School Counseling

Daniels Run School Counseling Program

The school counseling program addresses the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students and prepares them to be responsible citizens and life long learners.  This program is implemented in collaboration with teachers and parents, through individual and group student counseling, parent and teacher consultation, and classroom lessons to promote positive student adjustment, and to assist in maximizing each student’s potential.

Meet the Daniels Run Student Support Team

Ashleigh Fisher, School Counselor, Grades K-2 and EA, [email protected] 

Bethel Zemichael,  School Psychologist, [email protected]

Laura Cook, School Social Worker, [email protected]  

Louise Robinson, School Counselor, Grades 3-6, @email

Emily Carleton, School Social Worker, [email protected]  




Emergency Resources


Contact Information

Website/Other Notes

Mental Health 24-Hour Emergency Services

P:  703-573-5679


CrisisLink Suicide Hotline

P:  703-527-4077 OR


CR2 (Children’s Regional Crisis Response)

P:  844-N-CRISIS  (844-627-4747)

Community Services Board Mobile Crisis Unit

P:  703-560-0224

8am to midnight, daily

Merrifield Center-- Fairfax-Falls CHurch Community Services Board

P:  703-383-8500

F:  703-280-9518


8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive

Fairfax, VA 22031

Crisis Text



INOVA Fairfax Hospital--they have a separate pediatric ER

P:  703-776-4001


3300 Gallows Road

Falls Church, VA 22042

Community Organizations & Government Resources

If you have a specific area where you or a family member needs support, consider the resources available from following organizations:


Name of Organization

Areas of support

Website Link

Autism Society of NOVA

Resources for individuals with Autism


ADHD/ADD resources

Educational Connections

Executive Functioning coaching

FCPS Parent Resource Center

Academic support and parenting resources

Heartland Hospice

Serving Northern Virginia

Family support for illness and bereavement

It Gets Better

LGBTQ+ resources, including link to the Trevor Project emergency support resources


Mental health resources


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

Substance Abuse and Mental Health resources

The Women’s Center 

In Vienna, VA

Domestic violence, sexual assault, and other family support services

Additional Resources through Healthy Minds Fairfax


Disclaimer: All resources offered by organizations other than FCPS are neither sponsored nor endorsed by the Fairfax County School Board, the Superintendent, or Daniels Run ES.

Community Counseling Resource




Specialty Areas

Child and Family Counseling Group


Family and adolescent counseling 

Clinical Psychological Services


All ages; Individual, Group, Couples, Family Therapy, Behavior, Neuropsych Assessment, Short-Term Problem Solving

Counseling and Assessment Practice of Fairfax


Psychoeducational testing, counseling and consultation services to children, adolescents, young adults and families

Crossroads Family Counseling Center


Play Therapy, Parenting Consultation, Social Skills

GMU Center for Psychological Services


Evaluations, Therapy

In Step


Child and Adolescent Group Therapy, Social Skills

Jewish Social Service Agency


Multiple Services- Individual, Group, Family Counseling, Parent and Teacher Support/ Education

Kellar Center


Social Skills, Behavior Evaluation, Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, Self-Harm, Partial Hospitalization Program, Groups

NOVA Family Services


Children and Adolescents

Fairfax Community Professionals

(Online Network)

Online network of private mental health clinicians committed to being available to students and their families in a timely way when there is a crisis or urgent mental health need.

School Counseling Vision, Mission, and Beliefs

Counseling Program Mission Statement

As school counselors, we uphold the Vision, Mission, and Core Beliefs of Daniels Run Elementary School. In addition, we have the following mission in our role as school counselors:

  • Help students develop emotional awareness and learn strategies they can use to regulate their emotions.
  • Teach students how to make and maintain positive relationships with classmates and teachers and resolve conflicts in a peaceful, constructive way.
  • Promote a school-wide culture focused on showing kindness and empathy to one another and to the greater Fairfax community through acts of service.
  • Develop students’ awareness of a wide range of career and post-secondary learning options to consider and encourage them to cultivate an awareness of their own interests, skills, and priorities.
  • Help students access the learning environment by equipping them with study skills and executive function skills.


School Counselors

FCPS K-12 school counseling programs strive to empower students to become independent and productive individuals through a developmentally age-appropriate program providing academic, social, emotional, and college and career counseling services. The belief that all students can achieve academic success is a touchstone of the program.

All students in FCPS have the opportunity to work with a state-certified school counselor. School counselors work with students in a variety of different capacities, whether it is through classroom lessons, group, or individual counseling.


School Psychology and Social Work

School Psychology Services

School psychologists are mental health specialists with knowledge of child development, the psychology of learning, behavior management and intervention, monitoring the progress of students, and program evaluation. School psychologists apply this knowledge using a problem-solving approach to help bring about positive changes in the learning environment, attitude, and motivation. Services offered by the school psychologist may be provided directly to the student or indirectly by working with teachers, parents, and other care givers; however, all services provided by the school psychologist are intended to enhance the academic and social emotional success of students. Minimum requirements to be a school psychologist include a 60-hour master's degree program and a one-year full-time internship; many FCPS school psychologists hold doctoral degrees.


Social Work and Support Services

School social workers focus on family and community factors that influence learning. They provide intensive services for students facing issues that pose risks to their academic success such as parent divorce and separation, poverty, truancy, chronic illness, mental health problems, conduct problems, child abuse, etc.

All FCPS social workers hold a Master of Social Work (MSW) or Master of Social Science (MSS) degree; many have earned a Doctorate of Social Work (DSW) degree. All school social workers are licensed by the Virginia Department of Education. The majority of the staff is clinically licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Social Work (LCSW) or in other jurisdictions and trained to provide mental health services in any setting.

The Daniels Run Wellness Team