Student Assistance Counseling Services

It is my mission to meet our students’ academic, emotional, behavioral, and chemical health needs by imparting positive living skills in a safe, nurturing environment. I am a member of the Intervention & Referral Services (I&RS) Committee and the School Based Youth Services Program. I am also the advisor to the Drug Free and Natural Helper clubs. My role as a professional counselor is to guide students through various obstacles, which may be characterized by: feelings of anxiety & depression, drug & alcohol concerns, family transitions, peer/social conflict, stress management, grief/loss, and suicide prevention. Services may include individual and group counseling, prevention & psychoeducation, and linkage to community-based services.

Students may self-refer or peers, family members, and staff may initiate a referral. All counseling services provided are confidential and voluntary unless otherwise mandated due to a violation of the school substance abuse policy. Students are encouraged to share their participation in counseling services with their parent/guardian although it is not required. In some situations, students may also give written permission for information to be disclosed. Please note the following exceptions when confidentiality must be broken: any indication of a safety risk when a student is at risk of harming him or herself, is harming someone else, is being harmed by another individual, if there is a legal mandate to do so (i.e. commission of a crime, issued subpoena, court order, or other involvement within the legal system), or in the event of a medical emergency.