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Wellness Team

AHS Wellness Program

The Wellness Program at AHS provides prevention and short term intervention for all students facing social and emotional challenges that impact academic performance, attendance, and behavior at school. In a safe and supportive environment students can meet with a wellness counselor to discuss a variety of complex issues such as stress, trauma, suicide, depression, bullying, grief, self-esteem, family life, drug and alcohol use, relationships and gender identity and LGBTQ+.  Students can learn positive, lifelong habits that contribute to their well-being and success.  The Wellness Program provides short-term (up to 12 sessions) individual, group and/or drop-in support in a confidential, non-judgmental space staffed with therapists who are dedicated to improving the health, well-being and educational outcomes of all students.

 

Who we are:

Wellness Coordinator:

April M. Torres, LMFT

atorres@smuhsd.org

 

Wellness Counselors:

Max Berstein, LMFT

mberstein@smuhsd.org

 

Jill Ma, LCSW

jma@smuhsd.org

 

Staysha Veal, LMFT

sveal@smuhsd.org

 

Wellness Counselor for Key Program:

Nikki Taylor, MFTI

ntaylor@smuhsd.org

Services Provided:

  • Short-term (12 session) individual counselor support
  • Group counseling
  • Drop-in & crisis support
  • Mental health assessments
  • Referrals to community partners for:
    • Long-term therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Acute or severe mental health/psychotic disorders
    • Eating disorders
    • Trauma

 

Referral Process:

Talk with your student's school counselor as the first step to accessing wellness service or come in during drop in hours.