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Counselor's Corner

Lori Avakian - Counselor


Niguel Hills Middle School makes every effort to provide support services for your children that will assist in their successful academic, social and emotional growth. To promote these efforts, Niguel Hills Counselor, Lori Avakian, provides classroom guidance and short term individual and group counseling.

Ms. Avakian is available to assist students with any social or emotional difficulties that are impeding academic achievement.  Discussions between Ms. Avakian and students are confidential. Feel free to call the front office at 234-5360 or email Ms. Avakian if you would like to speak with her or have your child meet with her.

If you are a student or a parent and would like to speak with Ms. Avakian, please complete a Counseling Request Form (link on the right). Ms. Avakian will be contacted and will contact you as soon as reasonably possible. 

Counseling Services

  • Individual and Group Counseling
  • Stress Management
  • Anger Management
  • Social Skills / Peer Relations
  • Problem Solving / Decision Making
  • Social Skills
  • Goal Setting / Time Management
  • Communication
  • College and Career Awareness

Classroom Guidance


Wouldn't it be great to if there was a way to protect your middle school student from risky behaviors such as bullying, aggression, and substance abuse while improving his or her school success? Fortunately, research shows there is a way to do just that.

This year I will be in our classes more often using a curriculum called Second Step. The Second Step program focuses on skills that will help your student succeed in school and in life. These skills include:

  • Empathy
  • Communication
  • Perspective Taking
  • Respectful Disagreement
  • Assertiveness
  • Emotional Management
  • Problem solving

You play a vital role in helping your student develop strong social skills. During these next few months, the focus of the lessons will be empathy, communication and problem solving. Ask questions about the skills that your student is learning, such as:

  • "How do you show someone you're actively listening to them?"
  • "What are some ways you can be an ally to someone?"
  • "Why should you try to understand other people's perspectives?"

If you have any questions about the curriculum please do not hesitate to contact me for more information. Thank you for supporting your student in learning the skills that lead to success in school and in life.


Conflict Mediation


Students, If you are having a problem with another student you can request a Conflict Mediation. A Conflict Mediation is when two people who are having a problem sit down with a neutral person (in this case the Counselor.) Each person tells their side of the story and then they each make a plan so that the problem is solved or won't happen again. There are a few key rules for conflict mediation:

  • each person must be there willingly
  • they must agree to solve the problem
  • no insults or put-downs, no interruptions
  • keep the mediation confidential

If you would like to have a conflict mediation please complete the Counseling Request Form in the office or complete the digital form at the top left of this page. Learning how to solve problems appropriately is a skill that you will benefit from your whole life!

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Make an Appointment

If you would like to make an appointment with Ms. Avakian please fill out this form and she will contact you as soon as possible. If this an emergency please call the front office or 911.

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