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Counseling Department Staff



The goal of the counseling team is to help students succeed in their academic and personal lives. This help may take many forms and offers a confidential environment where students can explore solutions to their problems. The counseling team is available to provide personal support and academic guidance not only to achieve success in school but in preparation for leading fulfilling lives as responsible members of society.

Counseling Team:

 June Gonzalez
June Gonzalez, MS, P.P.S.    
School Counselor
Counseling Department Chair
Student Wellness & Mental Health Coordinator
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Vivi Geng
Vivi Geng
Wellness Center Technician
Tonya El-Hindi
Tonya El-Hendi
SMHS Titan Wellness Center
Supervising Clinician, LCSW #63584 
  Wellness Intern
Peijen Chen 
Titan Wellness Center
Clinical Counselor, AMFT License #138731
Heidi Xue
Titan Wellness Center
Clinical Counselor, AMFT License #136644
APCC License #12958   
Student Wellness/Mental Health
Clinical Counseling Interns 2023- 2024:
Danica Caatillo      Nicole Arabian       Simran Verma             
Danica                 Nicole                 Simran                     
Castillo                Arabian               Verma                   
Euodia Choi     Jesse Romo     Tara Cullen   Alyssa Soto
   Euodia               Jesse                   Tara                Alyssa            
     Choi                 Romo                  Cullen               Soto               
School Psychologist:
Mr. Duranso
Don Duranso, MS
School Psychologist
Supervising Intern School Psychologist
School Psychologist Intern (2023-24):
Maleesha Padmaperuma

The Middle School Journey…
Middle school is an exciting yet challenging time for students, their parents and teachers. During this passage from childhood to adolescence, middle school students are characterized by a need to explore a variety of interest, connecting their learning in the classroom to it’s practical application in life and work; high levels of activity coupled with frequent fatigue due to rapid growth; a search for their own identity as they begin turning more frequently to peers rather than parents for ideas and affirmation; extreme sensitivity to the comments of others; and a heavy reliance on friends to provide comfort, understanding and approval.