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Counseling and Mental Health

Issaquah schools provide comprehensive guidance and school counseling services in each building. All students have access to and the right to participate in these programs, which focus on academic, career, and social/emotional development to enhance the learning process, provide access to education, and support student readiness and success.  Our school counselor teams plan and implement their programs teams with consideration for  student, family, school, and community members, and can help to connect students and families to resources and supports in our schools and community. Our ultimate goal is to help students obtain the knowledge, skills and attitudes that lead to academic, career, and personal success.

Experiencing a crisis?

Please contact one of the following helplines: 

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
  • King County local 24/7 Crisis Line (suicide, mental health, substance use): 800-621-4636
  • Crisis Text Line: text “Heal” to 741-741
  • Trevor Project (specifically for the LGBTQ+ community): 1-866-488-7386

Programs, resources & services include:

Contacts:

Billie McCaffrey
Assistant to Director - Student Interventions
425-837-7157

Pam Ridenour
Director of Student Interventions
425-837-7157

Jordan Frost
Assistant Director - Compliance
425-837-7109

Melanie Bonanno
Assistant Director - School Counseling
425-837-7183 

Stacy Clawson
Counseling Specialist
425-837-7134

Tori McBride
Supervisor - Swedish School-based Mental Health Counseling
425-837-7108