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Counseling Program & Services

Trinity Valley School provides a robust school counseling program designed to meet the standards for professional conduct by school counselors outlined in the NAIS Guidelines of Professional Practice for Behavioral Health Professionals Working in Independent Schools. The TVS counselors provide individualized emotional and social services as well as collective programming for students, parents, and faculty. Our counselors maintain a commitment to the overall mental health and academic well-being of each TVS student through services that include student advocacy, crisis intervention, and referral as needed by counselors who maintain professional certification in an accredited field (psychology, counseling, social work, etc.). Accordingly, the TVS counselors work closely with division administration, school nurses, faculty, and parents to effectively support each student.

Karen Peninger, M.Ed., LPC
Lead Counselor and Lower School Counselor (Grades PK-4)


Ashley Aguilar
Middle School Counselor (Grades 5-8)


Nicole Caylor
Upper School Counselor (Grades 9-12)


Emotional and Social Services TVS Counselors Provide for the TVS Community Include:

  • Individual meetings to talk about students' personal problems and relationships.
  • A counselor who can assess and handle serious psychological and emotional problems and assist the family in getting treatment.
  • Service as a liaison with the counseling and treatment community.
  • Sharing with parents information on typical age-appropriate behavior and growing-up issues.
  • Referral for educational testing to assess the student’s learning style, strengths, and challenges. The counselor collaborates with Anna Ross, Academic Services Coordinator.
  • Training in life skills appropriate to each grade level.
  • Consultation, counseling, and referral for TVS families going through divorce, grief and loss, or other stressful experiences.
  • Assistance in conflict resolution with students.
  • Guidance and information to the Parents' Club Forum on relevant topics and issues.
  • The organization and presentation of preventative programs.

In addition to these services, the TVS counseling program focuses on three areas of emphasis including, mental health and wellness programs, responsive services, and academic support.