• Liberty High School Counseling Office

    Social/Emotional Support

    Counseling Office Phone:  636-561-0075 x.3

    Parents/guardians are encouraged to first communicate any serious concerns about their child to the student’s school counselor or Principal.

    SCHOOL COUNSELORS

    School counselors are always the first line of support for any student who is struggling with personal issues. Timberland counselors are assigned to students based on last name.  Their roles include academic and personal problem solving, brief individual counseling, small group counseling, consultation and collaboration, school and community-based referral, conflict mediation, alcohol/drug abuse prevention, and personal/educational/career development.

    COUNSELORS

    Mrs. Alicia Sheffield (A-F) -  Mr. Chad Cunningham (G-M) -  Mrs. Laura Wootten (N-W) -  Mrs. Shelley Gerringer (X-Z, A+ Coordinator, & College/Career) 

    CRISIS COUNSELOR

    The crisis counselor (Educational Support Counselor, or “ESC”) assigned to Liberty H.S. is Georgean Rustemeyer, who can be reached at ​georgeanrustemeyer@wsdr4.org​ or at Ext. 28240. Working in conjunction with school counselors, the ESC is a licensed mental health professional employed by the school district. She provides specialized therapeutic services for students who exhibit serious social/emotional challenges which interfere with academics, behavior, and/or social/emotional functioning at school. She facilitates psychosocial assessment, crisis intervention and counseling; helps link students with mental health and community support resources; consults with faculty, staff and parents/caregivers as part of student support teams; and assists in coordinating groups and prevention programs for students.        

     CLASSROOM PRESENTATIONS    

    The content and curriculum of several high school courses is intended to help all students develop personal and social competencies. Specifically, students learn to manage stress, make safe and healthy choices, and maintain positive relationships with others. For many years, the school district has partnered with several community agencies which specialize in providing preventative education regarding coping skills. Agency­employed staff have passed a background check process, and work under the administrative supervision of the building Principal. If for any reason you object to your child’s participation in any agency­facilitated classroom presentation, or would like additional information, please contact your child’s school counselor, Principal, or Mrs. Rustemeyer.

    The list of classroom presentations can vary from year to ­year.

    We expect to provide presentations for 9th graders on the Signs of Suicide prevention program (SOS), in order to teach them how to recognize warning signs of depression and potential suicidal behavior and know how to get help. The SOS program is taught by Chads Coalition.

    In addition, 11th graders will participate in a presentation on Emotional Wellness and Coping Skills, facilitated by Kids Under Twenty-One (KUTO). Students will learn about stress, triggers and ways to cope when upset.

     COME TOGETHER PROGRAM

    New at Liberty, "Come Together" is a peer-­to-­peer support. Participating students are selected, screened, and trained to educate the student body about social emotional health and coping skills. As trusted peers, the Come Together Leaders help support students who may be struggling with issues including depression, anxiety, bullying, drug/alcohol use, etc. They learn how to recognize and intervene with students in distress and, if needed, link them with trusted adults. Come Together student training and meetings are facilitated by the Liberty crisis counselor (Mrs. Rustemeyer), two school counselors (Mrs. Wootten and Mrs. Gerringer), and a teacher (Mr. Eversole).

     GROUP COUNSELING

    For students who require a higher level of social/emotional support, Liberty hosts a variety of group counseling opportunities. In small group settings, through supportive relationships with peers, students can learn and apply coping skills to address social/emotional challenges. Groups are usually topic specific, and may address concerns such as grief, healthy relationships, anxiety, depression, self-injury, anger, and drug/alcohol use. The groups typically meet once per week for approximately 8 to 12 weeks during rotating class periods in order to minimize academic interruption. Groups may be facilitated by school counselors, by the crisis counselor, or by a counselor employed by one of our community agency partners (including Chads Coalition, Preferred Family Healthcare and Youth in Need). Agency staff are fully credentialed by Wentzville School District, and work in our schools under the supervision of building Principals. Individual counseling provided by these agencies may also be available at Liberty on a limited basis. All services provided by agency staff require written permission from parents/guardians. Consent forms and Authorization for Release of Information forms are available in the counseling office.   If you feel that your child needs any of these specialized services, or you would like additional information, please contact his/her counselor to discuss your concerns. As always, we welcome parent/guardian input about ways that we can enhance students’ academic functioning and social emotional wellbeing.

    AFTER HOURS CRISIS RESOURCE:

    Crisis and referral help is available 24 hours a day for children, teens, and families.  Call 1-855-642-0642 or text "BSAFE" to 31658.