As school counselors, our primary role is to help students learn and develop to their highest potential socially, emotionally, and academically. Ecoff’s counselors are here to help students work through issues that interfere with learning. The counseling program provides students with early interventions as well as preventative strategies so that ALL students benefit.

Please visit The Counselor Connection for all of your counseling needs.

For more information, you can also contact the School Counselor at (804) 768-6185.
Lauren Watts
Melanie Mincey

Lauren Watts is starting her third year at Ecoff! She earned her Bachelor’s Degree from Christopher Newport University and her Master’s Degree in Counselor Education from VCU. She is also a graduate of Chesterfield County Public Schools and has worked at many schools in Chesterfield at the elementary and middle school levels. She will be at Ecoff Monday-Friday.  She is very excited to see all of Ecoff’s returning students and families and to welcome all of the new faces this school year!

Melanie Mincey is new to Ecoff this year.  She will be at Ecoff on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and every other Friday.  Melanie is at Beulah on Mondays, Wednesdays, and every other Friday.  She is excited to meet everyone!

Classroom guidance lessons are extremely important in the school setting. Classroom guidance allows a counselor to be proactive in a variety of areas to a large number of students. Guidance lessons are effective and time efficient.

Academic/Educational Domain (K-5)
Personal/Social Development Domain (K-5)
Career Development Domain (K-5)In assuming these responsibilities, the school counselor strives to:

  • Aid children in academic development
  • Foster more effective learning climates for children
  • Help children develop healthy self-concepts
  • Assist children in developing self-direction
  • Provide opportunities for children to establish good relationships with others
  • Encourage wholesome attitudes toward the world of work and a desire to contribute

At Ecoff, the School Counselors offer the following services:

  • Classroom Guidance Lessons
  • Small Group Counseling (on a referral basis only)
  • Individual Counseling

(Please Note: we do not provide long term therapy, however we can provide a community resource list if needed.)

If you are interested in learning more about these services, please contact us at or