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School Counseling & Health

Well-being Support at UHS during COVID19 and Beyond - Click here for resources related to well-being support.

Meet the Team

A Message from Counseling Services

Hello and thanks for visiting. For the 2021-2022 school year, counseling services are provided to the UHS community by Lindsay Repko, MFT, Sebastien Beaudet, PPSC, and Timothy Kim, PsyD during the school week. Students can drop by one of our two counseling offices in Upper and Middle campuses or email counseling@sfuhs.org or call 415.447.3111. We request that family members and parents make appointments by email or phone. In times of crisis, please refer to the right margin of this page.

Families can find a comprehensive overview of the counseling services at UHS in multiple languages here (last updated in 2020). Students also have access to a virtual school counseling page in Canvas here. Additional resources pertaining to adolescence and support for parents of and families with teens are listed at the bottom of this section and also in the Google Drive.


The Nature of Mental Health Support at UHS
Adolescence is a time of discovery, growth, and transition. Sometimes, the journey can be confusing or painful. Counseling support at University High School is available to all students, whether there is an urgent need or a persistent, long term struggle. Counseling services are generally short-term, and we assist folks in identifying longer term therapeutic spaces outside of the school. Through counseling, students can better understand their experience in a confidential space. We strive to meet students where they are, listen deeply to their concerns in a supportive, non-judgmental manner, and offer responses that are thoughtful and practical. Within a school, there are a myriad of issues that arise for students and we have experience working with a variety of concerns including but limited to:

  • Divorce and separations
  • Loss of a family member or friend
  • Alcohol/drug/tobacco use and abuse
  • Eating disorders and body image
  • Health
  • Friendships and relationships
  • Gender
  • Sexuality
  • Transitions
  • Trauma
  • Identity and Race
  • Consent
  • Concerns about school performance
  • Balancing extracurricular activities with academics
  • Stress
  • Future goals

We hope to guide folks to new insight about their relationships with themselves and others, as they discover ways to thrive in the UHS Community and larger world. Therapeutic work is also most successful when there is a good fit, so if I’m unable to form a solid relationship with a student, we will assist in finding a professional who can.
 

Collaboration with Faculty and Staff at UHS
We regularly collaborate with mentors, faculty, coaches, and staff to facilitate a deeper understanding of how to support students in and outside of the classroom. We also work closely with our Dean of Students, Director of Health & Wellness (who you can read more about on this page), Dean of Teaching & Learning, and our Learning Support Specialist to examine cultural trends with regard to mental health, support students who have identified particular needs, and develop programs for professional development in the realm of mental and emotional health. Lindsay advises the Mental Health Coalition, a student club that promotes mental health awareness on campus, which is connected with this resource page: SF Wellness Connect.

Mental Health Support for Families and Caregivers at UHS
It’s common for parents and caregivers to have questions or concerns about their child’s mental health. For some, it is completely new territory and can feel scary. We are available to support UHS families to think through situations that arise, provide educational resources, and determine need for additional supports, in collaboration with you. We regularly interface with a diversity of clinicians & resources in the community and keep an updated list of these services. When in need of a referral, we can help you and your family identify appropriate, trusted options in the Bay Area. In counseling work with teens, it is important to honor their need for a private place to talk. So, while we may not share explicit details with parents or caregivers, unless that’s decided in collaboration with the student as a good course of action, or if there’s a safety concern.

We look forward to connecting with you.

Additional Mental Health Resources
Bay Area Mental Health Resources, presentations w/UHS Counseling Services, podcast episodes, articles and more can be found in the Google Drive for UHS Parents and Families HERE (link to parent portal where the School Counseling thing is). 


 

A MESSAGE FROM THE DIRECTOR OF HEALTH & WELLNESS

My goal as Director of Health and Wellness is to create a school community where students feel empowered to talk openly about issues that are normally seen as taboo: identity, mental health, body image, disordered eating, substance use, and sexuality. By working closely with the school counseling team, Dean of Student Life, mentors, peer advisors, and student club leaders, I aim to facilitate meaningful dialogue that can decrease the stigma in our community and create holistic systems of support for all of our students. 

 

 

 


Corinne Limbach
Director of Health & Wellness

PEER ADVISING PROGRAM

There is a network of support systems here at UHS to help students through academic and social transitions. An integral part of this network is the Peer Advising Program. Peer Advisors are juniors and seniors who work with the 9th and 10th graders providing them with support around the many issues teens face in their High School years. The Peer Advisors (PAs) are trained and supervised by the Director of Health and Wellness. PAs work closely with their 9th and 10th-grade clusters and help plan and assist in teaching the 9th grade and the 10th-grade health education classes in addition to being a part of our larger student support team. 

9th Grade Health and Wellness

All ninth graders participate in a year long human development course. The Director of Health and Wellness has integrated health and wellness curriculum into that course to help with the adjustment to highschool and the challenges of early adolescence. We cover topics such as adjusting to UHS culture, identity (including race, culture, gender and sexuality), finding balance (between school, extracurriculars, social life and family), navigating developing personal boundaries and healthy relationships.  

10th Grade Health Education 

All tenth graders participate in a quarter-long Health Education course taught by the Director of Health and Wellness and the senior peer advisors. Our goal is to foster a safe and inclusive learning environment through open dialogue and honest and comprehensive teaching models. After spending 18 months in relative isolation, many students are grappling more than ever with their socio-emotional identities. Our hope is that through this course, we can help empower students to make healthy decisions based on knowledge and personal boundaries rather than peer pressure and perceived social norms.  

Some topics that will be covered in this course include:

  • Basic Anatomy and Physiology
  • Sexual Identity (Gender, Gender expression, Sexual orientation, and fluidity)
  • Healthy Relationships and Boundaries 
  • Consent
  • Sexual Health & Safety (including sexually transmitted infections and contraception)
  • Substance Use and harm reduction

HEALTH AND WELLNESS READING LIST:

Interested in more Health & Wellness content? Check out the resources below!

  • Sex, Teens, and Everything in Between: The New and Necessary Conversations Today's Teenagers Need to Have about Consent, Sexual Harassment, Healthy Relationships Love and More by Shafia Zaloon 
  • Yes Means Yes!: Visions of Female Sexual Power and a World without Rape by Jaclyn Friedman
  • Girls & Sex and Boys & Sex by Peggy Orenstein
  • Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD
  • The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen MD with Amy Ellis Nutt\
  • The F*** It Diet by Caroline Dooner 
  • You Have the Right to Remain Fat by Virgie Tovar
  • The Body is Not an Apology by Sonya Renee Taylor

ARTICLES AND MORE:

 

If you are seeking a particular mental health resource (i.e. therapy referral, literature, or recommendation), feel free to be in touch with Lindsay directly. Recommended readings on general Health & Wellness topics are listed at the bottom of the page.

Crisis Numbers and Links:

  • 24hr Crisis Text Line: 741741
  • 24hr Crisis Hotline: 800.273.8255
  • If in SF, call 415.970.3800 to reach a mobile crisis team that serves folks of all ages

Learn more about Corinne Limbach, Director of Health & Wellness, in the UHS Journal