Counseling at Clinton

Welcome to Counseling at Clinton! 

At the Clinton School, we are committed to creating a supportive and inclusive community for all our students. The underlying principle guiding our school counseling program is that academic success in 6th–12th grades goes hand-in-hand with social and emotional well-being. Working closely with teachers and administrators, we provide developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive support services to all our students in middle and high school. While our immediate goal is to support students during their tenure at Clinton, our long-term mission is to prepare them for life beyond high school. Our counseling program operates around the following core beliefs:

  • All students have the capacity to learn and succeed in school and in life. 
  • Students of all ages excel when they have strong emotional intelligence (EI). EI enables a person to recognize, understand, and manage emotions. Our counseling program supports the healthy development of EI, with an emphasis on short-term, solution-focused strategies. When students have the skills to manage their own emotions, they’re more able to maintain healthy relationships, become more self-aware, and engage in responsible decision-making. 
  • As counselors, we see ourselves as advocates for our students. We provide individual and group counseling for students in the areas of academic management, socio-emotional development, and college and career planning. Implementation is both proactive and responsive, based on the needs of the community. Students are best supported through a collaborative network of community members, including teachers, school staff, and family. 
  • Community is important at Clinton. We believe that pre-teens and adolescents thrive in communities that are close-knit and supportive. We believe that peer collaboration and mediation strengthens personal development as well as our school community. As such, our counseling program provides opportunities for students to learn with and from each other, to collaboratively develop a positive school culture, and to have fun. 
  • We are here to support all students. We value the diversity of our student community within our larger community of New York City. Planning and implementation take into consideration all students’ ethnic, cultural, racial, sexual orientation/identity differences, and special needs.

We love what we do and are excited to be part of the Clinton Community! Please let us know how we can help!

Ms. Allison Holtman
Middle Grades School Counselor
212-524-4360 ext 7052
Smith College, BA
New York University, MA 
*Hablo español


Ms. Tracy Schaffzin
Upper Grades School Counselor
212-524-4360  ext 3193
Brown University, BA
Columbia University, MPH
Fordham University, MSEd



Allison Holtman

Middle Grades School Counselor


Tracy Schaffzin

Upper Grades School Counselor