School Counselor

  • School Counselor
     
    Your School Counselor
     
    Hi there! 
     
    I am Cortney Valme, McNab's School Counselor. I am SO thrilled to be here for my fifth year and I'm very much looking forward to another excellent school year with our students. A little bit about me - I am a Florida native and a product of the Broward County Public Schools system. I live nearby with my husband, two young children, and three cats. Some of my favorite things include Disney movies, reading, singing, dancing, and all things silly (especially when it comes to my kiddos). 
     
    I've always known that I wanted to work with children in some capacity, but not necessarily as a teacher. As a School Counselor I have the unique opportunity to implement social-emotional learning school-wide, while also providing more targeted solution-focused counseling to students in small groups and individually, as needed. It is important to note that time is limited during the school day, so the counseling I provide is intended to be brief, but is nonetheless valuable to our students' wellbeing. I believe that in order to reach a child's mind, we must first reach their heart. I meet with students based on teacher, staff, or administrative referrals, parent requests, or student self-referral. Should a situation warrant more in-depth and regular counseling, which is beyond my scope of practice, I will refer you to an outside counseling resource. 
     
    When I meet with students, I always remind them that I am ethically bound by confidentiality, which means I do not share details about our counseling sessions with others unless they tell me they are hurting themselves, hurting someone else, someone else is hurting them, or they give me explicit permission to share. That being said, I believe in keeping open lines of communication with parents. I am happy to speak with you about your student, but will maintain that confidentiality whenever possible to protect that counseling relationship. 
     
    Please feel free to contact me with questions or concerns. I can be reached via email at cortney.casella@browardschools.com or by phone at 754-322-7050. 
     
    Here's to a successful 2021-2022 school year! 🙂
     
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