Skip to main content
Active Surveys

none at this time


NAMI Youth Family Support Groups


Updated Counseling News

Many things may feel overwhelming at this time, but together we will get through this. While school is closed for preventative measures, we will remain available for support. Please count on us to help you through this difficult time. School counselors are professionally trained to support students and parents through moments of crisis and we hope that you reach out to us if you are having feelings of anxiety or stress. This new school format may be a source of negative feelings especially for students who already struggle with academic and mental health challenges. We will be proactive in reaching out to these students and will be in constant communication with teachers regarding their student’s academic progression and overall mood.

SVHS School Counselors - Availability and Office Hours (Spring 2020)

Email during Digital School Hours: 9am - 12:30pm (Monday - Friday)
To make an individual appointment: email counselors

Google Hangout: 1pm - 3pm (Monday - Friday)

“Office Visit” Google Hangout Options: Video, Audio or Text Chat

Sarah Hershey (MA,PPS), A-K

Christie Danner (MA, PPS), L-Z

Types of Support Offered during the School Closure


  • The Digital Learning experience: Troubleshooting and Staying on Track
  • 2020/21 Scheduling Questions and Changes

  • Summer School Referrals and Credit Recovery Programs

  • Graduation Requirements and Academic Plans

College and Career

  • College Admission Requirements: Academic and ACT/SAT testing

  • College Research 

  • Naviance 

  • Seniors: Making college decisions, understanding financial aid awards and applying for scholarships. 

  • Juniors: Virtual college research, SAT/ACT testing, and planning for senior year

Social and Emotional

  • Feelings of isolation

  • Maintaining healthy relationships with family and friends 

  • Support for anxiety, stress and depression 

  • Social media and news consumption health

We are all in this together, and we all need to work together to be flexible, understanding, and supportive of one another in light of these extremely difficult circumstances. Please make an extra effort to be kind to yourself and to others. Social isolation can be very difficult psychologically, and for your own sake and that of others it’s crucial that you find ways to reach out and stay connected to people who sustain you. SVHS will be working on ways to create a sense of community while we’re physically separated. Our priority is for you all to be well during this time and we will continue to be here for you as a resource. Please do not hesitate to make contact with us, we are looking forward to hearing from you!

Crisis Lines

Local 24-Hour Suicide Crisis Line

Toll-free: 1-877-663-5433 (ONE LIFE)

Serving Monterey, Santa Cruz, and San Benito Counties for over 50 years

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Call 800-273-TALK (8255) Chat service and other information: Go to

Crisis Text Line

Text HELLO to 741-741 Other information: Go to

The Trevor Project

Text START to 678-678



Counseling & Student Services 2019-2020

As your student navigates through their high school career and the major developmental changes associated with adolescence, they may experience some challenges that require support. The SVHS Counseling Department is here to help. School counselors support students in their academic and social/emotional development. Our goal is to guide all students through these milestones in a healthy and positive way. We are advocates with a shared philosophy of providing equal access and opportunity to all of our students in a safe and rich learning environment at SVHS.  


Sarah Hershey (MA,PPS), A-K

Christie Danner (MA, PPS), L-Z

Hours: Monday-Friday 8 am - 3:30 pm
Academic Intervention: Plan SST and 504 meetings. Oversee school programs for students at-risk.
Academic Planning:  4 Year Plan, Scheduling, and Student/Parent Presentations
College and Career Readiness: Naviance and college planning guidance and support
Social/Emotional: Promote social competence, decision making, problem solving and conflict resolution. Assess and refer to appropriate intervention programs to support student’s social/emotional or behavioral needs.

Please contact administration or school counselors for information or referrals.      

Mike Leimbach, Licensed Therapist, 831-428-3600
Wednesdays and Fridays 8:30am to 12:30pm; Thursdays 8:30am to 12:30pm

Amy Paul, College and Career Center Advisor
Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 10 am -1:45 pm


Dave Crawford, IB Coordinator
Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Fridays
IB Scheduling, IB Questions/Concerns               


Barbara Tansy, Registrar-Transcripts
Monday-Friday, 8 am – 4 pm

Dave Crawford, Community Service Coordinator

Office Hours: Monday, Wednesday & Fridays



2019-2020 Counseling Presentations


Parent Presentation Preparing for College:


Senior Class Zoom Meeting Slides


Junior Class Zoom Meeting Slides


Junior Class College Presentation

Slide Presentation

Presentation Handouts

Senior Parent Night 
September 19th, 6 pm, SU

Slide Presentation

Presentation Handouts

Paying for College Night
October 3rd, 6pm, SU

          Slide Presentation 

Freshmen Parent Night:
October 2nd , 6pm, SU

Slide Presentation

8th Grade Parent Night
March 10, 6pm, SU

Slide Presentation

College Application Workshops

All student workshops will be held starting 6th/7th period until 4pm in room C109 (Dewey). Drop in anytime.


  • T 10/15 1:30-4:00pm
  • M 10/28 1:11-4:00pm
  • T 11/5  1:30-4:00pm
  • T 11/12  1:30-4:00pm
  • W 11/20  12:00-4:00pm