Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2023

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Counseling


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Taryn Akgul


Anxiety, School Counselors, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


As anxiety becomes more prevalent in children and adolescents, the demand for mental health resources has also increased. School counselors are highly trained mental health professionals who could be one of the answers to help close the gap of the demand for mental health resources. This review aims to analyze the benefits and effectiveness of school counselors treating anxiety in public school settings by utilizing small group interventions. Most public school settings have school counselors available for students, which is an opportunity for school counselors to provide mental health services. Several research studies have been conducted on this topic, showing benefits of school counselors treating anxiety. This review will analyze different therapies and strategies used to treat anxiety in public school settings such as cognitive behavioral therapy and small group interventions. It is important to note that depending on the school district in which the school counselor is employed, the administration may require tasks that interfere with the amount of time in the day to implement mental health treatments.

Keywords: Anxiety, School Counselors, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy



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