East Ridge Guidance and Counseling Center:

Paula Carmichael, School Counselor


School Counselors help children through the Guidance Program. Classroom guidance is an important part of the counseling curriculum. The counselor will meet with classrooms for character education and lessons on courtesy, health, caring, goal setting, honesty, responsibility, conflict resolution, feelings, and esteem. Small Group Counseling is also an important part of the Guidance Program at East Ridge. 

Some groups are designed to help students develop skills to deal with anger, grief, and separation and/or divorce. Other groups are organized to assist with self-esteem issues, friendship and social skills, problem-solving techniques, and other issues students encounter daily.


Counselors are the heart of the school by:

  • Helping create a safe school environment where children can learn
  • Coordinating referrals to outside agencies
  • Helping design interventions to enhance student success
  • Developing community partnerships to enhance student career awareness
  • Helping teachers create a positive learning environment
  • Helping students learn anger management, conflict resolution, and mediation skills
  • Helping parents, teachers, and administrators learn how to meet the needs of all students

Why do parents contact the school counselor?

  • Concerns over student achievement
  • Family health problems
  • Discuss special needs of children
  • Family difficulties or concerns

How does a student see a school counselor?

  • Parent referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Self referral
  • Request of another counselor