Guidance

Contact Information

Grades 6-8 School Counselor
Mrs. Lisa Mastrianni, M.S.
West Bristol K8 School
Phone: (860) 584-4014
Fax: (860) 589-3172
Email: LisaMastrianni@ci.bristol.ct.us

Guidance Secretary
Penny Paradis
860-584-7815 extension 204148
PennyParadis@ci.bristol.ct.us


The information below is provided by the West Bristol School Counselor


Mission Statement
It is my mission to provide a safe learning environment for ALL students in the areas of academic, future/career, and social/emotional development in order to prepare our youth in becoming independent, happy, life-long learners and responsible, caring citizens.



Frequently Asked Questions

What is a school counselor?
School counselors serve as a resource and advocate for ALL students through the delivery of a comprehensive school-counseling program that focuses on three domains:

  1. personal/social
  2. academics
  3. college/career development

School Counselors are professional educators who have earned at least a Master’s Degree and certification in School Counseling. We are trained in counseling theories and practices, crisis intervention, career education, youth advocacy, individual appraisal procedures, exceptionalities/special needs, developmental stages of student growth, behavior, social/emotional/personal/cultural differences, and the total educational process with a mental health perspective.

Who does the school counselor work with?
School counselors work with ALL students!! We also collaborate and consult with parents, administrators, teachers, school resource officers, support staff, intervention specialists, and community/outside agencies on a daily basis to ensure the safety and success of all students!

How can students get in touch with their counselor?
Students may stop by my office during Homeroom, Lunch, REACH, or after school to make an appointment, or they may ask their teacher to call me if they need to see me asap. Parents may also contact me via email or phone at any time to request that I see their child.

How and why might parents contact the counselor?
Parents may call or email me at any time to set up a phone conference or a school visit for many reasons, including (but are not limited to): concerns about their child’s achievement, SSP, IEP, 504 plan, transition/new to school, test results interpretation, referrals to community and school resources, specific needs, family difficulties, and/or peer/social and/or personal issues that may be impacting their child in school.


What is confidentiality?

Confidentiality is my promise to respect students’ privacy in that what is said here, stays here. However, in some situations, I am required (by law and ethically) to break confidentiality if I feel or you tell me your safety is at risk in the following ways:

  1. you want to hurt yourself or someone else
  2. you are being hurt or in danger of being hurt
  3. court or other legal proceedings

I may have to report to your parents, DCF, school administration, the school resource officer, and/or other support staff that will help keep you SAFE.

Your privacy and trust are important to me! If there is ever a need to reveal information, I will let you know in advance and work with you to handle the situation in a way that respects your feelings and needs.


What are some of the topics school counselors cover?

  • Healthy Relationships/Making and Maintaining Friendships
  • Positive Coping Strategies/Stress Management
  • Acceptance and Diversity
  • Bullying Awareness and Prevention
  • Conflict Resolution and Problem Solving
  • Leadership and Team Building
  • Organization and Time Management
  • Career/Future Explorations
  • High School Planning & Course Selection
  • College and Career Readiness
  • Mental Health Concerns
  • Self Esteem Building
  • Self Awareness and Advocacy
  • Respect for Self and Others/Practicing Kindness
  • Communication and Social Skills
  • Crisis and Suicide Awareness and Prevention
  • Behavior Management
  • Student Success Plans and Naviance
  • Substance Abuse and Resources for Help
  • Community Service and Spirit, Getting Involved!
  • Grief and Loss
  • Learning Styles and Study Skills



What types of services do school counselors provide?

  • Classroom lessons on Academic and Social/Emotional/Personal Development, and Future/Career Exploration
  • Small Group Counseling for Social Development
  • Individual school-based, solution-focused counseling
  • Consultation and collaboration with parents, teachers, school psychologists, administrators, social workers, community health workers, and/or counseling agencies
  • Student Advocacy/Support Services and Crisis Intervention
  • Case management for individual Student Success Plans and programming Naviance Family Connections
  • Coordination of school wide programs such as Mentoring, Random Acts of Kindness, Career/Future Planning Day, College Visits, Character Education, Student Success Plans, Annual Talent Show, etc!


Learn more about school counselors at www.schoolcounselor.org