At St. Anne's-Belfield School, counseling is a pro-active process, with the primary goal being to help students make effective changes for healthier lives.
The Counseling Office is located on the second floor of Randolph Hall on the Greenway Rise Campus. Students and parents can contact Mrs. Speidel, the school counselor, by leaving a note under the Counseling Office door, a voice-mail or email message, or dropping by the office at any time.
Mrs. Speidel provides a listening ear and offers support for students' personal concerns and problems that may include issues revolving around academic and school-related pressures, relationships, family, substance use and abuse, eating disorders, self image, transition, grief, and any issue that interferes with the student's daily functioning. In addition to in-school support, Mrs. Speidel provides appropriate outside referrals to families when needed. Mrs. Speidel may be contacted at (434) 296-2430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to meeting with individuals, School counseling activities include educational programs that provide students in all School divisions with information and skills needed for personal growth, such as:
- Learning Village Grades K - 4 friendship and social skills groups.
- Learning Village Grades 5 - 8 discussion groups on topics such as friendship, social skills, bullying, and harassment.
- Learning Village Grades 5 - 8 Advisory discussions with Peer Mentors on body image, eating issues, stress management, friendship, and Internet safety.
- Freshman and Sophomore Life Skills, a nine-week human development course.
- Upper School support groups on topics such as grief and transition.
- Parent Education programs on Internet safety, underage drug and alcohol prevention, and adolescent development.
- An Upper School Parent Resources Flipboard that curates articles of interest on adolescent health, wellness, and development.
- The School counselors present at various conferences, including recently their "That’s Not Love: Using Peer Education to Teach About Healthy Relationships" presentation at the VAIS Health & Wellness Summit.
Sophie Speidel has been a part of the St. Anne’s-Belfield School community since 1995, and in that time has served as School counselor, an instructor of Life Skills courses, and the Girls’ JV Lacrosse coach. In 2003, she was the recipient of the Elizabeth Copeland Norfleet Teaching Award.
Prior to joining the School, Sophie was the director of counseling at The Madeira School in McLean, Va. She received her B.Ed. in health and physical education from the University of Virginia, where she was a resident of The Lawn, and her M.Ed. in counselor education from U.Va. a few years later.
Sophie's children Chapin ’10, Carter ’13, and Virginia ’15 were all "sandbox kids" at the School, attending from Pre-School - Grade 12.
Dr. Angie McHugh has an office in the Learning Village directly across from the Kindergarten classrooms. She is available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays to work with Learning Village students, though she also works with the School counselor to help meet the social-emotional needs of students in all divisions. In addition to providing consultation and co-facilitating support groups, Angie works directly with students individually or in small groups. Referrals to the educational consultant are usually made through the Heads of the Learning Village or Upper School and teachers, or parents may contact her directly at email@example.com.
Angie has been a part of the St. Anne’s-Belfield School since 2004, and continues to oversee a private practice when she is not at the School. She previously worked in Williamsburg James City County Schools, Richmond City Schools, and Albemarle County Schools in Virginia. Angie received her B.A. in psychology from Randolph Macon College, her M.Ed. and Ed.S. in school psychology from the College of William & Mary, and her Ed.D. in school psychology from the University of Virginia. Two of her three children, Daly ’14 and Matt ’16, have attended the School.