Counseling Center

Both Middle School and Upper School have student support and counseling services available for all students.

We often hear that your high school years are the best years of your life and no doubt, they are exciting and fun times. We also know, amid all of the excitement, there can be some challenging times as well.

  • Do you sometimes have a question and don’t know who to ask?
  • Are you dealing with a special family issue (illness, homesickness, arguments, etc.) that is making you worry and unable to focus on classes?
  • Do you feel stressed by trying to do it all – homework, athletics, clubs, and other responsibilities?
  • Are you worried about a good friend who just seems to be struggling lately?
  • Do you ever have one of those days (weeks, months) when nothing goes right?

Please know that our counselors are available and ready to help support you with these concerns and any others you may have. Both middle and upper school students have ready access to Baylor’s student support and counseling services and we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to talk through situations you are experiencing. We know you want to be your best self and we welcome the opportunity to support you as you figure out who/what your best self is.

Below are a few commonly asked questions and we are happy to answer any others you may have. We invite you to drop in or email to schedule an appointment at any time. Please know, if it is important to you – it is important to us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why would I need to see a counselor?

While we know you have supportive family, friends, and teachers, there may be times when you do not want to concern them with worries but really need to talk through them. Our counselors provide a safe and private place to talk through frustrations and can offer ideas for handling situations in ways that most benefit you.

How do I set up an appointment?

You can call, e-mail, or drop by our offices (bottom of Lupton for Upper School and Barks Hall for Middle School) to determine the best time for an appointment.

Do I have to tell my parents, teachers, advisors, I am seeing a counselor?

While we encourage students to be as open as possible with parents and those who care for them, we understand that there are times when you may not be quite ready to talk to them about the concerns with which you are dealing. Counselors are able to keep information private and confidential as long as no specific dangers to you or others exist.

If I see a counselor once, do I have to keep going back?

Counseling services are set up to provide you with the level of support you feel you need. Some students need a one-time visit; others decide regular visits are more helpful. You and the counselor can determine this together.

Will I get in trouble for the things I share with the counselor?

Counseling services are set up as a support system, not discipline. We are obligated to keep you and others safe. This is approached through supportive measures, not disciplinary means.

UPPER SCHOOL Counseling Faculty

Kathy Fraley, M.Ed, LPC, MHSP
Director of Counseling
(423) 267-8506, ext. 362 (Monday-Friday)

Carissa Margio, M.Ed.
Upper School Counselor
(423) 267-8506, ext. 394

Becky Williams, L.C.S.W.
Middle School Counselor
(423) 267-8506, ext. 578

MIDDLE SCHOOL counseling faculty

Christy Tomisek, Ed.D.
Director of Middle School Student Support
(423) 267-8506, ext. 508

Lizzie Gendimenico, M.Ed., P.L.P.C.
Middle School Counselor
(423) 267-8506, ext. 256

Administrative Assistant

Susan Miller
(423) 267-8506, Ext. 244

Counseling Center
(423) 267-8506, Ext. 232