• JUHSD Spring 2021 Wellness Counselor Availability 

    We are aware that this time of uncertainty and disruption in our daily schedules may result in feelings of stress and anxiety. Under any circumstances, it is not uncommon to experience mental health struggles; JUHSD Wellness Services are a great source of support for issues of sadness, anxiety, loneliness, academic stress, relationship struggles, and other concerns not requiring medical intervention. Wellness Counselor appointments are available for students and parents/guardians via video, phone, and text chat available for students and/or parents/guardians during school hours or by appointment. Please follow the schedule and instructions in the "How to make an appointment" section below for making appointments.

    • Wellness Counselors will ask a series of questions to insure that we are in contact with current JUHSD students and parents/guardians only. 
    • It is important for students and their families to understand that while the District takes student confidentiality very seriously, we can not guarantee 100% confidentiality in our use of telehealth counseling meetings as the internet and telephone are susceptible to outside interference. 
    • Parents and guardians, please see this article by Child Mind Organization about talking to children about COVID-19. 

    If this is a mental health emergency, contact the following resources immediately: 

    • 911 or visit your nearest hospital emergency room if you can get there safely 
    • Crisis Text Line: text "home" to 741-741
    • National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
    • StarVista Crisis Hotline: 650-579-0350
    • Trevor Project (for LGBTQ youth): 1-866-488-7386 or text START to 67867

    School/ Site

    Wellness/ School Social Workers 

    How to make an Appointment

    District Office

    Melissa Ambrose, LCSW (#60254)/PPS; JUHSD Wellness Coordinator


    Karla Stehl, ASW (#80408)/PPS; School Social Worker


    Marcela Ardema, LCSW (#82772)/PPS; Wellness Counselor


    Yvette Yambao-Wacher, LCSW (#29741)/PPS; Wellness Counselor


    Nico Storrow, AMFT (#114716)/PPS; Wellness Counselor


    Karla Talkoff, LMFT (#33637)/PPS; Wellness Counselor/School Counselor


    Ki Gaines, LPCC (#5217)/PPS; School Social Worker

    Terra Nova 

    Cielo Calpotura-Wagner, APCC (#2410)/PPS; Wellness Counselor


    Phrani Diksa, LCSW (#27682)/PPS; Wellness Counselor


    Sarah English, MA/PPS; Wellness Counselor