Led by a licensed mental health professional, the Counseling & Psychological Services program is designed to support our students’ social and emotional health as well as their academic wellbeing.
The Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy department of Counseling and Psychological Services promotes the holistic health and wellness of the school community. The school recognizes that there are personal as well as academic challenges during the high school years so the department offers individual, group and family counseling services to students and their families. The counseling services are provided by a licensed mental health professional.
Additional counseling services include parent counseling events and classes, student assemblies and classroom presentations dedicated to topics relevant to students’ social and emotional health and clinical consultation with teachers and parents as needed.
Advising Assemblies: Prepping for the Future
FSHA's counseling and psychological services department hosts monthly advising assemblies, during which freshmen and sophomore students explore developmentally appropriate issues with the guidance of trained facilitators. Topics include creating and maintaining healthy relationships, setting goals, reflecting on academic performance and more. The advising assemblies benefit and prepare students for the college counseling process that begins junior year.
Past assemblies have included:
First Assembly of the Year
The first advising assembly is designed to start the year off right. Freshmen are introduced to advising at FSHA, review the sexual harassment reporting protocol, and explore learning styles within breakout groups. Sophomores participate in a student-led panel discussion on what to expect from tenth grade. They are then each paired with a junior to for one-on-one discussions about tenth grade.
Dr. Ani Katchadorian presents freshmen and sophomores with creative strategies to manage test anxiety. In separate breakout sessions, freshmen learn about the PSAT while sophomores learn about the pre-ACT.
Jess Hopkins, popular speaker and certified life coach, leads freshmen in a lively and interactive workshop about healthy relationships and friendships.
Meanwhile, sophomores are invite to discover and practice a series of stress- and anxiety-reducing exercises during a workshop led by guest speaker Judith Sekler.
College Admissions Process / Course Options / Resumes
Ed Devine, regional director of admissions from Lafayette College, introduces freshmen and sophomores to key aspects of the college admission process. Freshmen then review possible course options for the next school year and learn about high school transcript. Sophomores see examples of a solid high school resumes and work on updating their own resumes.
The entire FSHA community is invited to participate in an assembly that focuses on concepts, themes, and important questions related to diversity. Student speakers share their experiences at the annual Student Diversity Leadership Conference. All in attendance are encouraged to explore how diversity currently exists, and could exist, within the FSHA community.
We didn't make these videos, but we love their message for and about girls!
Girl Power Playlist
Playlist curated by Allison Clay, our director of counseling and psychological services.
Designed for those moments when you need that extra motivation ... or just want to sing out loud and have fun!!
Resources for Teens & Parents
Our director of counseling & psychological services assembled a list of resources to support the mental health and well-being of our students:
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy is an all girls' Catholic, Dominican, independent, college-preparatory day and boarding high school in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge. Overlooking Pasadena, FSHA educates girls from Los Angeles, Southern California and around the world for a life of faith, integrity and truth.
Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy
440 St. Katherine Drive La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011 High School Office: 626-685-8300 Admissions: 626-685-8521