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Starting in the 2018-2019 school year thanks to the voter approved February 2018 Levy, all schools in the Issaquah School District will have a designated School Based Health Counselor. This program, previously available at all four high schools and Issaquah Middle School, was established to meet the mental health needs of students in a nurturing environment. Moving forward, the hope is to foster the well-being of all students in the Issaquah School District so students are safe, healthy, and ready to learn.

Why School Based Mental Health?

Studies show that school based mental health programs help to eliminate barriers to accessing traditional mental-health services for students. Students who utilize School Based Health Centers can have fewer discipline problems, course failures and school absences.  


Frequently Asked Questions

What services to the counselors offer? 

Confidential counseling and skill-building on many topics, including: 

  • Depression
  • Anxiety and worry
  • Relationship problems
  • Family concerns
  • Grief and loss
  • Access to community resources

Referrals for other community resources are available as well if needed.

Who are the counselors? 

All of our school based health counselors have prior experience in mental health assessment and counseling. Counselors have access to other professionals for consultations, such as child psychologists or psychiatrists. 

Who can see a School-Based Health Counselor? 

Any student in the Issaquah School District can be referred to a School-Based Health Counselor. The staff will prioritize students with the highest need. Students in crisis, who do not have access to mental-health services elsewhere due to insurance, family, or transportation barriers will be high priority.

Do students need parent permission for the counseling?

For students 13 years and older - No, parent permission is not required. Adolescents can seek mental-health care without parental consent in Washington state. 

For students under 13 years of age - Yes, parent permission is required.

How are parents involved? 

The service is designed for students. However, parents play an integral role in supporting their student's emotional health and involvement in school-based health counseling is encouraged. The School-Based Health Counselor can provide referrals for family counseling as necessary. This should be managed in an outpatient setting. 

Can I refer a student? 

Referrals are accepted from anyone who has a concern about a student, and can be made by contacting  your student's academic counselor or counseling center. The School-Based Health Counselor assigned to your student's school will reach out to the referred individual about the concerns. However, the service is voluntary and students are not required to utilize these services.

Counselors are bound by HIPAA laws and will not divulge any confidential information without students (13 years and older) or parent/guardian (12 years and under) written consent. In the event we feel a student is at serious risk for harming themselves or others, or in a case of child abuse or neglect, school staff, parents and authorities, as appropriate, will be involved. 

Is counseling available in the summer?

No. The School-Based Health Counselors follow the Issaquah School District's calendar. Counselors will recommend transitions to other resources during the summer months as appropriate. 

How are School-Based Health Counselors funded?

The School-Based Health Counselors are contracted by the Issaquah School District funded by the 2018 Levy. Management of staff and continued education is provided by Swedish and Friends of Youth. 


About the Providers

Swedish Medical Center - Issaquah

Swedish is one of the largest providers of health-care services in the region. Swedish is invested in the health of the Issaquah School District community and very excited about this opportunity to partner with the District. For more information about Swedish, please click here.

Friends of Youth

Friends of Youth provides counseling to youth and their families in Issaquah, North Bend, and Duval. Currently Friends of Youth has partnered with the Issaquah School District, and other local school districts, to provide some counseling and support for youth in their schools. Services include individual and/or family therapy, depending on the needs of the youth. For more information about Friends of Youth, please click here.


Academic Counselors - Contact Us

Elementary

Apollo Elementary

Cathy Gilbert
425-837-7544

Briarwood Elementary

Belma Martin
425-837-5048

Cascade Ridge Elementary

Janelle Woffinden
425-837-5556

Challenger Elementary

Mykela Fantone
425-837-7555

Clark Elementary

Kylie Massey
425-837-6287

Cougar Ridge Elementary

Lisa Cordier
425-837-7283

Creekside Elementary

Lauren Hopp
425-837-5208

Discovery Elementary

Denise Darnell
425-837-4097

Endeavour Elementary

Hillary Harris
425-837-7368

Grand Ridge Elementary

Judith Fernstrom
425-837-7940

Issaquah Valley Elementary

Anne Taylor
425-837-6656

Maple Hills Elementary

Amber Bryant
425-837-5115

Newcastle Elementary

Kailey Mutter
425-837-5817

Sunny Hills Elementary

Celina Schulenberg
425-837-7483

Sunset Elementary

Lindsey Burge
425-837-5670 

Middle School

Beaver Lake Middle School

Rashi Eisenberg (A-H) 425-837-4161
Jaimie Motsenbocker (I-P) 425-837-4163
Kristin Beasley (Q-Z) 425-837-4162

Issaquah Middle School

AnnaMaria Austin (A-G) 425-837-6816
Kalie Dotson (H-N) 425-837-6820
Oracio Valdez (O-Z) 425-837-6815

Maywood Middle School

Nicole Kellar (A-Hi) 425-837-6916
Tatum Fettig (Hj-Pe) 425-837-6908
Carly Nelson (Pf-Z) 425-837-6915

Pacific Cascade Middle School

Jessica Morrison (6th Grade) 425-837-5926
Miranda Williams (7th Grade) 425-837-5915
Laura Meserole (8th Grade) 425-837-5914

Pine Lake Middle School

Kristen Brittain (A-Ho) 425-837-5713
Kirsi Varsa (Hp-Pa) 425-837-5700
Meagan Elliot (Pb-Z) 425-837-5712

High School

Gibson Ek High School

Stacy Clawson (M/T/W) 425-837-6354
Rachel McGaffey (W/Th/F) 425-837-6379

Issaquah High School

Jaqueline Krzelak (A-Ci) 425-837-6139
Emily (Tuttle) Combellick (Cj-Ham) 425-837-6041
Christian McKone (Han-La) 425-837-6078
Jennifer Martinson (Lb-Ol) 425-837-6042
Samantha Wren (Om-Sta) 425-837-6146
Jennifer Schwarz (Ste-Z) 425-837-6144

Liberty High School

Laurel Shane (A-Es) 425-837-4868
Vicki Kenney (Et-Li) 425-837-4867
April Flores (Lj-Ri) 425-837-4827
Robin Klym (Rj-Z) 425-837-4869

Skyline High School

James Sanders (A-Coa) 425-837-7913
Shawn Mulanix (Cob-Hes) 425-837-7868
Megan Laedtke (Het-Lin) 425-837-7854
Stephanie Lewis (Lio-Pld) 425-837-7861
Deborah Walters (Ple-Str) 425-837-7733
Kristen Flemer (Sts-Z) 425-837-7862