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Counselors Corner

Meet Your Counselor

Ms. Balaskas



I am so excited to be your School Counselor here at BOLA. I am a huge advocate for mental health and am ready to make a long lasting positive impact on the students and community!

Once I graduated from Carl Sandburg Community High School, I continued my post-secondary education at Lewis University. After completing my 4 years with Lewis University, I graduated with a bachelors degree in Psychology. I then decide to continue my education with Lewis University and started their masters program in School Counseling. After 3 additional years, I graduated with a Master degree in School Counseling with my LPC. The reason I decided I wanted to go into mental health is because I noticed the impact it had on me and all my loved ones. I wanted to be able to help other and learn all about it. I deiced to work in a school because I want the youth to have a good understanding of mental health now so as they grow up they can make better decisions and help others.

When I am not at work I like to prioritize my mental health by doing the things I love. Theses things include: working out, being with friends/family, watching streaming networks, playing board/ video games, and traveling.

What does the School Counselor do?

  • Academic guidance

  • Classroom  guidance lessons

  • Small group counseling

  • Short-term individual counseling

  • Crisis intervention

  • Community resource referrals (including longer term therapy services)

  • Schoolwide programming (Red Ribbon Week, Kindness Week, College and Career Awareness Week, etc.)

Why do Students need a School Counselor?

  • Students learn best when they feel good about themselves and their relationships with others.

  • Students who understand their feelings are better able to control their behavior.

  • We know that stress can affect focus and learning, but its impact can be reduced with proven self-regulation strategies.

  • Attitudes formed during elementary school shape future attitudes towards learning, self, and society.

Mission Statement

Maximize student achievement and personal growth by fostering a unique path to greatness.