Columbus Guidance


School Counselor - Olha Mykula

(973) 478 - 0514

Olha Mykula

Hello everyone!

My name is Olha Mykula and I am honored and privileged to serve as a School Counselor here at Columbus Elementary School.

My role as a School Counselor is to promote a positive and safe school environment in which students can grow into their best selves academically and socio-emotionally. I am committed to serve as a liaison between parents/guardians, teachers, students, and the community to help children reach their highest potential and become productive citizens of tomorrow!

I primarily work from a strength-based perspective which emphasizes each individual's (in this case, young student's) existing strengths and resources available. I help students recognize these internal strengths so that they can feel empowered to view challenges as opportunities to learn and succeed.

Specific topics that I focus on covering each year include: bullying prevention, conflict resolution, time management, mindfulness and coping skills, self-esteem, career exploration, responsible decision making, social skills, self-awareness, and others.

What I do:

⁃ Individual counseling

⁃ Small group counseling

⁃ Character education lessons

⁃ Linking students and their families to appropriate resources and referrals

⁃ Observing students in various school environments

⁃ Providing immediate help in crisis situations

⁃ Advocacy

Below I provided a list of some helpful resources and books to assist students and parents:




Helpful Resources




Helping Children and Families cope with the COVID-19 Pandemic

This guide contains strategies and activities that parents / guardians can do together with children

"Social skills Activities for Kids: 50 Fun Exercises for Making Friends, Talking and Listening, and Understanding Social Rules" by Natasha Daniels

Social Skills

This book proivides many activities for children to help them develop social skills.


This online book provides parents with strategies on how to help their children to cope with a death of their loved one.

"I Am Enough" by Grace Byers

Self-Esteem and Self-Acceptance

This book offers positive affirmations for children.  It celebrates children for who they are.

"The Thankful Book" by Todd Parr


This beautifully illustrated book teaches children the importance of gratitude and respecting the earth.

"The Color Monster: A Pop-Up Book of Feelings" by Anna Llenas


Naming Feelings

This book encourages children to open up about how they feel.

"A Perfectly Messed-Up Story" by Patrick McDonnell


This book teaches children how to embrace their imperfections.


"Have You Filled a Bucket Today?" by Carol McCloud Kindness

This book teaches kids the importance of kindness and giving through small daily acts of kindness.



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