Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. O’Brien, and Mrs. Blocher are so excited to be your Spring Run School Counselors. The Spring Run Elementary School counselors work with students to help them develop their academic, social/emotional, and career skills through individual and group counseling as well as classroom counseling lessons. Counselors consult with parents, teachers, administrators and other professionals to provide students with the resources and services to help them be the best possible learners.

Parents/guardians, teachers, and students may each request to see or speak to a counselor. Parents/guardians, feel free to call or email your students’ grade-level counselor if you have any concerns about your child. Teachers can refer students to us and students can request to see us, either through their teacher (K-2) or a Google form (3-5). Students in grades 3-5 can access the form here.

Below is our contact information:

Rachel Anderson
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: (804) 639-6352 ext. 5634

Melanie O’Brien
Email: [email protected]
Phone number: (804) 639-6352 ext: 5312

Joy Blocher
Email: [email protected]
Phone Number: (804) 639-6352 ext. 5634

To learn more about what we are doing this year, please take a look around our school counseling website.

Three female counselors pose for a photo.

(L to R – Rachel Anderson, Melanie O’Brien, Joy Blocher)

Individual Counseling
Individual counseling is available to all students in need. A request for individual counseling may be made by a parent, teacher, administrator or student. Students are able to express concerns in a safe environment where problem solving can take place. Topics of concern may include: friendship, grief, anger management, anxiety, family changes and school attendance.

Techniques often used during individual counseling sessions are:
role playing, puppetry, storytelling, goal setting, counseling game playing, creation of art work and discussion.

Although we provide a multitude of services for students, intensive, long-term counseling is not available through the school counseling program.

Group Counseling
Small group counseling consists of several students, facilitated by the counselor, who are facing normal developmental issues. The small group setting serves as a way for students to talk about feelings and concerns with other children who have similar needs.

Each session is approximately 30 minutes and takes place once a week over six-eight weeks. Group times are coordinated with classroom teachers so as to disrupt as little instructional time as possible.

Some examples of small groups are:

  • Anger Management
  • Changing Families (divorce/separation/adoption)
  • Friendship (social skills)
  • Feeling Better About Me (self-concept/getting along better)
  • Grief and Loss

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
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