RANCHO MILPITAS MIDDLE SCHOOL COUNSELING CENTER

Denise Matsuoka

School Counselor

dmatsuoka@musd.org

Virtual Classroom

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