In the Jesuit tradition of cura personalis, caring for the whole person, the Counseling Department at Jesuit High School has grown to include a Wellness Counselor on campus. I feel incredibly blessed to fulfill this role. I first joined the Jesuit community in 2009 as the proud parent of a Jesuit student. I have a master’s degree from the University of San Francisco in Counseling Psychology-Marriage and Family Therapy and I am a Marriage and Family Therapist Intern and a Professional Clinical Counselor Intern. I bring to Jesuit my experience as a therapist at Pacific Counseling and Trauma Center, where I continue to see clients part-time.
My goal is to create a safe place within the school where students can talk openly about issues that are troubling them and get the support they need. That support may take the form of meeting with students individually or in small group settings with other students experiencing similar challenges. If I observe that a student may need additional support, I will reach out to a student’s caregiver to discuss my concerns and offer a referral for off-campus support. While the students are aware and feel comfortable knowing that what they share with me and other students in counseling groups is confidential, they are also aware that if I have a concern that they may be a harm to themselves or someone else, I will discuss my concerns with their caregiver.
I will be starting small discussion groups for students in early September and they will run throughout the school year. These small groups generally meet once a week during the school day and last for six weeks. Some of the topics we cover include stress management, depression and anxiety, divorced or separated families, loneliness and fitting in, and drug/alcohol use. Please encourage your sons to stop by my office in the Counseling Center if they are interested in joining any of these small discussion groups, or if they just need to talk about something that is bothering them.
I look forward to a great school year with happy students and happy parents! Go, Marauders!
BA Managerial Economics – UC Davis, 1990
MA Counseling Psychology- University of San Francisco, 2017