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UHS Counseling Mission Statement

In alignment with the larger school’s mission, counseling is committed to guiding folks to new and useful insight about their relationships with themselves and others. We hope to support meaningful experiences, positive growth, and engagement with each other in the UHS Community and larger world. We strive to support the emotional well-being of all members of the UHS community and engage in various efforts which aim to destigmatize conversations and equip folks with the information that they need around the subjects of mental health, adolescent development, healthy recovery, and care.

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, and Sebastien Beaudet, PPSC, 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.

 


 

If you are seeking additional resources, feel free to be in touch with one of the counselors at UHS by emailing counseling@sfuhs.org. Below are additional Crisis Numbers and Links:

  • Text “hello” to 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

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

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 .