Here at BBIS, we recognize individual uniqueness and are committed to the maximum development of human potential.
Through the skillful use of strategic, timely, and personal interventions, school counsellors play a key role in customizing educational experiences in order to enhance capabilities, close achievement gaps among high and low performing groups and support positive choices.
● all students possess the power to manage the quality, growth, and satisfaction in their lives.
● each student has individual abilities, talents, and interests that must be recognized and nurtured.
● all students deserve relationships based upon dignity and respect.
● all students, through lessons, groups, and activities, can be prepared to function successfully in a rapidly changing global society.
● in ongoing evaluation of service delivery that is data-driven and responsive to the needs of our diverse community.
The school counselling programme at BBIS is designed to help students, parents, and teachers develop positive learning experiences. By providing prevention based workshops and counselling support for students with specific social or emotional concerns, the school counsellors aim to make our school a healthy and balanced learning environment.
BBIS School Counsellors help prepare students to be lifelong learners and responsible citizens in the global community through supporting a comprehensive programme that meets their academic, social emotional and career needs. The school counselors are trained at a postgraduate level in school counseling, counseling psychology, or social work, and hold membership in professional organizations such as the International School Counselor Association, the American School Counselor Association, the British Psychological Society and the UK Association of Solution-Focused Practice. We have dedicated counselors for the Primary School, Secondary School, Boarding School and Careers and College Counseling. All BBIS school counselors have years of experience in helping children, adolescents and their families in multi-ethnic and multilingual learning environments.
The primary years are a time when students begin to develop their academic self-concept and their feelings of confidence as learners. They are beginning to develop decision-making, communication and life skills, as well as and character values. It is also a time when students develop and acquire attitudes toward school self, peers, social groups and family.
Comprehensive school counseling programs provide education, prevention and intervention services, which are integrated into all aspects of children’s lives. Early identification and intervention of children’s academic and personal/social needs is essential in removing barriers to learning and in promoting academic achievement. The knowledge, attitudes and skills that students acquire in the areas of academic, career and personal/social development during these primary years serve as the foundation for future success.
Primary School Counsellor
Vivian Huizenga, M.Sc.
Vivian is a Canadian Licensed Psychologist with a Masters in Educational Psychology and Statistics from the State University of New York.
For the first 5 years after obtaining her degrees Vivian worked in rural Canada as a School Psychologist with 14 different schools, including Hutterite and Mennonite communities. For the next 10 years she worked in Montreal with a private center for learning disabilities, The Learning Associates of Montreal, completing assessments for private schools, McGill and Concordia universities and for a psychiatrist in private practice assessing and coaching adults with attention modulation deficits. Vivian also worked for 7 years in the far north with the Inuit and Cree nations assessing children and implementing reading and support programs for communities in transition.
Vivian has always traveled independently worldwide and finally took a post in Kuwait to set up entrance exams for 2 private schools and supported early years learning. Vivian has work at Istanbul International Community School in Turkey for the last 11 years. Vivian’s specialties are reading and attention difficulties. She also has a private practice.
Secondary School is the final two steps in the transition into adulthood and the world of work as students begin separating from parents and exploring and defining their independence. Students are deciding who they are, what they do well, and what they will do when they graduate. During these adolescent years, students are evaluating their strengths, skills and abilities. They face increased pressures regarding risk behaviors involving sex, alcohol and drugs while exploring the boundaries of more acceptable behavior and mature, meaningful relationships.
Secondary School Counsellors are professional educators with a mental health perspective who understand and respond to the challenges presented by today’s diverse student population. Secondary School Counsellors do not work in isolation; rather they are integral to the total educational program. They provide proactive leadership that engages all stakeholders in the delivery of programs and services to help the student achieve success in school. Professional school counsellors align and work with the school’s mission to support the academic achievement of all students as they prepare for the ever-changing world of the 21st century.
Secondary School Counsellor
Head of School Counselling
Steven Gregory, Dipl.-Soz.Arb./Soz.Päd. (GB)
Steve is a British qualified Community, Play and Youth Worker and State Recognised Social Worker/Social Pedagogue. He has also trained as a Solution Focused practitioner. After graduating from the University of Birmingham in 2001, Steve has worked as a Social Worker, Early Childhood Teacher/Administrator and as a K-12 International School Counsellor here in Germany. Steve joined BBIS in 2008, and has since continued his professional training here in Berlin and with the Institute of Education and BRIEF in London.
As part of his role in the Secondary School, he delivers prevention based guidance lessons, via the guidance and PSHE programmes, supports faculty and parents with advice on adolescent issues and is an advocate for young people.
In addition to being responsible for the social and emotional welfare of all grade 6-12 day students, Steve also leads the school counselling team in their programme delivery, evaluation and development. As part of our Extra Curricular Activities programme, Steve supervises the Get Organized Group, Student Ambassadors and RPG Clubs. You may sometimes find him walking in the Harz or Czech Bohemian Mountains, with our Duke of Edinburgh International Award (DofE IA) students, where he is a Deputy Award Leader and a Regional Trainer for the DofE IA Germany.
Boarding School Counsellor
Marcea Eckhardt, MA
Marcea joined BBIS at the start of the 2018-2019 school year as the Boarding School Counsellor. She completed her dual M.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in Agency Counselling: Marriage & Family Therapy and Secondary/Post-Secondary School Counselling. She worked in the US as a Middle School & High School Counsellor for 15 years prior to moving abroad. She has worked abroad for the last six years in Germany, England and Thailand. Ms. Eckhardt has extensive experience providing college admissions advising, 1:1 and group counselling and career awareness and development counselling. She has two grown children who live in the U.S. She enjoys taking walks with her miniature dachshund, exploring rural areas of the UK and Germany, reading, traveling, and most of all, helping students to determine their best pathway for after high school.
The high school years are full of growth, promise, excitement, frustration, disappointment and hope. It is the time when students begin to discover what the future holds for them. Career and College Counsellors enhance the learning process and promote academic achievement. Career and College Counseling programs are essential for students to achieve optimal personal growth, acquire positive social skills and values, set appropriate career goals and realize full academic potential to become productive, contributing members of the world community. They need guidance in making concrete and compounded decisions. They must deal with academic pressures as they face high-stakes testing, the challenges of college admissions, the scholarship and financial aid application process and entrance into a competitive job market.
Careers & College Counsellor
Leslie Silverman Kamphausen, M.Ed
Leslie has been employed at BBIS since its early days. She received a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and French from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and holds a Masters of Education degree in Counseling from Boston University. In her role as our college and careers counsellor, she is mainly responsible for helping students in their career planning, college selection and in the application process. As she works directly with secondary school and boarding schools counsellors, she is also available as a support in social, emotional and personal concerns of the students.
Elke is an international change agent for Positive Education. Her passion is holistic school innovation with the aim to establish student / staff wellbeing skills at the core of education. In her work as a school consultant at Berlin Brandenburg International School, she integrates all aspects of positive education into school life and learning from curriculum development to organizational and spacial reshaping. German origin, she has lived and worked in Asia, Australia, England and the US. Elke Paul holds a doctor in education, a diploma in social work and she has had her own yoga and meditation school for eight years in Sydney. Her diverse set of skills is mirrored in her international workshops, conference presentations, writing, and in her school- and organizational consulting engagements.