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Guidance Program

We are a team of professional school counselors whose mission is to provide a comprehensive K-12 program that fosters development in academic, career, and personal/social domains.  We cohesively provide students 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 – 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 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 and Aocohol 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

Please note school counselors do not provide “therapy” or “traditional counselling”. 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 exception of student safety.


Brendan Diffley 843.873.1643 x 2009
Director of Guidance/Assistant Head


Anna Bright  843.873.1643 x 2018
Guidance Counselor - Lower and Middle School