Through its counseling services, ExcelGDS provides young people with ongoing, individualized support that is critical to their psychosocial development and mental health. Counseling involves helping youth make needed changes in ways of thinking, feeling, and behaving, and is a goal-based collaborative process, involving non-judgmental support. Experienced psychologists and social workers help ExcelGDS students find positive solutions to the behavioral, psychological, and social challenges they face. Counselors offer guidance to individuals and families who are dealing with issues that affect their mental health and well-being. Together they develop strategies to cope with stress and trauma in their lives and to avoid destructive behaviors and peer pressure.