The school counseling program is rooted in the mission of Our Lady of Mercy School - committed to developing the whole person “to reach full potential of mind, body, and spirit”. We are fortunate to have an experienced guidance counselor, Mrs. Susan Gibseon, on our staff, assisting us in fulfilling this mission.
Mrs. Susan Gibeson, Mercy’s guidance counselor, makes many stops on her way down the school hallway. She pauses to check in with a child who was sad the day before, to encourage another child on an upcoming test, or to meet with teachers to set up workshops for a whole class of students. She meets with children individually and in small groups, like her occasional “lunch bunch” groups where students meet with her over lunch and share experiences. Everyone wants time with Mrs. Gibeson because she brings warmth and creativity with her wherever she goes.
Meet Mrs. Gibeson
Mrs. Gibeson earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from George Washington University at Mount Vernon College and a Master’s Degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Pacific Oaks Graduate School in Pasadena, California. She has administrative, teaching, and counseling skills working in multi-cultural environments with children and their families. Most essential to her role in the school is the time she spends supporting teachers with workshops for each grade. The topics might include respectful communications, friendship groups, or bullying.
In all of Mrs. Gibeson’s work, she uses a highly creative, hands-on approach to therapy. As students read instructive stories, they might draw pictures to express themselves. Often puppets are used to share ideas, or else students are asked to create three-dimensional projects. Mrs. Gibeson believes in using many kinds of techniques to help students feel “heard.” She asserts, “My approach is designed to support the whole child by encouraging positive emotional and social development. I love working with the Mercy community to help create a positive and supportive environment where children and families can thoughtfully talk about their feelings.”