Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the School Counselor Page!

Here you will find counseling forms, ideas for strategies to try at home, and links to helpful resources.

 Thanks for stopping by!

Ms. Sonja Bruce, Ed.M.
School Counselor
Castle Rock Primary & Intermediate Schools

(360) 501-3129

Download the Remind app here if you'd like to stay in contact via text message!  

Go Seahawks!  

 About me:

Hi! This is my 3rd year as a counselor, but my 13th year working with students in a school setting. I love the elementary grades and all the exploring, learning, and fun we get to have!

          I have a master’s degree in School Counseling, a bachelor’s in Psychology, and a minor in Early Childhood Education- I love working with inquisitive little minds and their families! I went to college in Pullman, WA at Washington State University (Go Cougs!) and moved to Honolulu, HI after graduation. I lived there for 2.5 years (where I worked as a Preschool Counselor) before moving back to the Pacific Northwest. I then taught at a Head Start program for the next 5 years in Portland, OR. I grew up in Kelso, WA and am thrilled to be back in my old stomping grounds!

            As the school counselor, I am here to serve all students. Social and Emotional wellness is key to academic success. My job is to support your child in this need, as well as in Academic Success & Career Readiness, so that they can be their best self! Please explore my website for more information about the services I provide and feel free to contact me any time!

So, what does a School Counselor do?


A School Counselor does…

  • Work with ALL students to encourage a safe school climate- We are CRES!
  • Deliver classroom lessons that align with PBIS, school-wide rules, and the ASCA (American School Counselor Association) National Model and Standards.
  • Facilitate small groups
  • Meet individually with students to to brief, solution-focused counseling.
  • Help students who are struggling to make positive behavior choices.
  • Collaborate with parents/guardians, teachers, support staff, and administration. 

  • Maintain confidentiality of students and their families, unless there is a need to know or safety concern.
  • Provide education and information about student's social-emotional needs.

A School Counselor does NOT

  • Work with only special education, general education, or "problem" students.
  • Assign grades after lessons or teach academic subjects.

  • Facilitate therapy groups.
  • Meet individually with students to do long-term mental health therapy.
  • Handle the discipline or assign consequences.

  • Collaborate with only one person. A team approach including the School Counselor works best!
  • Share information about students and their families to appease the curiosity of others.

  • Tell teachers how to teach in their classrooms or tell parents how to parent at home.

        Read about the Role of a Professional School Counselor here.

 A peek into student services provided by the school counselor at Castle Rock Primary and Intermediate:

·         Weekly social-emotional lessons in grades EK-2 using a specified curriculum.

·         Monthly lessons in grades 3-5 related to social-emotional skills, academic success, and/or career readiness.

·         Weekly small groups working on specific skills starting in September or October. Groups will run 1x/week for 30-40 minutes for 4-8 weeks.

o   The majority of the students meeting in these groups will be identified by teachers. Additional students can be referred by parents and other staff members

o   Additional rounds of small groups will start in January and April.

o   These groups focus on a variety of skills related to (but not limited to) the following:

§  social skills

§  emotional regulation

§  behavior

§  grief

§  family changes (i.e. divorce)

§  academic skills (i.e. organization, test anxiety, setting goals, etc.)

§  career exploration

·         Individual counseling on an as-needed basis, weekly for 4-8 weeks. 

    **Any students needing long-term counseling will be referred to community mental health agency.

 A NEW program for parents & guardians starting this school year-

Coffee with the Counselor!

30 minutes of training, discussion, and/or question time surrounding various topics including behavior management strategies for at home, the effects of screen time, how to help your child succeed, and more! 

Click here to take a survey regarding which topics you would be interested in and what day/time would work best for you!


How can my child see the School Counselor?

OR you can call, e-mail, or stop by the school to discuss your concerns with me! Together we will determine what course of action might best support your child:
  • Strategies to be implemented in the classroom
  • Joining a small group to work on specific skills
  • Short-term individual counseling
  • Referral out to a community mental health provider

More detailed instructions and forms here:
       How can I contact the 
        School Counselor?

Phone Number: (360) 501-3129
Remind app (like text messaging): Download here!
*In case of emergency, please call the school office:
Primary: (360) 501-2900
Intermediate: (360) 501-2910

To read the "Meet the School Counselor" letter and the School Counseling Program brochure, click below!


Helpful links

Click the link above for information regarding parenting classes including Love & Logic, The Incredible Years, Strengthening Families, and more!

Head Start Center for Inclusion
Tips and strategies for supporting children at home and in the classroom. Includes social stories, visuals, and 15 minute online trainings.

Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning

PBIS: Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports


We are CRES! 
Caring, Respectful, Responsible, Engaged, Safe

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