Individual School counseling is goal-oriented and generally short-term in nature. If a student needs ongoing counseling, the school counselor can provide contact information for community counselors in our area. 


    Individual School counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program. Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the students' immediate needs and concerns. It is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. Students may request counseling themselves by putting a “School Counselor Request” slip under the counselors’ office doors. The parent/guardian of a child, teacher, or administrator, may also refer a student. Counselors are mandated reporters and if students report unsafe conditions or situations, counselors are not allowed to keep that information confidential.



    Project Aware is an East Ridge counseling program available to all students that provides individual counseling to students at HMS.  There may be a fee associated with this service depending upon the type of insurance a family carries. The community counselor assigned to HMS will see individual students in our building during the school day.  We will do our best to schedule students around core classes.  Students will be referred for Project Aware by the School Counselor if they qualify for services.  Questions may be directed to the HMS School Counselors.  Mrs. Kersten or Ms. Sweeney at 304-754-3313 or contact Mrs. Kersten at Stephanie.Kersten@k12.wv.us