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    School Counseling at Thornton Creek

    The School Counseling program helps to support the social and emotional well-being for all students at Thornton Creek. The School Counselor provides support by collaborating with educators, families, and the community to maximize every student’s potential. The Counselor is committed to promoting a safe, welcoming environment where academics and healthy relationships are nurtured to promote lifelong learning and global citizenship

    Basic Services:

    Classroom Lessons: The Counselor visits each classroom teaching social-emotional lessons to help students work on skill development, communication, problem solving, bullying, friendship, emotion management and more. 

    Small Groups: The Counselor also works with students in small counseling groups for a variety of needs including: grief and loss, conflict resolution, coping skills, and other social skill-building topics. Students can be referred by teachers, staff, and families for counseling groups.

    1 on 1 support: The Counselor also works with students individually. While unable to provide long-term counseling, they can offer short-term solution-focused counseling sessions with a student. The counselor will refer out if a student is in need of an outside therapist.

    Additional Services:

    • Academic Problem Solving
    • Connecting families to community and mental health resources
    • Collaborating with teachers and families
    • Serving on Student Support Team
    • Coordinating 504 services


    The Counselor uses a variety of resources as part of the school counseling program:

    • Zones of Regulation
    • Second Step
    • <
    • MindUp
    • Responsive Classroom
    • And many other books and resources!

    How to Access Counseling Services at Thornton Creek:

    Anyone can access or request services for a student if concerns arise. Those who typically refer students to the counselor are:

    • Families
    • Teachers
    • Admin
    • Specialists
    • Students are able to self-refer themselves by completing an “I need to see the counselor” form, found outside of the counselor’s office, as well as in their classroom.

    How? Simply call or email with your concern.

    Online and Community Resources

    Please note that this is a resource list and none of the providers are affiliated with or endorsed by SPS.

    Social Skills Groups

    NE Seattle Counselors and Psychologists

    Children’s Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Outpatient Clinic
    Sand Point location

    Accepts Medicaid, Apple
    (Also try Children’s Overlake location, sometimes less wait)

    Ryther Child Institute
    Main: 206.525.5050
    Lake City location
    Accepts Medicaid, Apple

    Multidisciplinary Practice for Child Behavior/Development
    Northgate location

    Seattle Psychology
    Wallingford location

    Sound Mental Health
    Northgate Location
    Accepts Medicaid, Apple

    Community Psychiatric Clinic
    (206) 461-4544 
    Northgate, Lake City and Wallingford locations
    Accepts Apple, Medicaid

    University of Washington Psychotherapy Clinic
    University District location
    Provides mental health services to children, adults and families
    2nd Year PhD Graduate Students
    Affordable Sliding Scale

    Center for Human Services
    Shoreline location 
    (206) 362-7282
    Accepts Apple, Medicaid

    Crisis Connections
    Crisis Connections Community Resources Online (CRO) is the most up to date and comprehensive database of health and human services available for all of Washington State.

    Puget Sound Adlerian Society Parenting Calendar
    A great online resource for parenting classes, support groups, and parent education events in the local area.

    Think Before You Link
    An internet safety resource for adults and kids. The Student section has a fun interactive way of teaching cyber safety for grades 3-8.

    Common Sense Media
    Common Sense Media is the leading source of entertainment and technology recommendations for families.

    Sound Discipline
    Helps families and schools build respectful relationships with children using Positive Discipline approaches. Workshops and training available for families and educators.

    SENG: Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted
    A resource to help families of academically advanced students meet emotional needs and challenges.

    Books that Heal
    A bibliotherapy blog with children’s books on various topics to help address emotions, development, and life’s changes and challenges.

    Parents Helping Parents
    A nonprofit parent-directed family resource that provides guidance, support, and services to children with special needs and their families.

    Parent Toolkit
    Parent Toolkit is a one-stop resource developed with parents in mind. It is produced by NBC News Education Nation and supported by Pearson. It includes information about almost every aspect of your child's development.

    Keri Kochvar
    7712 40th Ave NE
    Seattle, WA 98115

    p. 206-252-5262


    Why might families contact the counselor?

    There are many common challenges that students experience as they make their way through elementary school. Our counseling program aims to assist with these issues and to alleviate the struggle that kids undergo. The following are some reasons families might contact the counselor:

    • Difficulty making friends
    • Academic concerns
    • Family changes (moving, death, divorce, etc.)
    • Home stress
    • Bullying
    • Resources or referrals to community agencies
    • To discuss special needs for your child
    • If you are homeless
    • Crisis
    • Behavior concerns

    Emergency Contacts:

    If you are in need of help and it is after school hours, please use the following resources

    Crisis Line: (206) 461-3222

    Child Protective/Family Reconciliation Services:

    Day: 1-800-609-8764

    Night: 1-800-562-5624

    Other Types of Assistance Such as Food, Shelter, Clothing, and Healthcare:

    Dial: 211 or (206) 461-3200

    Police Department Emergency: Dial 911