Counselor's Corner

Welcome to the Virtual Counseling Center!

My name is Julie Garabedian (a.k.a. Mrs. G) and I am looking forward to working with you and your family! As the District counselor, I am grateful to work with each of the school communities in the Pleasant Ridge District serving all students in grades TK-8.

Counseling Services

I address the social, emotional, academic and career development of all students in the District. By using a multi-tiered system of support, I provide classroom lessons on social-emotional learning and coping skills, small group counseling on various topics and individual and crisis counseling. I advocate for all students to support their academic success and emotional well-being.

I am available to meet in person or virtually. To complete an appointment request form, click on the following links:

Magnolia Tuesdays & Fridays

Cottage Hill Wednesdays

Alta Sierra Thursdays

Arete Charter Academy Mondays

I can also be reached by phone or text at 530-205-7026

•Check out this video on the role of Elementary School Counselors

Bitmoji Classroom

Visit my Bitmoji Classroom for links to fun videos & articles, such as the mental health benefits of being in nature & smiling, how kindness can change the world, etc...

Coping skills.

Dedicated to coping skills, this page offers new ways to manage big feelings. Just click on the emotion and see what you find!

Check out the student & parent tabs for resources & information

Positive Affirmations

When feeling anxious, say these things to yourself to feel calm & in control.

"The opposite of depression is expression. What comes out of our bodies doesn't make us ill, what stays in does." ~Dr. Edith Eger, Holocaust Survivor & Psychologist

Drop-In Counseling at Granite Wellness Center in Grass Valley

  • A new counseling option is available through Granite Wellness Center

  • No appointment necessary, walk-ins welcome

  • Mondays and Wednesdays, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

If experiencing a mental health crisis, please use the resources below:


•Nevada County Behavioral Health 24-hour crisis line (Grass Valley): 530.265.5811

•Community Beyond (Domestic) Violence 24-hour crisis line: 530.272.3467

•Placer County 24-hour Child and Teen Help: 800.852.8336 or 310.855.4673

•Stand Up Placer County (Domestic Violence 24-hour Hotline): 530.575.5352

•National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 (24-hour hotline)

•Crisis Text Line: Text 'HOME' to 741741 for 24/7 support