisions, counselors share information to ensure the continuity of services to best serve each student’s needs.

Stephen Grant, MS, LCSW, Beginning and Lower School counselor
Kristin Ogard, MA, LPC, Middle School counselor
Casey Mills, MS, LPC, Upper School counselor
Kathleen (Kate) Grant, M.Ed (Counseling and Consulting Psychology), Upper School counselor

An independent preschool through 12th grade day school in Portland, Oregon
8825 SW Barnes Road,
Portland, Oregon 97225 |
503-297-1894 |

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