Building the Resources & Skills

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  • Fostering Social & Emotional Well-being

    In-school counseling services at Northwest Academy guide students and families in building the resources and skills that foster social and emotional wellbeing. Our philosophy is collaborative, strengths-based, and rooted in current best practices. We believe that adolescents have a strong capacity for growth, but it can be hard to access inner strengths and resources without support. 

    Northwest Academy has a licensed, master’s level counselor who offers individual counseling sessions, facilitates groups, and is available to meet with parents and caregivers. If more than short-term counseling services are needed, we will help provide appropriate community-based referrals. 

    The counseling department also works with students, administration, and faculty to launch school-wide initiatives and events pertaining to community wellness and diversity, equity and inclusion; create curricula that foster social-emotional development; organize seminars and workshops for parents; and support faculty development about relevant topics.

Contact Us

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  • Caitlin Gibb 

    Teacher (Yoga), Department Chair (Counseling)
    (971) 300-4876 or x124

Supporting Our Students

A non-exhaustive list of some of the issues a school counselor may be able to support you and your family in exploring:

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  • Stress

  • Anxiety

  • Bullying & Cyberbullying

  • Communication Skills

  • Social Media & Technology/Gaming Use

  • Self-harm

  • Depression

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  • Trauma

  • Drug & Alcohol Use

  • Relationship Changes & Conflict

  • Family Changes

  • Self-esteem

  • Sexual Health

  • Gender and Sexual Identity

Counseling Resources

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  • Hotlines & Emergency Numbers

    • Clackamas County Crisis Line: 503-655-8585 
    • Clark County Crisis Line: 360-696-9560
    • Multnomah County Crisis Line: 503-988-4888
    • Washington County Crisis Line: 503-291-9111
    • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline:  1.800.273.TALK(8255)
    • Multnomah Child Abuse Hotline: (503) 731-3100
  • Books

    • Age of Opportunity – Laurence Steinberg
    • The Teenage Brain – Frances Jensen
    • Brainstorm – Daniel Siegel
    • For Goodness SexChanging the Way We Talk to Teens about Sexuality, Values, and Health – Al Vernaccio
    • Girls and Sex: Navigating the Complicated Landscape – Peggy Orenstein
    • Boys and Sex: Young Men on Hookups, Love, Porn, Consent, and Navigating the New Masculinity – Peggy Orenstein
  • Articles

    • Why Parents Shouldn’t Feel Technology Shame – Alexandra Samuel, The Atlantic
    • Why are more American Teenagers Than Ever Suffering From Severe Anxiety? – Benoit Denizet-Lewis, NY Times Magazine
    • Have Smartphones Destroyed A Generation? – Jean M. Twenge, The Atlantic
    • We Need To Talk About Kids and Smartphones – Markham Heid, Time.
  • Websites for Parents and Teens