Guidance counsellors assist students in solving problems related to choosing, planning, adjusting and achieving goals in educational, career, personal, social and spiritual areas. They are available to students in junior and senior high schools.

Counsellor at Our Lady of the Assumption

Graham McComiskey

e-mail: graham.mccomiskey@cssd.ab.ca

Phone # 403-500-2045

Confidentiality
Both parents and students often have questions regarding confidential information shared while visiting the school counsellor. First of all, the maintenance of confidentiality is critical for building a relationship with students that come to see me. There is a delicate balance that exists between student’s rights and desire to confidentiality and the parent’s right to know. I would like to assure both sides that confidentiality will be carefully managed. Parents can be assured that if any cause for concern regarding the student’s physical health and safety exists that they will be immediately informed. Part of the counselling process is helping the student and their family find community resources for support as well.

Access
Students at the school can meet with me on their own initiative, through a teacher’s suggestion or parents can call and request that I meet with their son or daughter.

Process
What Happens In A Counselling Session?

I will seek to help students understand and cope with any issues that may be concerning or troubling for them. My role is to offer support and understanding by listening and respond in a non-judgmental way. I can help students explore their feelings, make decisions, and make changes to positively influence their lives. However, I am not a long term therapist and quite often I will connect students and families to community and city services that can appropriately meet the student’s needs. Given the time constraints of a school day, our sessions are solution focused and not in-depth therapy.

How Will Confidentiality Be Honoured?

Students will be informed that most conversations they have with a school counsellor will be kept private and confidential. The only reason that confidentiality would be broken is if someone is facing imminent harm (e.g. if someone is hurting your child; if your child is hurting another person; or if there is a concern that your child wants to hurt himself/herself).

What Types Of Problems Can Be Helped Through Counselling?

Counselling is available to help students address most personal, relationship, or academic concerns.

Personal Concerns
Adolescence may be a difficult period of time for students. Counselling may be able to help students:

  • Manage anger and frustration
  • Overcome anxiety
  • Develop greater respect for self
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Deal with depression

Relationship Challenges
Relationship challenges can arise at any age. Counselling may be able to help students:

  • Deal with peer challenges
  • Deal with family concerns
  • Improve social skills
  • Create healthy relationships

School Performance Concerns
School can be a very demanding and challenging experience for students. Concerns may arise, leading to academic problems. Counselling could be a resource that may help students.

  • Improve school performance
  • Manage test and performance anxiety
  • Register for high school
  • Community Resources
  • Mental Health Connections

There are several organizations in Calgary that provide on-going mental wellness support. This is not an inclusive list but may be useful.

Access Mental Health
403-943-1500

Calgary Counselling Centre- sliding fee scale
www.calgarycounselling.com
403-4980

Catholic Family Services- sliding fee scale
http://www.cfs-ab.org/groups-offered
403-233-2360

Distress Center:
403-266-1605 (crisis line)

Distress Center/Teen Line:
403-264-8336


Guidance & Counselling

Guidance counsellors assist students in solving problems related to choosing, planning, adjusting and achieving goals in educational, career, personal, social and spiritual areas. They are available to students in junior and senior high schools.

Counsellor at Our Lady of the Assumption

Graham McComiskey

e-mail: graham.mccomiskey@cssd.ab.ca

Phone # 403-500-2045

Confidentiality
Both parents and students often have questions regarding confidential information shared while visiting the school counsellor. First of all, the maintenance of confidentiality is critical for building a relationship with students that come to see me. There is a delicate balance that exists between student’s rights and desire to confidentiality and the parent’s right to know. I would like to assure both sides that confidentiality will be carefully managed. Parents can be assured that if any cause for concern regarding the student’s physical health and safety exists that they will be immediately informed. Part of the counselling process is helping the student and their family find community resources for support as well.

Access
Students at the school can meet with me on their own initiative, through a teacher’s suggestion or parents can call and request that I meet with their son or daughter.

Process
What Happens In A Counselling Session?

I will seek to help students understand and cope with any issues that may be concerning or troubling for them. My role is to offer support and understanding by listening and respond in a non-judgmental way. I can help students explore their feelings, make decisions, and make changes to positively influence their lives. However, I am not a long term therapist and quite often I will connect students and families to community and city services that can appropriately meet the student’s needs. Given the time constraints of a school day, our sessions are solution focused and not in-depth therapy.

How Will Confidentiality Be Honoured?

Students will be informed that most conversations they have with a school counsellor will be kept private and confidential. The only reason that confidentiality would be broken is if someone is facing imminent harm (e.g. if someone is hurting your child; if your child is hurting another person; or if there is a concern that your child wants to hurt himself/herself).

What Types Of Problems Can Be Helped Through Counselling?

Counselling is available to help students address most personal, relationship, or academic concerns.

Personal Concerns
Adolescence may be a difficult period of time for students. Counselling may be able to help students:

  • Manage anger and frustration
  • Overcome anxiety
  • Develop greater respect for self
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Improve self-esteem
  • Improve self-confidence
  • Deal with depression

Relationship Challenges
Relationship challenges can arise at any age. Counselling may be able to help students:

  • Deal with peer challenges
  • Deal with family concerns
  • Improve social skills
  • Create healthy relationships

School Performance Concerns
School can be a very demanding and challenging experience for students. Concerns may arise, leading to academic problems. Counselling could be a resource that may help students.

  • Improve school performance
  • Manage test and performance anxiety
  • Register for high school
  • Community Resources
  • Mental Health Connections

There are several organizations in Calgary that provide on-going mental wellness support. This is not an inclusive list but may be useful.

Access Mental Health
403-943-1500

Calgary Counselling Centre- sliding fee scale
www.calgarycounselling.com
403-4980

Catholic Family Services- sliding fee scale
http://www.cfs-ab.org/groups-offered
403-233-2360

Distress Center:
403-266-1605 (crisis line)

Distress Center/Teen Line:
403-264-8336