Welcome to REAL Journey Academies

Student Wellness and Support!

Are you currently experiencing an Immediate crisis and need immediate support? Please Call 9-1-1

24/7 Mental Health Support:

call (888) 743-1478 (SB County)

(951) 686-HELP (4357) (Riverside County)

24/7 Crisis services: Call 2-1-1 in any county to be connected to emergency pandemic support or click here

Need someone to listen? contact 1-800-273-8255 or text 741-741 for immediate response from a crisis counselor

24 hours a day, 7 days a week

For all emergency services Call 9-1-1

REAL Journey Academies Counseling Department

The Real Journey Academies Counseling Department consists of 6 full time Pupil Personnel Services credentialed School Counselors and 6 part time Clinical Counselor trainees. We also have school counseling interns from local unIVERSITIES who support our campuses every semester.

Student Wellness and Support Services

Check out our Virtual RJA counseling and wellness resources!

Mental Health Support Services

  • Brittany Perez, Director of Counseling Services

  • Pamela Crandall, School Counselor Entrepreneur High School

  • Olivia Martinez, School Counselor Entrepreneur High School

  • Kassandra Wachtel, School Counselor New Vision Middle School

  • Naoje Williams, School Counselor The Journey School (Tk-6)

  • Angela Guevara, School Counselor Iempire Academy (Tk-5)

Community Partnerships with REAL Journey Academies

  • University of Redlands-School Counseling Internship placement site, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Trainee Practicum site

  • Community Crisis Response Team-909-421-9233 *Pager number 909-420-0560 (SB county) * CRISIS RESPONSE SERVICES

  • Victor Community Support Services: referral number 909-522-4656 (FREE services for parents and students)

  • South Coast Community Support Services: referral number call 877-527-7227

  • ABLE Mediation Counseling Services referral number(Middle school/High school): 909-980-2253

  • Raising Kings Mentorship program referral phone number: 951-456-1882

  • Young Visionaries Mentorship program (Middle school/High school) visit http://yvyla-ie.org/site/?page_id=96

  • Focus on today, Inc. Individual Counseling, Group Counseling, community support hotline for parents 7am-7pm

  • 24/7 Counseling support call 2-1-1 or text Hello to 741-741 (crisis text hotline) for 24/7 support for teachers, parents and students

Positive school climate and culture

  • District level Lead-Brittany Perez, Director of Counseling Services

  • Andrea Secoff, Assistant Principal, Iempire Academy

  • Angela Guevara, School Counselor, Iempire Academy

  • Jamila Vorise, Assistant Principal, The Journey School

  • Naoje Williams, School Counselor, The Journey School

  • Susann Hazen, Assistant Principal, New Vision Middle School

  • Kassandra Wachtel, School Counselor, New Vision Middle School

  • Daniela Carrillo, Assistant Principal, Entrepreneur High School

  • Pamela Crandall, School Counselor, Entrepreneur High School

  • Olivia Martinez, School Counselor, Entrepreneur High School

Attendance Welfare and Support Services

  • Steven Woods, Student Service Coordinator

  • Philip Powell, Student Success Coordinator

College and Career Programing

  • CCGI District Level Lead-Brittany Perez, Director of Counseling Services

  • CCGI Site Level lead Entrepreneur High School-Olivia Martinez, School Counselor

  • CCGI Site Level lead New Vision Middle School-Kassandra Wachtel, School Counselor

  • CCGI District Data Lead-Veronica Pacheco, Director of Academic Resources

  • CCGI District Marketing Lead-Lonnie Yansurak, Director of School Development

  • Dual Enrollment Lead-Olivia Martinez, School Counselor

Homeless Liaisons:

  • Vanessa Calderas-Iempire Academy 909-327-2534

  • Grace Bravo-The Journey School 951-601-6620

  • Maricela Figueroa-New Vision Middle School 909-888-8390

  • Alicia Brieno -Entrepreneur High School 909-327-2782

Director of Counseling Services-Brittany Perez, MA, LPCC, PPS


My name is Brittany Perez and I am the Director of Counseling Services for REAL Journey Academies. I am a founding counselor for REAL Journey Academies and I have dedicated my career to increasing opportunities for mental health support services for students and families in the school setting as well as advocating to increase the use of positive behavior intervention supports, trauma informed care and restorative practices in schools.

  • I received my Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from University of California, Riverside (Go Highlanders!) and my Master of Arts in Counseling, K-12; Higher Education from the University of Redlands (Go Bulldogs!). I received my LPCC Respecialization Certificate in Clinical Counseling from Azusa Pacific University (Go Cougars!).

  • I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (#7249) and hold a Pupil Personnel Services credential in School Counseling. I am also Certified Clinical Trauma Professional, Certified Anxiety Treatment Professional and Certified Telemental Health Provider. I have over 10 years of experience counseling children, adolescents and adults in both the school setting and community mental health setting. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I am so grateful to be able to do what I love.

  • My favorite stress management strategies are mindfulness/meditation, daily prayer, daily gratitude, reading, spending time with my two dogs and yoga. Sunshine breaks are a MUST!

  • My favorite colors are pink and yellow

  • My favorite program to plan and coordinate at RJA is our annual young women's empowerment conference established in 2016

  • On the weekends I enjoy spending time relaxing with my boyfriend, my family, my friends and my doggies. I also enjoy traveling, hiking and trying new coffee shops! Most recently I began gardening as a hobby so lets see how my little garden does!

  • Email: B.Perez@realjourney.org or call 909-327-2782 for any questions or to find out more about our services!

Always remember you are SO LOVED and YOU MATTER! We are so grateful to serve our wonderful families!

Meet our amazing team!

Click on your counselors name or picture to access their website!