Social emotional growth is an essential part of learning in adolescence. We are here to ensure students have a safe and confidential place to go when they’re faced with a problem, want some support, or just need to talk something through. It’s a resource for everyone!
Ally Thomas, LCSW • Director of Counseling
Blair Academy Counseling Services Offerings
Assessment of Needs
As with all things at Blair, our work is grounded in our mission of knowing our students well and preparing them to thrive in a diverse and complex world. We are committed to creating and sustaining an environment that allows students and adults to be and express their authentic selves across all lines of identity and difference. With this in mind, the assessment process includes collecting information on a student's current problem and general history, and screens for anxiety, depression, eating issues, substance related issues and academic challenges.
Blair provides confidential, student-centered, short-term and goal-oriented counseling to students addressing issues such as stress management, challenging relationships and academic struggles. Our counselors are experienced at working with students of diverse backgrounds and experiences and tailor their approach to individual students.
Coordination of Services with Outside Providers
School counselors will make referrals to outside professionals if it is determined that a student would benefit from additional support. Counselors are experienced in working with any treatment plan a family chooses, assisting parents in finding providers and collaborating with them to provide ongoing support to the student. Our counseling team can share with families the names of clinical psychologists who contract independently for counseling. The School also offers students private space on campus in which to meet with mental health professionals.
Counselors provide on-the-spot counseling for situations in which a student may need to process an unexpected or especially stressful problem or decision they’re faced with, such as roommate conflict.
24/7, Emergency On-Call Service
A Blair counselor is always available for on campus mental health emergencies. Students should go to the nearest adult or directly to the Health Center where a nurse will call the on-call counselor.
Hours & Scheduling an Appointment
School counselors are available for appointments:
- Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
- Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon.
Please note that School counselors are not able to provide services during breaks or in the summer months when school is not in session.
To schedule an appointment, contact one of Blair's School counselors listed below.
Ally Thomas, Director of Counseling, firstname.lastname@example.org or (908) 362-6121, ext. 5687
Melany Jimenez, School Counselor, email@example.com or (908) 362-6121, ext. 5609
Blair counselors are committed to replying within 48 hours of receiving an email.