• Welcome to CRMS Counseling!
    Office Hours: 7:30am-3:30pm, School Counselors' Hours: 7:40am-3:05pm
    Phone: 856-582-3535 Ext. 5320, Fax: 856-589-0683 

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    School CounselorsASCA NJSCA
    Our school counselors have Master's Degrees and are professionally trained in the three domains of school counseling: academic success, college and career readiness, and social/emotional development. Click here for the American School Counselor Association description of the middle school counselor. Under Multi-Tiered System of Supports, direct counseling services include: school-wide activities, classroom lessons, individual planning or counseling, group counseling sessions, referral to resources.
    Department Vision/Mission
    The District School Counseling Department is Building Better People by helping all students achieve school success and plan for their future.

    All About Our Staff! 

    School Counselor Assignments 
    Students are organized alphabetically by their last names, partnered with a dedicated school counselor for all three years of middle school. We are unable to accommodate counselor change requests from students or parents, ensuring consistent support. Refer to the current listing and reach out to your counselor anytime for assistance.   

Phone: 856-582-3535 Ext. 5320


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Michelle Bucci, Counseling Secretary

Mrs. Bucci is the Counseling Office's Secretary. She always greets both students and staff to the office with a friendly and welcoming smile! Mrs. Bucci's easygoing nature and professionalism definitely help the CRMS counselors to fulfill their responsbilities.

Phone: 856-582-3535 Ext. 5322


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - University of Valley Forge MA, Counseling in Educational Settings - Rowan University Certification: School Counselor Activities: Section 504 School Coordinator, Crisis Response School Lead, Equity Council Middle School Counselor Lead

Mr. Guy Crawley, School Counselor

Mr. Crawley earned his B.S. degree in Psychology from the University of Valley Forge in 2018, with minors in Family Studies and Pastoral Counseling. He then earned his M.A. degree from Rowan University in Counseling in Educational Settings in 2021. During his time in college, he’s completed internships at the Burlington Regional DCF School’s “Project TEACH” program, which allows pregnant or parenting teens to complete their High School Diploma. He also completed additional internships at the Pennsauken School District at Pennsauken Intermediate School, G.H. Carson Elementary School, and the Baldwin Early Childhood Learning Center.

Mr. Crawley has a passion for working with students. His primary goal is to ensure that students’ academic, career, and social-emotional needs are met. Mr. Crawley wants to continue to uphold the safe environment that Chestnut Ridge provides and continue to help students combat barriers that could be a detriment to their overall development and achievement. It is his sincere honor to serve the students and stakeholders of the WTPS community!

Mr. Crawley enjoys listening to music, going to the Jersey shore, and spending time with family and friends.

Grade 6 = Nar-Z

Grade 7 = Nat-Z

Grade 8 = Odo-Z

Appointments: Email


Phone: 856-582-3535 Ext. 5323


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - Stockton University MS Ed, School Counseling - Monmouth University Certification: School Counselor Activities: Section 504 School Coordinator, No Place for Hate Lead

Ms. Alison LaBella, School Counselor

Ms. LaBella received her B.A. degree in Psychology from Stockton University in 2012, and then earned her M.S.Ed degree in School Counseling from Monmouth University in 2017. Ms. LaBella entered the field of school counseling in 2017, and has since worked with students in grades K-12 in a variety of diverse school communities.

Ms. LaBella joined the WTPS Middle School Counseling Department in February 2022, where she held the role of Traveling Middle School Counselor/Interventionist. In this role, Ms. LaBella got to provide individual and group counseling, school-based counseling lessons, and community-based parent webinars on multiple topics. Additionally, Ms. LaBella served as the Anti-Bullying Specialist (ABS) for all three middle schools.

In the 2022-2023 school year, Ms. LaBella transitioned to her role as the full time 8th Grade School Counselor at CRMS. In this capacity, Ms. LaBella helped her students achieve academic and social/emotional success in this pivotal year of their academic career.

For the 2023-2024 school year, Ms. LaBella is ready to meet the varied needs of all students she’ll be working with in grades 6-8. In addition, Ms. LaBella is looking forward to building a rapport with students/families that are brand new to her, as well as strengthening rapport with those she has worked with before. 

Ms. LaBella has a passion for traveling, home decor, all things related to the Fall season, and trying new restaurants.

Grade 6 = Gal-M

Grade 7 = Gle-Nas

Grade 8 = Goe-Od

Appointments: Email

Phone: 856-582-3535 Ext. 5321


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Sociology - Glassboro State College MA, Student Personnel Services - Rowan University Certification: Secondary Education Social Studies Teacher, School Counselor Activities: Section 504 School Coordinator

Mrs. Deana Leonard, School Counselor

Mrs. Leonard received a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology with a certificate in Secondary Education Social Studies from Glassboro State College in 1992. She taught World History and US History I at WTHS for 10 years. Mrs. Leonard received her Master’s Degree in Student Personnel Services in 1999 from Rowan University. She became a school counselor at CRMS in 2003.


To assist with student success and school-wide goals, Mrs. Leonard participates in various committees, including HUSTLE, No Place for Hate, Section 504 Committee, I&RS Team, Attendance Committee & Safe Schools. Mrs. Leonard was recognized as CRMS Teacher of the Year for the 2009-2010 School Year. She served as Co-President for the professional organization GCPMSCA in 2017-2018, and was named Gloucester County Counselor of the Year in 2018.


Mrs. Leonard enjoys spending time with her family, summers at the beach and fishing on their boat. She is a proud TCNJ and Washington Township High School parent. 

Grade 6 = A-Fra

Grade 7 = A-Ger

Grade 8 = A-Gil

Appointments: Email


Phone: 856-881-7007 Ext. 5022


Degrees and Certifications:

BA, Psychology - Rowan University MA, Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Liberty University Licensure: LAC

Mrs. Julia Owens, Transitional Coach

Mrs. Julia Owens holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Rowan University and a Master’s in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University. She is a Licensed Associate Counselor with specialized training in Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT), and other evidence-based treatment modalities. She has extensive experience working with youth across various settings, including Foster care/Adoption Services, Psychiatric Community Residentials, Intensive In-Community services, and traditional Outpatient services. Julia is dedicated to providing compassionate and effective counseling support.

Outside of her professional endeavors, Julia enjoys spending time at the beach, hiking, reading, and having coffee with friends.

In response to the critical shortage of student support services across the nation's schools, where the average counselor-to-student ratio is 1-to-408, our program introduces a novel approach to address the unmet behavioral health needs of students. At a time when nearly 40% of students are battling untreated behavioral health disorders—a situation that significantly affects attendance, instructional time, disciplinary issues, and overall school climate—we offer hope.

Our program uniquely positions Transitional Coaches in schools to bridge the gap in student support services. These professionals, with their background in counseling, social work, and related fields, are dedicated to nurturing the potential within each child, assisting them to navigate challenges such as academic underachievement, bullying, negative peer influences, grief and loss, low self-esteem, and more.

Working in close collaboration with the school counselors, school leadership team, and staff, Transitional Coaches focus on the holistic development of students. They implement an evidence-based curriculum aimed at fostering respect for authority, goal-setting, assertive communication, substance-use prevention, cultural respect, self-value, and coping mechanisms for personal issues, trauma, and anxiety, among other topics.

Our service is uniquely designed to ensure accessibility and inclusivity, provided at no cost to students, families, or schools, and without affecting any family’s insurance premiums or plans. By aligning with the school's and district's overarching missions and goals, our program not only supports the individual student but also enhances the overall school climate, ensuring a nurturing environment for all students to thrive.