Guidance Counseling

The goal of the counseling office at Bessemer Academy is to assist all of our students in the following three areas:

Personal/Social Issues

Guidance for Academic Goals

Career Counseling

As students grow and change over the years they will be faced with many important decisions and situations. We want to empower them to make the best decisions possible. Students are free to stop by the counselor’s office at any time with teacher’s permission. If the counselor can not meet with them at that time, an appropriate time will be set up.

Bessemer Academy works with and recommends professional resources for our students and their families needing support, information, and counseling beyond the scope of what our office can provide. These are:

AMERICAN FOUNDATION FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION (AFSP)- National not-for-profit organization exclusively dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide through research, education and advocacy, and to reaching out to people with mental disorders and those impacted by suicide

ALABAMA BAPTIST CHILDREN’S HOME AND FAMILY MINISTRIES · (205) 945-0037 Locations in Jefferson and Shelby counties; registered play therapist on staff

ALL KIDS · (888) 373-KIDS (5437)-Low cost health insurance for children and teens

AMELIA CENTER · (205) 251-3430- Free grief and loss counseling to children and their families; individual and group counseling; critical incident/stress management; training for caregivers, health care professionals, school counselors, teachers, clergy, others; media center with numerous resources

AMERICAN RED CROSS · (205) 458-8282


CHILD & ADOLESCENT ASSOCIATES · (205) 978-7511- Small group practice, including a psychiatrist

COVENANT COUNSELING AND EDUCATION · (205) 879-7500- Couples, families, and individuals; numerous groups and educational resources; focus areas of counselors include eating disorders, addictive disorders, anxiety disorders, depression, substance abuse, sexual abuse survivors, life transitions, men’s issues, women’s issues, family dynamics, parenting, and ADHD; psycho educational evaluations

CONTEXT COUNSELING · (205) 328-1037- Adolescents, marriage, family; focus areas include depression, alcoholism, anger management, severe disorders, and others

CRISIS CENTER · (205) 323-7777- 24-hour crisis line; no face-to-face counseling, though referrals can be made. Sign up for program to talk to friendly volunteer on a daily basis
Kids Helpline–(205) 328-5437 (328-KIDS) Line open 3 – 10 PM
Teen Hotline–(205) 328-5465- Line open 3 – 10 PM
Senior Talkline–(205) 328-8255

GRAYSON AND ASSOCIATES · (205) 871-6926 (Homewood) (205) 444-0420 (Riverchase)- Large group of therapists with access to psychiatrists and expedited hospitalization; adolescents and adults; psychological evaluations and psychotherapy

RELATIONSHIPS, INC. · (205) 991-3683- Individuals, families, children; concentration areas include depression, anxiety, anger, addictions, attention deficit disorders, grief, repressed memories, marital and parent-child relational difficulties

SAMARITAN COUNSELING CENTER · (205) 967-3660- Christian group practice


ANGELLE TAYLOR, M. Ed., LPC · (205) 879-9446- Marriage, family, personal growth, coping skills, time management, crisis intervention, grief, stress

WELLSPRING CHRISTIAN CLINIC · (205) 879-9964- Christian counseling practice with various therapists on staff, including a clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, certified addictions counselor, and a psychiatrist

RAPE RESPONSE · (205) 323-7273(RAPE)- Free rape kit in a non-hospitalized setting; free individual or family counseling for survivors of sexual assault

OASIS COUNSELING · (205)933-0338- Sliding scale fee


GATEWAY FAMILY SERVICES · (205) 664-5541- Children, adolescents, and adults; able to accept sliding scale fees due to United Way subsidy