13 Reasons Why Schools Need Counselors

School counselors are cringing nationwide as they watch Mr. Porter, the counselor in the book and Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, fumble through his role as the school counselor at Liberty High. Time and time again, Mr. Porter failed those who came to him for help. Now I get that characters need to act a certain way in order to further the storyline. They do things that don't make sense like [...]


Top 16 Posts for 2016

The end of the year is a great time to reflect on the highlights of the past 12 months! 2016 was a great year in so many respects...one of my favorite highlights for The Helpful Counselor is that over 500,000 NEW readers stopped by for a visit...Can you believe it? I even did a double take...What an honor! You guys seriously rock. It really is amazing! I went from being the [...]

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Sexual Victimization: The Locker Room is No Excuse

Locker rooms are no excuse to brag about sexually victimizing women. Period. This post isn't meant to be political. I'm not trying to persuade you to vote one way or another. (You can read about the controversy here if you wish to get some background information.) What I am asking of you is to be an advocate. Not an advocate for a specific person whether that be a presidential candidate or [...]

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School Counselor Must-Dos for the New School Year

The first few weeks of school is critical for school counselors for setting up their school counseling program. Luckily, there are several things we can do to ensure a smooth transition into the school year. In addition, you will be able to reap the benefits of the tips below throughout the school year. So, without further delay here are my tips for setting yourself up for a productive and effective school [...]

Louisiana Flood Fundraiser Gift Card Giveaway!

Several school counselors from Teachers Pay Teachers have banned together to raise funds for the counselors in the Louisiana Flood Zone. Together we have collected some of our favorite counseling products and made a massive counseling fundraising bundle as well as a collection of Teachers Pay Teachers gift cards we are going to give directly to counselors impacted by the flood so they can get the resources they need for their [...]


Louisiana Flood Fundraiser Counseling Bundle – Limited Time!

My heart sank, when floods ravaged Louisiana. While most of us were preparing for all of the joy and excitement that comes with a new school year,  school districts in LA were facing tragedy. Becoming a crisis response therapist is on the top of my bucket list but since I still have kids at home I'm not able to just up and go. So what's a helpful counselor to do when she's [...]

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