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Counseling Services

Hi, my name is Nora Saunderson and I am the school counselor at Joseph Gale Elementary School. This is my 7th year at Joseph Gale and my 24th year as a counselor in the Forest Grove School District. Joseph Gale is home to a preventative counseling program. I provide weekly classroom guidance lessons, small groups, individual counseling, referrals for parents to community resources and collaboration with parents and staff members.

I can be contacted by phone at 503.359.2482 x 7704 or by email at

Classroom Lessons
I visit each classroom weekly to teach topics in three primary areas:

  • Personal/Social Development
  • Academic Development
  • Career Development
If you would like more information on the curriculum I use, please contact me.


Small Groups
Small groups meet once a week during school hours. They are made up of 4-6 children referred by teachers, parents and myself. Participants have opportunities to build relationships and trust with other children their age in a small group setting. Students learn and practice skills which help them to understand and communicate feelings, make responsible choices and create friendships. Group topics may include: Friendship, Divorce Support or Stress Management. Please contact me if you are interested in one of these groups for your child.

Individual Counseling
Please call me if you are interested in individual counseling for your child. I am able to provide some short term individual counseling if time permits and I can help provide you resources to counseling in the community if needed.

Conflict Resolution
At Joseph Gale students are encouraged to be problem solvers. All students are taught how to solve problems while being safe, respectful and responsible. Kelso's Choice is one program I use to teach conflict resolution. “Talking it Out” or “Making a Deal,” are two choices that students often use to solve a social problem. If students are struggling to solve a social problem they may contact me for mediation.



Who to Contact
Nora Saunderson
503-359-2482 x 7704