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We are a team of professional school counselors whose mission is to provide a comprehensive PK - 12 program that fosters development in academic, career, and personal/social domains. We cohesively provide students with the opportunity to gain skills and develop their unique potential to become successful in all aspects of life. With your support and cooperation, together we can help make your child’s school years a rewarding experience. 

Services Provided

Classroom Presentations

Offering classes to teach, practice and engage students with social skills, interpersonal skills, problem-solving skills, coping skills, respect of self and others, study skills and organization. 

Responsive Services

Meeting the immediate needs of a student, consultation and collaboration with teachers, families, specialists, small group education and support. We strive to offer brief solution-focused counseling, community resource referrals, and professional development and evaluation.

Drug & Alcohol Education
Each year Pinewood students in grades 8 and 10 participate in a drug and alcohol prevention program.  Pinewood has partnered with MUSC’s Center for Drug and Alcohol Programs to bring a science-based curriculum to students. The program is designed to give our students a better understanding of the impact of drugs and alcohol, especially at a young age. Outside presenters come to Pinewood over multiple days to present the information.

College Counseling

Pinewood's College Counseling program offers students the individualized attention and support needed to find the best fit for their future educational endeavors. High School students have the opportunity to visit college campuses on school-sponsored tours, meet with college admissions representatives on campus, and participate in informational sessions such as College Night. 

Please note: School counselors do not provide “therapy” or “traditional counseling.” Referrals for outside counseling services are available for children experiencing grief, divorce, family separations, deployment, or mental health concerns.

Confidentiality Statement: To respect the rights and relationships of students, information shared with the counselor will remain confidential with the exception of matters related to student safety.

Brendan Diffley 
843.873.1643, ext. 2009
Director of Guidance/Assistant Head 

Jaime Gouin 
843.873.1643, ext. 2018
School Counselor