About Your Counselor
My name is Katy Vancil and I have been a school counselor for 8 years. I graduated with a Master’s Degree in Education and School Counseling from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA where my husband and I lived until 2015. I began my career as a high school counselor, then spent 4 years in middle school. My husband an our two children moved to Seattle to continue work for a non-profit for urban youth and we’ve enjoyed our vibrant community here. Elementary counseling is a new and exciting experience for me and I look forward to what the year holds for our students.
Counseling Services for Students and Families
- Small groups– These groups tend to have 4-6 students and last from 6 weeks to the whole year, depending on need. These groups are mostly educational in focus and include role plays, games and other learning activities. Here are some topics that are covered:
- Friendship skills- making, keeping and resolving challenges with friends
- Emotional regulation- recognizing feelings, understanding where they come from, labeling feelings, expressing appropriately, and regulating. Groups can focus on challenging feelings like anger, sadness and anxiety, and can also address attention impulse control challenges
- Grief/loss/trauma- Because confidentiality cannot be guaranteed amongst the students, group conversations tend to be more general, with students being given the opportunity to process through writing exercises.
- Guidance lessons– Classroom lessons focus on various topics, including emotional regulation, bullying, and friendships
- 1:1 support– Because of the large number of students, school counselors are unable to provide regular, intensive therapy to individual students. I can meet with individual students for sessions, provide referrals as needed, and work with our staff to collaborate with outside providers.
- Family support– Nurse Scott Skoglund and I work with families to help them find needed support, including medical/mental health providers, food and clothing. We can help provide referrals for other needed services.
- Responsive services– My first responsibility is to provide immediate support for students and families during times of crisis.
How Students Are Referred
Students may be referred for counseling services by teachers, parents or administrators. They may also self-refer. It is View Ridge’s policy that regular participation in counseling services (not including guidance lessons) requires parent permission.
I look forward to working with View Ridge families!