School Counseling

A Message from Ms. Brogdon, Northwestern School Counselor

Hello, My name is Elyse Brogdon and I am so happy to be your school counselor! I earned my Bachelors degree at the University of Michigan (go blue!) and my Masters degree from the University of Virginia. My favorite thing about being a middle school counselor is getting to know each and every one of my students: what they love, what challenges they have overcome, and what goodness they bring into this world.

Outside of school counseling, I am a yoga teacher, amateur baker, world traveler, and lover of all things outdoors. I can't wait to get to know you and your family this school year!

On this page, I have some information for students and families about the support and services I offer as your School Counselor.

What is the role of a school counselor?

A school counselor is an advocate for all students. I work alongside teachers and administrators to support the academic, social-emotional, and college/career development of every student.

Services provided:

  • Short-term individual counseling for academic, behavioral, and social-emotional needs
  • Small group counseling
  • Mediation and Restorative Conferences
  • Classroom lessons tailored to address school-wide needs
  • Consultation with parents, teachers, and outside service providers
  • Community resource referrals
  • College and career planning

Our Counselor works with students to help them become career ready. There are online resources at Xello that student can access at home and at school for career exploration. Students can log on to the Xello website with the information below.

  • Website: Login.xello.word
  • Login ID: BCPS-lunch number
  • Password: eight digit birth date

How can a student meet with the school counselor?

  • Student self-referral
  • Parent request
  • Referral from a teacher, administrator, or other staff
  • Referral from a friend

What types of things does the school counselor work on with students?

  • Setting goals
  • Making healthy choices
  • Managing strong feelings such as anxiety, anger, and sadness
  • Making and keeping friends
  • Resolving conflict
  • Dealing with grief
  • Passing all classes
  • Self-esteem
  • Self-regulation...and more!