Compass (Virtual) School-Based Counseling Services
Have you noticed changes in your child’s mood?
Do they appear anxious, overwhelmed or easily frustrated?
Are you having difficulty in talking to or connecting with them?
Do they struggle with finding or using healthy coping skills?
Are they having difficulty making or keeping friends?
Do you find yourself worrying about them frequently?
We Can Help
Half of them will go untreated
School based counseling services are available at Laurel to ensure that your child doesn’t have to struggle alone.
This has been a hard year for our kids. Schools closed, sports cancelled and most areas of ‘just being a kid’ were stalled or altered for the last few months. Now that we are starting to move back towards a sense of normal our kids are struggling, just as hard as we are, to figure out what that means.
Angelus has been proudly working with Laurel to bring quality counseling services into the schools since 2014. With the COVID-19 pandemic our sessions have shifted to a virtual/online counseling format, but we are still here and working to help you and your child through this.
Virtual sessions will be available from the comfort of your home through our secure online video platform. Allowing us to be flexible and to work with your child within their natural environment. Our kids & teens have shown a very positive response to using video and making progress in addressing and lowering anxieties, tension, anger and displaying increased abilities to cope with the many changes 2020 has brought us.
Only the Best:
we enjoy working with families to address childhood emotional, behavioral and mental health struggles
Angelus Therapeutic Services, Inc works with the Laurel School District to bridge the service gap and bring quality counseling to children and teens with emotional and/or behavioral struggles. Sessions are able to be held in the school and during the school day (typically during academic down time) to combat transportation and scheduling stress.
Our therapists work with children, teens, parents, teachers and other community agencies to not only address problem symptoms but underlying causes and environmental issues that impact a child’s mental health.
Compass is a school based Counseling Program based in Laurel Schools and provides Licensed Therapists that are trained and specialized to work with children K-12 for issues related to:
- Academic Stress
- Anger MGT
- Chronic Pain
- Coping Skills
- Family Issues
- Health Issues
*Pride & Promise Award Recipients
- Life Transition
- Panic Attacks
- Parenting Skills
- Peer Relationships
- Mood Issues
- School Issues
- Self Esteem
- Social Skills
- Stress MGT
Experienced School Based Counselors available to see your child/teen within Laurel School District
Licensed Professional Counselor
With Lori’s 23 years of experience in the mental health and education fields she possesses a strong talent for working with children and adolescents struggling with anxiety, depression, ADHD and anger issues. She then incorporates this into working to help parents learn new ways to assist their kids in suceeding within home, school and community settings.
Learn More About Lori Here!
Office Administrator/ Client Care Coordinator
Focusing on Coordination of Services Anna works to help families identify treatment needs, facilitate their intake into Angelus and schedule them for counseling appointments. When there is a service gap or need she will also work to identify and link students to the most appropriate service so no child falls between the cracks.
“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, “Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” To this day, especially in times of “disaster,” I remember my mother’s words and I am always comforted by realizing that there are still so many helpers – so many caring people in this world.”
– Fred Rogers
Frequently Asked Questions
How do I sign up for Compass
You can initiate Compass by either discussing your interest with your guidance counselor, a phone call to Angelus at 724-654-9555 or completing the New Client tab at the bottom of this page. Please identify yourself as interested in the Compass program at Laurel when you make contact so that we can streamline the process for you.
What information do I need when I call
To simplify the process please have the following information available when you reach out to Angelus. We will need your child’s name and birthday, your phone number/ address, insurance information (company & ID#), email address, child’s grade & teacher, and presenting symptoms
Why do you need my email address
To increase ease and accessibility of services Angelus utilizes a full electronic medical record system. Each client is set up with a personalized ‘Patient Portal’ where they can complete their opening paperwork and signature forms prior to their child’s intake. These decreases the formality of the intake process and helps decrease anxiety for the kids. It also will offer an instant messaging feature between the therapist and parents to ensure positive communication is ongoing within treatment.
This is not an optional process and is necessary for our systems operation.
Who Pays for Compass Counseling
Compass counseling is provided by therapists from Angelus Therapeutic Services and is billed through your behavioral health benefits of your medical insurance. You will be responsible for any copays or deductibles that may apply. This is not a product of the school district and they do not provide payment for these services.
What insurances do you take
Therapists are able to accept either Private Pay & Most Major Medical Insurances; including Aetna, UPMC Commercial, United Healthcare, Beacon/VBH, Highmark/Blue Cross/Anthem
*Coverage Subject to Change & Varies by Clinician
Will this interfere with my child's schoolwork
We make every attempt to schedule your child during down times of the day, such as class specials, study halls, and/or lunch. When this is not possible we will vary your child’s appointments so that they will minimally interfere with core classes. By not having to pick your child up and drive them to an appointment and back this dramatically cuts down on the amount of missed class time.
Who has to be present and agree to counseling for my child to participate
In situations with shared legal/medical custody of a child under the age of 14 both parents have to be in agreement to counseling and willing to sign consents and participate in counseling as needed. If an adolescent is between the ages of 14-18, either the student or one parent may initiate and sign for services. Both parents do not have to be in agreement to treatment this this circumstance.
How often are my child's sessions
Each child’s situation is unique. Your therapist will work with you and your child/adolescent to decide their level of care needs. Typically sessions are once every 1-2 weeks for 45 min-1 hr.
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Laurel School District Contact Information:
- Laurel School District Website
- Laurel Elementary: 724-658-2673
- Mrs. Tracie Nicholudis, Guidance Counselor- ext. 2200
- Laurel Middle- High School: 724-658-9056
- Mrs. Michele McClelland, Guidance Counselor- ext. 1930
Mr. Matthew Pertile, Guidance Counselor- ext 1953