School Counselor Connection

Southwest Elementary School

Meet Your School Counselors: Who We Are...

This is Rebecca Burkhart's first year at Southwest Elementary. She is your full time school counselor at SWES, 8:15-4:00 Mondays-Fridays. This is Mrs. Burkhart's fourth year as a school counselor, coming from a 5th-8th grade middle school. Prior to that, Mrs. Burkhart was a Pre-K teacher for 5 years. She works with all SWES students in classroom counseling lessons, grief small groups, and individual sessions.

A warm welcome to our part time school counselor, Diane Waters! She is with us on Mondays and Tuesdays 8:15-4:00, and Wednesday mornings 8:15-11:45. Ms. Waters will be leading social skills counseling groups, teaching career development classroom counseling lessons, and meeting with students individually.

If you would like to refer your student for brief school counseling, please fill out our secure online form:

Meet Your School Counselors: What We Do...

Classroom Counseling/Guidance Lessons: We work with teachers to provide classroom lessons to all students, in every grade in the areas of academic, career development and social/emotional awareness.

Individual Sessions by appointment: We work with some students who need more assistance one-on-one on an as needed basis for brief solution-focused counseling. If your student needs mental health counseling, we and the school social worker can provide a list of resources in Chatham County (or call your insurance for suggestions).

Group Counseling: Short term in nature and designed to meet students' immediate needs, small groups of 4-6 students who have a common need may meet with a school counselor in weekly sessions.

We Need Your Help!

Please take time to fill out our parent survey:

This will help us plan our school counseling program. Thank you!

What Does A School Counselor Do?

The 4 C's of School Counseling:

Counseling is available to individual students and small groups.

Consulting takes place between counselors and teachers/parents.

Coordinating the efforts of school personnel and community agencies is a function of the counselor.

Classroom counseling lessons follow a curriculum which is developed and based on state standards of learning.

How to contact the school counselor

  • Fill out an online referral request:
  • Email full time school counselor, Mrs. Burkhart:
  • Call us at 912.395.3301
  • Leave us a note or referral request in the main office. Office staff will ensure we get the note asap.
  • Behaviors such as increased levels of anxiety, depression, anger, and withdrawal from regular activities may be signs that your child needs additional support beyond what school counseling can offer. We can provide a list community resources for you to contact.
  • If your family is experiencing an emergency that may impact your child at school, let us or the school social worker know, so that we can help you and the classroom teacher develop a plan to provide your child with extra support until other services can be put in place.
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