The overall role of the school counselor is to support students in managing emotions, resolving conflicts, and to help students engage in successful school relationships.  At times, the Counselor engages in classroom lessons regarding social and emotional development as well as helps with minor, one time issues or immediate, crisis situations. 

School counseling is considered a regular/general educational service provided by the school. The counselor may meet with all students at the school, however continual counseling sessions will require signed Informed Consent from the legal parent or guardian of the child (see parent permission form below).   With consent, the Counselor is available for short-term, on-going, one-on-one counseling issues related to grief/loss, anxiety, family issues, and other personal concerns.

For the counselor to work successfully with students in an individual counseling relationship confidentially is an essential piece of the relationship and in building trust.  However, the counselor is under professional mandated reporting laws and any situation where a student may be involved in behavior that could be identified as dangerous to either themselves or others, or where reasonable suspicion of child abuse is identified, will result in mandatory reporting as stipulated by California law.  

In addition, because individual counseling is offered in a school setting and not in private practice, there may be times when sharing information with parents/guardians, the child’s teacher, and/or administrators or school personnel, will be in the best interest of assisting the student.  Building trust with the student is the main goal, but when appropriate, the counselor will be collaborative and use a team based approach to best assist the student.

Students may be referred for individual counseling by a school faculty member, by his/her parent, or by the students themselves.  If you would like your student to participate in individual counseling, the below consent form is required. Parents who wish to refer their child for counseling or parents who would like to schedule a meeting to discuss their child, can contact the counselor directly by email ( or phone (x345). The counselor is here on Tuesdays and Thursdays (8:30-2:45).

About the Counselor:

Kelli McCarty is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT# 88339), holds a Master’s Degree in Counseling, and has a School Counseling credential (PPS-SC).  Kelli has worked in San Francisco and Houston, but grew up in Orange County and attended Rosary High School. She has been in the mental health field for over eleven years, and is excited to serve the students and families of St. Francis.

Mental Health Resources:

New Hope Crisis Counseling Center

Faith based response, 24/7
714-639-4673 (Hotline)

Text TALK to 741741
Text with a trained crisis counselor from the Crisis Text Line for free, 24/7

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 911 for emergencies
OC Warmline
The Warmline provides confidential 7-day a week phone/text/chat support service for anyone who has concerns about mental health, substance use, is lonely or confused, or who needs information about available mental health services.
Helpful Documents:

With the unprecedented events of 2020, the social and emotional health of our students is of the utmost importance. To help families support their children, our counselor will feature a twice-monthly quick tip in the newsletter and on our social media. The focus will be on topics pertinent to the overall wellness of our children. We are calling the series SEEDs (Social Emotional Education & Development) for Growth.