My name is Amanda (Chia) Hao-Rojas, I am the school counselor at Gomes elementary.

Please click into my google site HERE to learn more about me, my program, and resources that can help you and your student.

If you have any questions or concerns about your student, please feel free to reach out anytime!    
Phone: (510) 656-3414 ex.  32101

Room 101

Why Elementary School Counseling?

  • To aid in the development of positive feelings about self and school
  • To provide early intervention for emotional or social problems which might interfere with learning
  • To aid in developing self-awareness and meaningful social participation
  • To provide opportunities for children to explore their thoughts and feelings and to learn to respect those of others
  • To assist parents in problem-solving and understanding the dynamics of child growth and development
  • To provide help with behavior change and crisis intervention as needed

Counseling supports students and families:

  • Meeting with children individually and in small groups
  • Conducting group and classroom activities in self-concept, communication, emotional regulation, decision making, social skills, coping skills, etc.
  • Serving as a resource person to teachers and parents
  • Providing extra support to children in times of personal crisis
  • Referring to community agencies as needed

Elementary School Counselors work with:

Children who are….

  • Overly worried or anxious about grades
  • Having difficulties making or maintaining friendships
  • Exhibiting school/classroom behaviors that have become a barrier to their learning
  • Feeling angry or sad much of the time without knowing why or what to do with those feelings
  • Experiencing major life changes like the birth of a sibling, illness of a family member, separation, divorce, or remarriage of parents.

Parents who…..

  • Notice sudden changes in their child’s behavior or in school performance
  • Are concerned about family communication
  • Are concerned about the effects of divorce or separation on their children
  • Are having difficulties with discipline

Individual and Group counseling sessions are:

  • Short-term between 6-10 weeks
  • All during regular school hours
  • Open to all students
  • Goal/Skill-centered

How Does a Student See the Counselor?

  • Administrative/teacher referral
  • Student self-referral
  • Parent/guardian referral