Lynette Nice

Professional School Counselor

p: (757) 565-9300 (ext. 41233)

The mission of the J. Blaine Blayton Elementary School counseling program is to work in collaboration with staff, families and the community to provide comprehensive, developmentally appropriate, and proactive services to meet the academic, career, personal, and social needs of all our students so that they can achieve their fullest potential and become responsible, productive citizens.

If you have any questions about the school counseling program or have any concerns about your child, please feel free to contact Blayton’s professional school counselor, Lynette Nice, at 565-9300 ext. 41233.

Our work with children is guided by the Virginia Department of Education Standards for Guidance Counselors.

Academics – Developing the skills attitudes, and habits of effective learners.

Career – Awareness of careers and the world of work

Personal/Social – Respect themselves and others in their day-to-day interactions

School Counseling Services

Throughout the year, we provide the following services:

  • individual counseling
  • small group counseling
  • classroom guidance
  • parent consulation
  • conflict resolution
  • career counseling
  • crisis counseling
  • referral services
  • transition activities
  • collaboration with teachers and community resources

Individual Counseling

Individual counseling is a component of the comprehensive school counseling program. Individual counseling is a responsive service in which we seek to meet the students’ immediate needs and concerns. Individual counseling is offered throughout the school year to students in a confidential setting. Students may request counseling themselves by putting a note in the counselor’s mailbox or asking their teacher if they can see a counselor. The parent/guardian of a child, teacher,or administrator may also refer a student. The counselor assesses the student to determine if he/she could benefit from counseling at school. If the counselor feels she can assist the student and determines ongoing counseling (more than 3 sessions) is appropriate, written permission is obtained from a parent/guardian. Counseling is not recorded in a child’s cumulative folder.

School counseling is goal-oriented and generally short-term in nature. A variety of techniques are used depending on the concern including active listening, bibliocounseling, artwork, modeling, scaling, board games, and role play. If a student needs ongoing therapy, the school counselor will facilitate a referral to an outside mental health provider.

Small Group Counseling

Groups are offered throughout the school year as determined by need.

Small group counseling is one of the responsive services available as part of the comprehensive school counseling program. Small group counseling is available to students in kindergarten through grade 5. Friendship and/or social skills groups are offered at all grade levels. Other group topics include study skills (attention and organization), handling difficult emotions (anxiety/grief/anger),impulse control, and changing families. Counseling is offered in a small group for students expressing difficulties dealing with relationships, personal concerns, or normal developmental tasks. Counseling helps students identify problems, causes, alternative and possible consequences so they can develop coping skills and take appropriate action. Depending on the topic, a variety of techniques and materials are used including books, short videos, art materials, role play, games, and suggestions for practice between sessions. Written parental permission is obtained for group counseling.

School counseling groups are short-term and typically last 4 – 10 sessions. Most of the groups for the older students are conducted during lunch to minimize loss of instructional time. Group counseling can benefit most students.

Latest Counseling News

PARENTS OF RISING 6TH GRADERS – Please make every effort to attend the Parent Academy – “Conquering Middle School” on April 26th. The school counselors have prepared incredible sessions to help answer many questions you might have so you know more of what to expect as your child moves into middle school. You can sign up here

From February 15th – April 26th, New Directions Family Counseling Center will be offering free group counseling for families on Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 PM (dinner included) at the College of William & Mary. For more information, please contact (757) 221-2363.  

The College of William and Mary will be offering a free summer camp program for children (ages 6 to 18) affected by a parent’s cancer this coming summer from 8/20/17- 8/26/17.  Camp Kesem will be held at Camp Piankatank in Hartfield, VA and is staffed and managed by student volunteers from the college. If you’d like more information on Camp Kesem, please visit their website at