The Counseling Office is open from 7:30 - 4:00 p.m. M - F. During this time, there will always be someone at the desk to assist and answer general questions.
SRHS is lucky to have five wonderful School Counselors, a College and Career Counselor, and a School Based Therapist. Counselors who are generally in their office from 7:45 - 3:15 p.m. M - F and are available for drop in of students before school, at break, and after school as well as scheduled appointments. We feel strongly that students should take advantage of the “drop in” times so that they do not miss valuable classroom instruction. Students can also fill out a request to see their counselor which is located in the Counseling Office, if they are unable to utilize “drop in” times or if their counselor is unavailable. Once the Counselor receives this request from a student, they will send a pass for the student during the school day to address any concern or question they may have.
Generally, students are assigned to a specific counselor by the alphabet of the student’s last name. The alphabet changes slightly from year to year but 98% of students remain with the same counselor for all four of their high school years. Counselors are generalists who have a wide breadth of experience, training, and education. They can address ALL aspects of the high school experience: academic, career, social, emotional. The Counselor’s role at SRHS is to deliver services to students, parents, teachers, and administrators to promote maximum student success in the educational setting. While the focus of the counseling relationship is upon the individual, the Counselor recognizes the need to consider the student as a member of the school, the home, and the community.
SRHS Counselors have a ratio of approximately 400 students on their caseload. Though speaking to a School Counselor can be therapeutic, the counselor does not practice psychotherapy. Many times, Counselors must rely on referring students to outside resources or our School Based Therapist (SBT) to assist with in depth social emotional needs.
Contacts: Counseling Office 890-3850 (X52124)
Seth Geffner is from Southern California and a proud supporter of the LA Kings and LA Dodgers (we don’t hold it against him). He graduated from the University of Arizona in 1996 and then attended graduate schools at the University of Michigan and Sonoma State University where he earned his Master’s in Counseling. Seth is married to a special education elementary school teacher in Santa Rosa City Schools, and they have two children. Their son attends SRHS while their daughter attends SRMS. Seth has been a counselor at SRHS since 2003.
Neftaly Magallanes Garcia pronounced (MA-GA-YA-NES)
Was born and raised in Sonoma County, where she attended Healdsburg High School. She continued her education at Sonoma State receiving a BA in Sociology, and ultimately her MA in Counseling with a Pupil Personnel Credential. In her spare time she enjoys: reading, hiking, bike riding, swimming, yoga, and spending time with her family and her dog Simba. She describes her parents as her motivation in pursuing higher education, as a first generation college graduate she understands the importance of education. Neftaly is also bilingual in English/Spanish. She is passionate and excited in helping all students achieve their education goals. Neftaly did her internship at Piner High School in 2018.
Lucy Lucchesi was born and raised in San Mateo County and has lived in Sonoma County for more than 15 years. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a BA in Psychology and Health Science. Next, she earned a Teaching Credential from San Jose State University and more recently a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of San Francisco. Lucy is excited to return to Santa Rosa High School and join the counseling team! She has been a Teacher at several Santa Rosa high schools and a CTE Instructor with the Sonoma County Office of Education. This is her fifth year working as a School Counselor where she enjoys the opportunities to support, guide, and empower students, families, and staff.
Kris Bertsch-Rydell is from the San Joaquin Valley (Modesto to be more exact). Kris grew up a “farm girl” and still loves the smell and feel of freshly tilled dirt. Kris graduated from UC Santa Barbara in 1989 with a BA in History and a BA in Black Studies as well as a Coaching Credential. Once she moved to Sonoma County she then earned her Master’s Degree in Counseling from Sonoma State in 1994. Her children have ALL graduated from SRHS and were "Panthers from the Start." This experience assists her in working with not only students but SRHS parents, as well. Kris was a college athlete and two of her daughters were/are college student athletes. She has a lot of knowledge and experience working with student athletes and the NCAA eligibility system. Kris began her counseling career at Piner High school in 1993. Kris has been at SRHS, off and on, since 1995.
Evan Englar grew up in Santa Rosa and attended El Molino High School where he was a peer support student. His early work experiences as a tutor, athletic coach, and supported living facilitator cultivated his interest in becoming a school counselor. Evan received his bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Sacramento State University, and then his master's degree in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Counseling at the University of San Francisco. This is Evan’s fifth year as a high school counselor where he enjoys helping students feel happy and confident as they pursue their educational and career goals.
Johana Perdomo is very excited to join the counseling team at Santa Rosa High! She attended Santa Rosa Junior College for three years and transferred to the University of California, Davis. There she earned a bachelor's degree in Sociology and Chicano/a Studies. She worked with high school students in Sonoma County and then decided to continue her education at the University of San Francisco, she graduated with her Masters in Counseling Psychology and Clinical Counseling. Johana is bilingual and speaks English and Spanish. She loves working with high school students, so make sure to stop by and say hi! When she isn't working she enjoys spending time with her dogs.
Urjita Parekh (Jita) joined the SRHS Counseling Team two years ago as a full-time school-based therapist (SBT). Her office is located in the counseling office. She meets with students by referral through their School Counselor. Jita's role at SRHS is to assist those students who may benefit from more intensive social and emotional counseling interventions by providing short term individual and group therapy, as well as making referrals for students and families to community resources. Jita earned her Bachelor’s of Arts degree from Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, and her Master of Arts in Counseling from Sonoma State University. For the past several years, she has been working in higher education at Oregon State University as well as at Sonoma State.
College and Career Counselor
Tracy is originally from Santa Barbara, CA and has lived in Sonoma County since 2005. She has a B.A. in Political Science from UC Berkeley, a master’s degree in Environmental Management from Duke University, and recently graduated with her Master’s in School Counseling from Sonoma State University. She spent several years working in environmental conservation on the east coast and in Costa Rica and also lived in Mexico for five years while raising a family. She has three children, one of which graduated from SRHS in 2016. She enjoys working with high school students and helping them to define and pursue their educational and career paths.
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If you or someone you know is in an immediate life threatening crisis, please call 911 immediately.
SRHS has put together a list of local therapists who we have received positive feedback from some of our families. Therapy is very personal and painful (at first) therefore, it is very important to find a therapist that resonates with you and your style. What works for one person does not mean it will be a good fit for another. If you have a positive experience with a local therapist, please e mail your school counselor with the information so we can add the name and contact information to our list.
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