Mrs. Alfaro's Counseling Corner


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“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.” – Dr. Seuss

About the School Counselor: My name is Tamara Alfaro. This is my eleventh year as a School Counselor in the NYC Department of Education and my eighth year at PS 1. I work at PS 1 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at

School Counseling Program:

Mission: School counselors facilitate the academic, personal/social and career development of all students. School counselors are integral members of the instructional team, as they impact student achievement by delivering comprehensive services that meet the unique needs of the 21st century school community.

What is a School Counselor? I am a Masters-level certified, trained and caring professional who works with students, parents, teachers and staff in order for students to achieve academic and personal success. I typically see students who are mandated for individual and/or small group counseling services on their Individualized Education Program (IEP). Some topics we discuss are: Goal-setting/academic planning, social skills, self-esteem building, respect, responsibility, conflict resolution, anger management, stress reduction/relaxation, study skills/organization and development of problem-solving skills. Other topics may be generated based on a child’s unique individual needs.

I also see students “at risk” for acute concerns including, but not limited to, behavioral challenges, friendship/social skills, test anxiety, grief and loss, divorce or other family changes, etc. These sessions are short-term and typically last six to eight weeks.

What does this mean for your child? This means that I pay close attention to my students and how they “connect” their education and therefore achieve to their greatest unique potential. I support children and all school stakeholders to creatively problem-solve any issues that may pose an obstacle to the learning process and to a child’s academic achievement.

Parent Resources:

ACT Raising Safe Kids Program:

Connect with Kids:

Info About Kids:

Jewish Board of Family and Children’s Services:

Parent ToolKit:

Staten Island Mental Health Society: