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 all students with aim of developing successful learning environments for all. School counseling can offer a variety of programs to benefit your a student'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