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The Counseling Department is here to offer nonjudgmental support in negotiating the varied aspects of teen life and student experience here at LWHS. The counselors are faculty members with time dedicated for students to utilize for supportive conversation, problem solving, and help with coping skills. All students can speak with the LWHS counselors at their own request. Students may also be referred by a parent or guardian, teacher or administrator.
While the counselors are trained and licensed, LWHS does not offer ongoing psychotherapy on campus or virtually. The counselors will not diagnose or offer ongoing treatment for any specific mental health disorders. Meeting with a counselor is not intended to be a substitute for psychotherapy with a licensed mental health practitioner.
The counselors are available to help studentsand families figure out whether or not they need or want therapy, as well as what kind of therapy might be a good fit. The department prioritizes maintaining a robust network in order to help students and families find a therapist, agency, or program to more fully meet their needs.
It is assumed that all LWHS students have parental consent to meet with the Counselors. The content of counseling sessions with an LWHS school counselor(s) is legally protected by the right to confidentiality, except as allowed or required by law. Exceptions to confidentiality required by law include disclosure or reasonable suspicion of 1) abuse of a minor or dependent elder 2) risk or plan to harm oneself 3) risk or plan to harm others.
LWHS is committed to supporting overall student well-being. As such, during circumstances of Distance and Hybrid Learning, the LWHS counselors provide online counseling. This involves the use of electronic communications to enable the counselor to connect with students through interactive video and/or audio communications. In order to protect the privacy of students, meetings with counselors will never be recorded by the counselor and may not be recorded by students or any other party. Despite reasonable efforts on the part of LWHS and the LWHS counselors, there are risks associated with online counseling, including, but not limited to, the possibility that (1) the transmission of personal information could be disrupted or distorted by technical failures, and (2) the transmission of personal information could be interrupted by unauthorized persons.
The Counseling Department is here to offer students nonjudgmental support in negotiating the varied aspects of teen life and student experience here at LWHS.
All students on campus are welcome to speak with the counselor if they desire. While the counselors are trained and licensed as therapists, LWHS doesn’t offer ongoing psychotherapy.
The counselors can help students figure out whether or not they may want or need therapy, as well as what kind of therapy might be a good fit.
Students are welcome to drop by, approach a counselor in the halls or reach out by email.
Support for students includes:
Individual and group support
Help accessing affordable health and mental health services
Peer conflict resolution
Support with various aspects of student life at LWHS
Peer support groups
Crisis intervention and stabilization
The counselors are here to work with the families of LWHS students as they support their students in the varied aspects of their lives.
Support for families includes:
Help accessing affordable services
Concerns for your child
Questions about how to support a teen
Help figuring out if your child or family needs outside support
Collaboration with outside providers
Families of students are welcome to get in touch by email, phone, or stop by to say hello when on campus. A time can be scheduled to figure out how to best help a child and family get the support they need.
The counselors also provides large and small group programming, in-service training, and consultation for faculty, staff, and administration. As part of the support team for each student, the counselor works closely with families, administrators, advisors, teachers, learning strategies, and outside professionals.
Support for faculty, staff, and administration includes:
Professional development trainings and workshops
Consultation with faculty and administration
Class visits and presentations
Classroom observation regarding individual student needs or student dynamics
Collaboration with outside providers
Crisis preparedness and crisis intervention
List of 2 members.
Director of Counseling
Location + Hours
The Counseling Offices are open every day during school hours. You can find Nikkia Young in H101 and Yuka Hachiuma in H307B.
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