What services does a school counselor provide?

A school counselor, also known as a guidance counselor, offers academic, career, college, and social advice and guidance to children in grades K through 12. , a school counselor might assist a student with social challenges such as dealing with bullying or might help a student deal with problems at home. A school counselor also assists students in setting academic goals, and may also help students prepare themselves for college or careers. School counselors may also help mediate student/teacher conflicts, and help students through challenging situation taking place at home or school.

School Counselor

Tina Cruz

Guidance Counselor
BA in Psychology & PPS Credential

Counseling Support

School Counselor provides guidance, strategies and support to all students regarding concerns and struggles in areas of

  • Academic
  • Behavioral
  • Social
  • Emotional

Setting and visit durations

  • One on One – 5 to 30min visit
  • Group- 15-30min visit
  • Check-in- 5 to 15min
  • On-going- 20-30min up to twice a week per request of parent and/or student

Who can request a visit with school counselor

  • Parent
  • Student
  • Teacher
  • Administration
  • School counselor

How to contact school counselor


  • Call directly to confidential line and leave a detailed message (209) 536-5557
  • Call school (209) 533-7700 Ext. 219
  • Email detailed message


  • Stop by room 19
  • Ask your teacher or any staff member
  • Leave a note in office
  • Email

School counselor’s visits with a student are confidential unless that student is found harming self or others. Students are encouraged to talk with parents and/or school counselor will talk with parents if students ask for help in regards to personal matters. Students are told when the counselor will be calling home and the reason.

Students understand that their visits are in a safe and without judgment environment. The goal is to work together to gain strategies to solve problems, allow for safe venting and an area to refocus.

The school counselor and teachers work together on an appropriate time to visit so it does not impede on important instruction time but know that some students need immediate help and will adjust assignments accordingly.

Any questions please don’t hesitate to call, email or set up an appointment to meet with the school counselor

For our student’s privacy, please check in with the main office and they will call me to let me know you are here to speak with me. If you need to pick up your child then the office will call me and your child will meet you at the office. Thank you for your understanding of this procedure.

Hope everyone has a great school year!

Tina Cruz

School Counselor, Columbia Elementary

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