Life Counselor

  • The role of the LIFE counselor is to Lead Individuals and Foster Empowerment with students.  LIFE Counselors establish productive relationships with students, parents, staff, and community members to achieve this goal.  LIFE Counselors utilize a multi-disciplinary team approach to ensure that student needs are being addressed.  The focus is on prevention and intervention to promote academic success, personal growth, and well-being.   Students are referred to the LIFE counseling program through a variety of avenues.  Teachers, school counselors, and school administrators are able to provide referrals based on observed needs.  Students can self-refer, and parents and/or guardians can reach out directly to refer their student.

    If you would like your student to see the LIFE Counselor at William Byrd High School, please contact:

    Lauren Pomeroy, LPC – lpomeroy@rcps.us
                                        540-3090 ext. 24019

    Students who exhibit symptoms of mental health concerns could benefit from support from a LIFE Counselor.  These include but are not limited to the following:

    • Depression
    • Anxiety
    • Stress management
    • Anger management
    • Defiance
    • Behavior
    • Substance use

    LIFE Groups

    LIFE groups generally meet once/week, for about 30-45 minutes, over the course of 8 weeks. Groups take place during the least disruptive time for students’ schedules, and most often occur during lunch or study halls. During small group counseling, students are given the opportunity to learn more about themselves, develop new tools such as coping skills, gain self-awareness, and build confidence.

    Topics will include, but not limited to:

    • Coping Skills & Wellness
    • Anger Management
    • Social Skills
    • Anxiety
    • Substance Use