Now Offering In-School Counseling in Belle Vernon School District!

We are excited to announce that we are now able to provide our counseling services in Belle Vernon School District during the school day!

Transportation and limited evening hours can create significant barriers in treatment with children and adolescents.  We are happy that we can help solve some of those issues!

The following are some answers to common questions parents and kids have about in-school counseling.

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  • What insurance is accepted?​​

Currently for in-school services we accept Commercial Highmark Plans and the option for affordable self-pay.

  • Won't my kid be embarrassed if their friends know they get counseling?

Our goal is to make our clients as comfortable as possible for our services.  We work with the teachers and the school to provide as much confidentiality as possible which often means coming up with a plan with the teacher and student to call down our clients discreetly.

Our goal is to make our clients as comfortable as possible for our services.  We work with the teachers and the school to provide as much confidentiality as possible which often means coming up with a plan with the teacher and student to call down our clients discreetly.

  • Will my child miss allot of class time to do this?

Though it is a possibility that they may miss some class to do counseling we take several steps to address this.

We work along with the child's teachers, parents, and guidance counselor to help find an ideal time to schedule a session.  

One of the most common symptoms of a mental health issue with children is difficulty concentrating.  The treatment of their symptoms should in turn help with overall grades and behaviors which can help offset the missed classed time with better performance.

Also taking a child out of class for 45 minutes once a week or once every other week is much less disruptive than having to leave school entirely for an appointment.

  • Will I be kept informed about what is being worked on and my child's progress?

Yes, regular communication is not only our goal but also essential to proper treatment with children.  This communication can take place via phone call, text message, and/or email.  If there are major concerns a session can also be scheduled in the office to meet in person.  

Confidentiality is a concern however with children 14 and older.  Some information may be limited due to the confidentiality law however, open communication is encouraged with our clients.

If you are interested in any more information or have any questions at all about in-school counseling

please call us at 724-405-7425 or

email optimumwellnesscounseling@gmail.com