School Counseling

Phone: 704-290-1500


Degrees and Certifications:

Mr. Ira Chase

Dear Kensington Elementary School Family,

I wanted to introduce myself to you as I am honored to serve as your new school counselor. Having earned graduate degrees in Psychology and Counseling, I am also a clinical mental health counselor. Over the course of my counseling career, I have worked with diverse populations in a variety of settings, including social service agencies such as a runaway youth shelter, adolescent group home, teen pregnancy center, and substance abuse center, as well as a social worker at a training center and behavioral specialist on a developmental services unit.

In addition, I have served as a counseling psychologist within the University System of Georgia, as a psychotherapist in private practice and school-based therapist in Charlotte, and as a school counselor within CMS, including at the elementary school level. My work in group private practice included providing therapeutic support to military veterans at Ft. Bragg, helping CPCC to establish a counseling program, and conducting support groups through Presbyterian Hospital.

Given my diverse yet relevant background, I believe that I have much to offer the KES community. I have long been dedicated to helping students overcome academic, social, and emotional challenges to achieve success in school and life, whether through the school system, social services, higher education, or private sector. Having worked closely with those facing challenges which might hinder their potential, I understand the vital importance of a holistic approach.

As I embark on this new role, I welcome your feedback and support. While I do not claim to have all the answers for those in need, I want you to know that I am committed to helping our students achieve their full potential. I may be reached at 704-290-1500 or by email at and I look forward to meeting you.


Ira Chase

  • Confidentiality Statement

    School counselors recognize their primary obligation for confidentiality is to the student but balance that obligation with an understanding of the family or guardians’ legal and inherent rights to be the guiding voice in their children’s lives (ASCA Code of Ethics).

    The role of the school counselor in regards to confidentiality is:

    • To support the students right to privacy and protect confidential information received from students, the family, guardian and staff members
    • To explain the meaning and limits of confidentiality to students in developmentally appropriate terms
    • To provide appropriate disclosure and informed consent regarding the counseling relationship and confidentiality
    • To inform students and the family of the limits to confidentiality when: Student poses a danger to self or others, Court ordered disclosure, Consultation with other professionals in support of the student i.e. colleagues, supervisors, treatment teams, and other support personnel
    • To keep personal notes separate from educational records and not disclose their contents except when privacy exceptions exist
    • To seek guidance from supervisors and appropriate legal advice when their records are subpoenaed
    • To assert their belief that information shared by students is “confidential” and should not be revealed without the student’s consent
    • To adhere to all laws protecting student records, health information, and special services (i.e., HIPAA, FERPA, IDEA)