RANCHO MILPITAS MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING CENTER

Denise Matsuoka

School Counselor

dmatsuoka@musd.org

Rancho Milpitas Middle School offers free access to counseling and guidance services to help develop the most successful learning environment for your child. School counseling can offer a variety of programs to benefit your child’s socio-emotional well-being, academic growth, positive personal and social development, communication, and leadership qualities.

As a professional school counselor, I can work with students on an individual basis, in small groups, and in their classrooms. I am also available to attend parent-teacher conferences at the request of the parent/guardian or teacher.

Here are a few areas where counseling may be of help for middle school students:

Social Skills

  • How to promote positive peer relations
  • Learning how to make friends
  • How to make choices
  • Learn how to give and take compliments
  • How to take another person’s perspective

​Anxiety

  • Identifying stressors
  • How stressors affect your body and mind
  • Learning relaxation techniques and coping skills
  • Learning how to ask for help
  • Resources available in different settings

Study Skills

  • How to set realistic and obtainable goals
  • Learning organizational skills
  • Become familiar with time management
  • Become aware of different learning styles and individual preferences of learning

Anger Management

  • Becoming aware of what makes one angry
  • Becoming aware of how my body feels
  • How to make good choices
  • Learning how to make and maintain friendships

Self-Esteem

  • Learning the importance of positive self-talk
  • Learning about personal qualities and weaknesses
  • Increasing self-worth and confidence
  • Becoming aware of similarities and differences among people

Grief/Loss

  • Developing coping skills
  • Understanding the stages of grief/loss
  • How to help other family members
  • Identifying fearful thoughts and worries
  • Learning to use words to let others know your wants and needs

Changing Families

  • Promoting self-esteem
  • Adjusting to change
  • Identifying ways to help other family members during stressful times
  • Learning how to use words to let family members know what I need
  • Understanding the stages of grief

New Student

  • Sharing the moving experience
  • How to adapt and cope with new surroundings
  • Meeting a new friends
  • Ways to keep in touch with old friends