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School Counselor and Mental Health Resources

My name is Mary Ashley Rose. I'm the school counselor for The Trinity School of Durham and Chapel Hill. My role is to support students as they navigate the joys and challenges of their educational experience. The purpose of this page is to connect students, parents, and teachers with school counseling resources.

Mary Ashley Rose

Vision Statement

As school counselor, I deliver the Trinity School mission by communicating truth, goodness, and beauty through counseling services. Students are created in the image of God and carry with them diverse gifts. I provide all students with a safe and welcoming space to explore their interests, values, and identity and to develop a sense of belonging in the kingdom of God. An unhurried approach to counseling allows for student reflection on past experiences while also being intentional about the future. Students will feel empowered to take ownership of their educational experience and self-advocate. My role is to know and love all students.


Resources for Teens and Adults

  • John O’Donohue, To Bless the Space Between Us: A Book of Blessings (New York: Doubleday, 2008).
  • Jan Richardson, The Cure for Sorrow: A Book of Blessings for Times of Grief (Wanton Gospeller Press, 2016).’
  • C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed (New York: HarperOne, 2001).
  • Comfort Zone Camp (ages 7-17)

School Counseling

Trinity strives to provide a comprehensive school counseling program that promotes and enhances student learning through emotional, social, and spiritual development. Short-term counseling is provided by the school’s licensed counselor. The school counselor is available to meet with all students TK–grade 12 individually, in small groups, and through classroom guidance lessons.

The Mission of Trinity’s Counseling Department is
  • To provide support services that promote the positive development of the whole person, academically, spiritually, and socially.
  • To develop a program designed to assist all students in acquiring the knowledge and skills necessary to become successful students, productive members of society, and lifelong learners committed to pursuing personal and professional growth.
  • To collaborate with the school, families, and community to promote the personal, social, and academic development of the students.
  • To facilitate positive, constructive communication among all members of the school community.
  • To promote an accepting and inclusive school culture that will value, affirm, and respect the differences among all members.
  • To guide all Upper School students through the college admissions process.
Understanding that every child and young person is a unique image bearer of God, Trinity School personalizes the nurture and care it provides for students. The school provides adequate counseling and guidance services for students and families in the areas of academic planning, college and career decision-making, and emotional needs.

Emotional Needs of the Students

  • A Crisis Management Team is in place when major concerns and situations of crisis arise.
  • The School Counselor follows proper protocol in cases of suicidal ideation.
  • When issues of deep emotional stress arise or when spiritual counsel is necessary, students are referred to meet with the School Counselor and/or the Spiritual Life Coordinator in their division.
  • When necessary, students are referred to outside agencies for additional support and guidance.
  • Students are offered the opportunity to join Bible studies that are frequently offered, as well as small groups that are led by the School Counselor, on topics such as self-esteem, friendship, career development and exploration, and stress/anxiety.

About Ms. Rose

Hi, it's nice to meet you! I'm originally from Rocky Mount, NC. The Triangle has been my home since I attended Meredith College where I majored in psychology. While at Meredith, I served as a first year student advisor. This opportunity to mentor students who had just graduated from high school lead me to a career in school counseling. I stayed in Raleigh for my master's in school counseling from NC State. Durham is a new area for me, and I look forward to exploring the Bull City!

When I'm not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends. My ideal day is one spent on the beach with a good book and a chicken salad sandwich. Baking chocolate chip cookies is my favorite creative activity. I look forward to learning more about you, and your favorite things!


Meredith College, BA, Psychology.

North Carolina State University, M.Ed., School Counseling.

School Counseling Vision Statement

As a school counselor, I will provide all students with a safe and welcoming space to explore their interests, values, and identity. Students will feel empowered to take ownership of their educational experience and self advocate.