Counseling Services

The role of the school counselors is to be a resource to support social and emotional needs of students, parents, and teachers.

The counselors are available to all of our students and are a part of the child’s support team here at Post Oak. We partner and collaborate with students, parents, teachers, and administration with the goal of better understanding why a student might be struggling. We are available to observe and work directly with students and partner with families and even outside professionals. We use a team-based approach to come up with a plan to address the needs of struggling students. The counselors also see students who seek problem-solving assistance (individually or in small groups), facilitate class meetings per teacher request, and communicate with/meet with parents and staff members as needed. The counselors facilitate and teach effective communication skills, emotion identification, anxiety and stress reduction strategies, conflict resolution skills, and provide support through transitions/loss/unexpected change in school.. They also run small social skills groups and parent support groups as needed and when available. They serve as a liaison between school and home and assist when referrals to outside professionals are recommended and/or requested.

Kate Balke

Kate Balke

MDC Counselor
BA, The University of Texas at Austin MSW, Univerisity of Houston
Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW)
Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith

BC Counselor
PhD, The City University of New York
MA, The City University of New York
BA, Sarah Lawrence College

Mental Health

The Post Oak School understands that each person is a whole individual with multiple facets, strengths and weaknesses, good days and rough ones. With this in mind, the school assumes the responsibility to support each student at all times during their enrollment. Post Oak provides access to an on-site counselor on each campus, who participate in school events relating to psychological services, academic life, and provide personal counseling. If a student seems to need additional support, the school will work with the student’s family, school staff, and with the student to determine the appropriate additional care the student requires. There may be circumstances in which this means that the student will be excused from classes for a period of time. If a student’s psychological struggle is severe (i.e. danger to self or others), the student will be asked to be evaluated by an outside healthcare professional and will be required to take psychological leave until it is determined that they can re-enter the community in a safe and healthy manner.