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Mrs. Pesce


My name is Mrs. Pesce ( pronounced "Pesh"), and I moved here from Winston-Salem when my husband got a position in the school system. While moving during Covid is something I wouldn't wish on anyone, being at Underwood since the fall 2020 has been a gift. Underwood has such extensive academic, creative, and social-emotional learning for children. I hope to bring whatever strengths I have to this position in order to help support you and your family.

My Background

I have been a counselor for 34 years: Community mental health counseling for 13 years and school counseling for 21 years. I have a Master's degree in community counseling. I did post-graduate coursework at UNC-CH and UNC-G. During that time, I worked towards AAMFT certification. I completed the first step, the required number of family counseling training hours and in-depth training in family counseling, with Dr. John T. Edwards, Ph.D. 


My first job was as a Social Worker and Team Leader in a group home for adolescents with behavior and family challenges. While there, I did individual, group, family, and multi-family group counseling.

Later, at Forsyth-Stokes Mental Health, I provided outpatient and in-home therapy to adults, children and families. I also provided case management services to children and teens in Stokes County.

Since 1995, I have been licensed in N.C. as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), now titled N.C. Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor (LCMHC).

When the public mental health system was dismantled, I took a position as the Assistant Dean for Continuing Studies at Salem College, helping academically advise and counsel adult students getting their Bachelor's degree or working to attain their teaching certificate. Part of my role there was to set up and promote community learning programs, as well as doing recruiting and marketing for Salem College.

After having my two girls, I began work as a school counselor. I went back to graduate school at N.C. A&T, took courses in school counseling and received my school counselor's license from the Department of Public Instruction. 

While I do miss working with clients and doing in-home work in the community, I truly love working in a school setting. I love the sweet and funny things children say, their honesty, their sense of humor, and their learning opportunities too.

Schools are the hubs of social-emotional and academic support and development for our children, and we have been working diligently to address the social-emotional gaps that the pandemic has caused. We see kids growing in all areas and are continuing our work in seeing our students learn skills that will help them be successful in life.

My Approach

      I take a strengths-based approach in mind when working with students, focusing on growing the integrity, strengths and gifts of all students. I incorporate cognitive-behavioral work, family systems thinking, some Brief Therapy approaches, relationship-building, Conscious Discipline, some 1-2-3 Magic! and play therapy techniques when working with students.

I look forward to getting to know you and your family. Please email me at fpesce@wcpss if you have any questions or if I can help in any way. :)