Counselor's Corner

MBMS Counseling Staff

Emily Wheeler
School Counselor
Last Names A-K
[email protected]

Adam Ullo
School Counselor
Last Names L-Z

Yvette Pelikan
SEL Counselor

Cathy Rinck
Counseling Secretary
Hours: M-F 9:00 a.m - 12:00 a.m.
[email protected]

Buerkle Counseling Website: Click Here

School counselors are trained to provide guidance and counseling services to help students develop academically, personally, and socially.

The middle school counselor:

  • Assists parents and teachers in helping children
  • Conducts classroom guidance activities
  • Provides individual and small group counseling
  • Coordinates school-wide guidance activities
  • Consults with outside agencies

A child may see the counselor for:

  • Study skills
  • Academic planning and career exploration
  • Issues with friends
  • New situations
  • Difficult decisions
  • Success & Accomplishments
  • Family Concerns
  • Happy occasions
  • Dealing with grief, loss, or illness
  • Any other area of concern

How can a student see the counselor?

  • Student support team referral
  • Teacher referral
  • Administrative referral
  • Parental referral
  • Self-Referral 

The school counselor is NOT:

  • A Disciplinarian
  • An Administrator
  • A Social Worker
  • A Therapist

Mental Health Association

Mental Health America of Eastern Missouri is dedicated to promoting mental health and wellness, preventing mental disorders and achieving victory over mental illness through advocacy, education and service.

School-Based Counseling Services

The Mehlville School District is partnering with Lutheran and Family Children Services (LFCS) to provide school-based counseling services to our students. The school-based counselor is a mental health position funded though the St Louis County Keeping Kids First Fund. The services are free of cost to students, parents, and schools and supplement the existing guidance counselor services provided by the school district so that students can receive increased services.

Our LFCS school-based counselor can provide an array of services, such as consultations with parents, and / or school staff; presentations for staff or parents; crisis intervention; individual counseling with a student; family consultation; skills groups for students on topics such as social skills, friendships, anger management, communication skills, grief / loss; and more.

A student can be referred for counseling by a parent, teacher, school guidance counselor or administrator, or self-referral. If a student is referred for individual or group counseling, we will contact the parent or guardian to obtain consent and schedule a meeting with the parent or guardian to gather additional information and further explain the services offered.

Kellie Capotorto, MA, LPC 

Lutheran Family and Children's Services of Missouri
[email protected]

The Mehlville School District strictly prohibits discrimination and harassment against employees, students or others on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or sex including pregnancy, sexual orientation, and gender identity and other characteristics protected by law. The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: contact Adam Smith at 314-467-5006 or [email protected].