School Counseling

Student Support

Lower School

Heather Groff
Lower School Counselor
(717) 392-2916 x2280

Middle School

Jacqueline Smith, MA, NCC
Middle School Counselor
(717) 392-2916 x2263 

Upper School

Rita Foster
Upper School Counselor
(717) 392-2916 x2260

Counseling Mission Statement

The counseling program at LCDS endeavors to see students holistically, and advocate for their social, emotional, mental, and academic well-being.  This is done through individual and group programming.  Our approach is both proactive and responsive when necessary.  Through collaborative efforts with parents, guardians, teachers, and all members of the community, we can foster students’ development so they may become healthy adults, able to contribute positive to the world around them.

We believe that…
…learning is an essential, ongoing, and lifelong process.
…students are unique and need opportunities for self expression
…students need to feel like they belong in order to be successful
…students can be guided on how to identify, manage, and cope with strong emotions
…it is a school counselor’s responsibility create a safe, non-judgmental environment where a student can feel accepted 

School Based Outpatient Therapy

School Based outpatient therapy is mental health therapy provided at school during the course of the student’s day. The student is referred to a school based therapist who will see the student during the school day for individual therapy.  Therapy can be provided in the school setting while maintaining the same confidentiality standards of traditional outpatient therapists. 

Lancaster Country Day School is a preschool-12th grade, coed college preparatory school with students from Lancaster, Hershey, York and Reading.