School Counseling

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Hello, I'm Laverne Lawton! I'm Whale Branch Middle School's professional school counselor.

What is a School Counselor?
A school counselor, is a certified, trained, and caring professional who works with students, parents, teachers, staff and the community, in order for each student to achieve academic and social success. School Counseling services are delivered in four specific ways:
  1. School Counseling Lessons- I design and deliver lessons to all students, in all grades, in various classrooms. Lessons are based upon specific needs according to the school population in the following domains: personal/social, academic, and career.
  2. Individual Student Planning- I assist students with goal formation/planning for their futures on an individual, as needed, appointment basis. All 8th graders will have an Individualized Graduation Plan (IGP) meeting this school year.
  3. Responsive Services- I assist students with their needs for brief counseling, crisis intervention, consultation, referral, peer mediation, and other information. This is by appointment, and is brief in nature. If a student needs mental health counseling, I will refer a community counseling resource to the parents.
  4. System Support- I assist in school-wide program planning, I consult with other professionals, and coordinate of various supports for students and their families.


How to Contact?
I can be reached at 843.466.3070 or laverne. If you wish to meet in person, I'd be happy to set up an appointment. Or, your student can request to see me by placing an appointment slip or note in the lock box outside of my office.

Although the list is often endless, students may request to see me for a brief individual, or group appointment due to:


  • Friendship problems
  • New situations
  • Difficult decisions
  • Academic concerns
  • Family issues
  • Death or serious illness


Behaviors such as increased levels of anxiety, depression, or anger; a withdrawal from regular activities; or a reluctance to attend school may be signs that your child needs additional support beyond what the school counseling office can offer. I can also help put you in contact with the appropriate community agencies (see the list of resources/info for parents). If your family is experiencing an emergency that may impact your child at school, I can help you and the classroom teacher develop a plan to provide your child with some extra support until other services can be put in place.