GALS Denver houses a robust and innovative counseling program, which is unique in the public school system. We offer:
- Individual and group counseling
- Family support and parent education
- Resources and referrals
As GALS is committed to holistic education and so that students may reach their full academic potential, social and emotional development is valued. Our school based mental health team offers a range of services from wellness and prevention, supporting students with the short-term problems of growing up, to more intensive support including crisis intervention and responding to family challenges and emerging mental health issues that may require outside referral. In keeping with the movement focus at GALS, the director and lead counselor are dance/movement therapists, incorporating a trauma informed, somatic approach to counseling. This year we welcome our BOYS counselor, also experienced with a movement approach, and our bi-lingual counselor.
Our team offers support in emotion regulation so that students may focus in the classroom while also supporting students to develop healthy relationships and self-advocacy skills.
The GALS/BOYS school pledge begins with “I know who I am. I know that I matter”, which is aspirational. The reality is that most adolescents do not yet know who they are, and many do not feel that they matter. Our team works with students on self- awareness and creative expression to explore emerging identity. Students learn what feels good and what does not, how to set boundaries when necessary and how to best take care of themselves physically and emotionally.
How to access counseling:
Students may request counseling support or be referred by a teacher or parent.
Counseling staff is integrated into the school environment, supporting students academically in the classroom, teaching sexual health and GALS curriculum, participating in morning movement and special events, and staffing lunch and recess. This collaborative approach allows for counselors to witness and address concerning behaviors in the school environment as they arise, in addition to ongoing counseling support outside the classroom.
Our team this year includes:
- Director: Julie Dolin, MA, LPC, BC-DMT
- Lead Counselor: Yolanda Dandridge, MA
- Bilingual Counselor: Laura Fajardo-Arbelaez, MA
- BOYS Counselor: Gabriel Cannon, MA
- Graduate level counseling interns who exchange their services for the opportunity to work under supervision in this dynamic educational setting: Devin Romano, MSU Denver Social Work, Giovanna White, Naropa University Mindfulness Based Transpersonal Counseling
- Psychology and Samantha Tooley, Denver Seminary
For additional information, please contact:
Julie Dolin at 303-282-6437 x111 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Or stop by the Counseling Office (The Rachel Carson room, 101F, in the back corner of the front office suite at GALS or the John Wesley Powell/Bill T. Jones room at BOYS)