School Counseling & Health
A MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL COUNSELOR
Hello and thanks for visiting. The School Counseling Office at UHS is located in Upper Campus U-109, behind the JSL and my office hours are:
- M: 9:30am-2pm
- Tu/Wed/Th: 8am-4pm
- Friday: By phone/email, in person appointments available with advance notice
Students can email, call, or stop by during my hours to drop-in or make an appointment. Families or caregivers are encouraged to call or email to set up an appointment. You can read more about the mental health services at UHS below.
Mental Health Support for Students 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, but I can work with folks to determine longer term therapeutic spaces outside of the school or through building something within our community. Through counseling, students can better understand their experience in a confidential space. I 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 I have experience working with a variety of concerns. I 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, I will assist in finding a professional who can.
Every year, I offer a check-in to every student, in order to make a more personal connection with students, but also as an effort to reduce mental health stigma. Check-ins are 15-minute casual conversations, which are not mandatory, but encouraged by mentors and the larger community to help students better understand mental health and support at UHS.
Collaboration with Faculty and Staff at UHS
I regularly collaborate with mentors, faculty, coaches, and staff to facilitate a deeper understanding of how to support students in and outside of the classroom. I 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. I am also the advisor for the Mental Health Coalition, a student club that promotes mental health awareness on campus, which maintains the website/blog: 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. I am available to support UHS families to think through situations that arise and/or provide resources outside of the school. I regularly interface with a diversity of clinicians & resources in the community and keep an updated list of these services. In counseling work with teens, it is important to honor their need for a private place to talk. So, I 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. I am in the process of developing a speaker series, offered by community clinicians, for parents to gain more information about issues relevant to teen mental health.
I look forward to connecting with you.
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. Through working closely with the School Counselor, Dean of Students, mentors, peer advisors and student club leaders, I aim to facilitate meaningful dialogue that can decrease the stigma in our community, and work to create holistic systems of support for all of our students.
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 that 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 human development classes.
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 and Wellness
All tenth 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 navigate the challenges that occur in this tricky and unique part of development. Students rotate through the following four units: Substance Use, Mental Health & Disordered Eating, Metacognition and Sexual Health. Emphasis is put on harm reduction, personal boundaries, healthy decision making and decreasing stigma.
HEALTH AND WELLNESS READING LIST:
- 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
- Burnout: The Secret to Unlocking the Stress Cycle by Emily Nagoski, PhD
- Trick Mirror by Jia Tolentin
- How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention by Jenny Odell
- The Teenage Brain by Frances E. Jensen MD with Amy Ellis Nutt
ARTICLES AND MORE:
- Getting 'Consent' Before Sex is Too Low a Bar (New York Times)
- Today's Marijuana: What You and Your Teen Need to Know (YouTube)
- Facebook, Instagram, and Social (Common Sense Media)
- Building Resilience and Resistance to Hypersexualized Media and Porn (Culture Reframed)
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