The Bellarmine Counseling Department is staffed with six counselors who have an average of more than twenty years working with Bellarmine students. With our experience both as Bellarmine parents and Bellarmine counselors, we are in a unique position to understand, guide and empathize with the young men who spend four years here.
Because of our personal experiences and our formal training in counseling-psychology, our counseling staff is knowledgeable about adolescent development and the many challenges that arise during this phase. We see and understand how our boys negotiate their way through the different stages of their development as they go through freshman, sophomore, junior and senior years at Bellarmine. Each counselor remains with their respective counseling group for the entire four years, allowing for a personal relationship to develop, where students feel free to discuss the unique academic and personal challenges of each year.
Each of the counselors also has wide-ranging involvement with our boys in all important areas of school life.
- Bellarmine counselors teach sophomore P.E. classes on the topics of Drugs and Alcohol and Human Sexuality.
- Each counselor spends significant time moderating activities or coaching sports at Bellarmine.
- All go on retreats with the boys; a number also go on immersion trips with them as well.
- All are regular fixtures at school events such as games, plays, robotics tournaments, speech tournaments, etc.
Our know-how in all of these different facets of school life gives us, as counselors, an exceptional opportunity to know, appreciate and hopefully enhance the experience of our Bellarmine students. We are their advocates and their allies. We know when to lend a sympathetic ear and when to engage them in a “reality check” type of conversation.