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Counselor's Corner

 
 
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At Westgate, we stress the importance of social emotional and academic needs. Everyone is quite different and lead very unique lives; therefore, individuals could be experiencing something bothersome or concerning at any time in their life. The counseling department at Westgate is also invested in post secondary guidance that will provide a healthy foundation for optimal development. 


Distance Learning Virtual Office Hours: Monday - Friday, 1:00 to 3:30 pm 
Please email Ms. Washington or submit a Counselor Request to schedule a meeting during the office hours

 
What does a school counselor do anyway?
 
Reasons students might want to talk to the School Counselor:
  • "I had an argument with my best friend and she doesn't want to be my friend anymore."
  • "I need help picking out my FRCC classes."
  • "I need help with time management and organization skills."
  • "Some kids in my science class are talking about fighting after school."
  • "My parents argue all the time and I don't know what to do."
  • "My grandfather is really sick and I'm scared he's going to die."
  • "My mom just had a baby and she doesn't have time for me anymore."
  • "We're moving again!"
  • "My dad wants me to be an engineer like him, but I want to be a pilot."
  • "I am not feeling safe and want to harm myself."
  • "I overheard my friend saying that she wants to hurt others."
 

Reasons parents/guardians might want to talk to the School Counselor:

  • "This is John's third school this year, and he's having difficulty adjusting."
  • "My husband is being deployed in two weeks and Carolyn may need some help coping with this change."
  • "Sam used to be excited about school, but lately he doesn't seem to care."
  • "My wife and I recently separated and our daughter could use some help understanding this."
  • "My son seems to be the target of some teasing and bullying after school.  Can you help?"
 
AND REMEMBER: 
What is shared with the counselor stays confidential, UNLESS what is stated refers back to the 3H's:
1) Harm to self
2) Harm to others, including threats to buildings/entities 
3) Harm is being (or has been done) to you or someone you know, in which someone is at risk
 
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Resources: 

Safe 2 Tell - 877-542-7233
 
Home Safe - 720-972-SAFE (7233) 
 - In the event of an evacuation and a student walks or drives home, they can call in and let us know they are safe. 
 
Colorado Crisis Support - 844-493-TALK (8255)
 - Available 24/7/365 for behavioral health crisis access. 
 
Thornton Police Emergency = 911
Nonemergency = 720-977-5150
 
Thornton Fire Emergency = 911
Nonemergency = 303-538-7602