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Counseling

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.  The Counselor is also available on a short-term basis for issues related to grief/loss, family issues, and other personal concerns.

In order for the counselor to work successfully with students, confidentially is an essential piece of the counselor/student relationship and in building trust.  Information shared with the counselor will remain confidential with the exceptions of professional mandated reporting laws. 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 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 child.  Building trust with the child 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 to the counselor by a school faculty member, by his/her parent, or by the students themselves. 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 (kmccarty@sfayl.org) or phone.  The counselor is here on Mondays and Wednesdays (8:45-2:45) and half-days on Fridays (8:45-11:45)

About the Counselor:

Kelli 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 ten years, and is excited to serve the students and families of St. Francis.