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Seattle Academy’s Counseling Department plays an active role in preparing students for college and life. We recognize that as our students grow and mature from 6-12 grade, they will need guidance and support, especially when it comes to navigating through academic, personal, and social pressures. 

The Counseling program ultimately supports the school’s goal of increasing a student’s social and emotional learning inside and outside the classroom by:

  • Offering a safe space for short-term confidential social and emotional support
  • Supporting students during times of transition and adjustment
  • Providing psycho-social education for students and families as they navigate through typical developmental stages in adolescence
  • Assisting students to develop problem-solving skills and learning how to be a self-advocate
  • Providing general support resources as well as specific referrals to community resources for therapeutic or medical services when necessary
  • Coaching students as they figure out how to navigate through a variety of complex social situations
  • Intervening during a student crisis, assessing the identified student’s situation, and making necessary recommendations and referrals
  • Case managing continuity of care for students engaged in therapy or treatment elsewhere
  • Partnering with the Learning Support Department to support individual students and their specific needs/learning profile
  • Consulting with faculty, staff, and administration on student support interventions
  • Providing educational programming to various divisions and departments of the Seattle Academy community
  • Partnering with the Parent Education Committee to support a speaker series that addresses adolescent mental health needs and concerns 

Contact Support

Jonathon Friedman

Departments: Counseling
Phone Numbers:
School: 206-676-6809

Leigh Hopkins

Departments: Counseling
Phone Numbers:
School: 206-676-6853

Jennifer Nelson

Departments: Counseling
Phone Numbers:
School: 206-676-6851