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Mrs. Deanna Patterson » Counseling Services

Counseling Services

My role here at Norris Middle School is to advocate for all students and provide services that foster academic achievement and emotional well-being. I meet with students individually and in small groups with a focus on improving study skills, relationships, communication with family and friends, decision-making skills, problem solving skills, and the building of self-understanding. My aim is to help students handle problems that might get in the way of learning, guide them to productive futures, and try to create a positive environment for everyone at school. I am not a therapist, but am here to listen to students, take their problems seriously, and work with them on finding a solution. Other services include crisis counseling, referrals for services within the school and community, and classroom guidance lessons.   


  • Teacher referral
  • Parent/Guardian referral
  • Administration referral
  • Peer referral
  • Self-referral by filling out a “Request to See Counselor” slip in the front office




Academic Achievement 

  • Advising 
  • Interventions 
  • Enrichment 

Career Development 

  • Awareness 
  • Exploration
  • Planning 

Social & Emotional Development 

  • Conflict Resolution
  • Communication
  • Emotional Intelligence