About counseling

We are dedicated to promoting a positive school environment and improving the academic achievement of all students. Individual and group counseling is provided to students whose personal concerns or problems put their personal, social, career and/or educational development at risk.

Connect with counselors

Our Garland ISD counseling team is ready to support families who are dealing with trauma, stress, anxiety, grief, homelessness, abuse, and many other issues facing our community today. 

Use our Virtual Counselor Request form to connect with GISD counselors, or find your school counselor's contact information. See Mental Health Services for no-cost mental health services in our community.

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Academic and CCMR advising

Our school counselors are here to guide students in making effective middle and high school plans.
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Responsive Services

We are here to help our students work through personal circumstances, mental health, crises and more.
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Social and Emotional Learning

Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) instruction helps students academically, emotionally and socially.
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Wellness and support resources

Find resources for mental health, crisis, shelter, food and more in our community.

Special Needs safety decals

The Rowlett Police Department is working with our district to help keep students safe. They have provided special stickers for families to use on their homes and vehicles to help police officers during encounters with community members who are non-verbal, have a mental, emotional or intellectual disability, or have a different special need.

Use of the stickers is voluntary. To request a sticker or get more information, ask a Responsive Services counselor, your school counselor, or email askcounseling@garlandisd.net.

Report child abuse

Texas law requires that any person suspecting that a child has been abused or neglected must immediately make a report. If there is an emergency, call 911 and then call the DFPS Texas Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400. You can also make a report online. If you need assistance, talk to your school counselor.

Recognize the signs of unhealthy relationships

Dating abuse, or using destructive behaviors to control or have power over someone, is unfortunately common. 1 in 3 teens reported being in an abusive or unhealthy relationship. Warning signs may include:

  • Constantly putting someone down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating someone from their family or friends (controlling who they can see or hang out with)
  • Mood swings (such as being nice one minute and angry the next)
  • Checking someone’s cell phone, social media or email without permission
  • Physically hurting someone in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling someone what to do or what to wear

If you see something, say something. Start the conversation if you see someone suffering and support them in getting help.

Need help? Get connected with a school counselor.

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