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On-Campus Counseling (OCC) Program

ACS' On-Campus Counseling Program, founded in 1980, provides FREE and ACCESSIBLE counseling on 9 school campuses in Silicon Valley.

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The On-Campus Counseling (OCC) Program provides individual, family and group counseling at no cost to students and their families at the five secondary schools in the Palo Alto Unified School District, at Woodside High School and Redwood High School in the Sequoia Union High School District and La Entrada Middle School in the Las Lomitas School District.

The goal of the OCC Program has been to provide life-saving early intervention for teens dealing with challenging issues of adolescence. With accessible, compassionate therapists available on school campuses, teens have a safety net of professionals with whom to confront their issues.

The range of issues addressed through the OCC Program includes:

  • Academic stress
  • Parent/child communication
  • Peer conflict
  • Self-esteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Grief and loss
  • Substance abuse

ACS therapists connect students and families to vital community resources, such as mentoring programs,
after-school activities, community organizations and health care. They also conduct classroom presentations, assembly talks, PTA presentations and educational forums for parents.

To request an education presentation, please contact Roni Gillenson, On-Campus Counseling Program Director at 650.424.0852, ext. 102.

Bilingual Services
To better serve the diverse populations on the Peninsula, ACS offers bilingual counseling in a variety of languages.

For questions regarding languages available at your school, please contact Roni Gillenson, On-Campus Counseling Program Director.

OCC Program Sites

Palo Alto Unified School District

Gunn High School

780 Arastradero Road,
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Pamela Garfield
LCSW, Site Director

Palo Alto High School

50 Embarcadero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94301
Merrett Sheridan
MA, LMFT, Site Director

JLS Middle School
480 East Meadow Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Christopher Chiochios
LMFT, ATR-BC , Site Director

Jordan Middle School
750 North California Avenue
Palo Alto, CA 94303
Katie Luce
LMFT, Site Director

Terman Middle School
655 Arastradero Road
Palo Alto, CA 94306
Martha Chan
LMFT, Site Director

Sequoia Union High School District

Woodside High School

199 Churchill Avenue
Woodside, CA 94062
Charlotte Villemoes
LMFT, Site Director
650.367.9750 ext 4370

Redwood High School
1968 Old County Road
Redwood City, CA 94063
Katie Luce
LMFT, Site Director
650.369.1411, ext. 7418

Las Lomitas School District

La Entrada Middle School
2200 Sharon Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025
Rom Brafman
Ph.D, Site Director
650.854.3962 x 216