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The Department of Counseling and Social and Emotional Learning at Castilleja School supports the social and emotional growth of students, faculty, staff and families by offering counseling services, education and referrals. We work with the Castilleja community by promoting social and emotional well-being in a strength-based and collaborative way.


Who are the counselors at Castilleja?

Terese Brennan-Marquez, Director of Counseling and Social and Emotional Learning
Ms. Brennan-Marquez is a licensed clinical social worker and has been practicing for 15 years.

Annie Dornbush, School Counselor
Ms. Dornbush is a licensed clinical social worker and has been practicing for 8 years.

What kind of counseling is available? 
We offer counseling services that promote the social and emotional development of students in support of their academic success. Counseling is available to all students throughout the school day, including some after school hours. These services include individual counseling, group counseling, crisis intervention, parent consultation and parent education. 

In addition to providing services to students and parents, the counseling department works collaboratively with school staff and faculty to promote programming that positively affects the well-being of the whole school community. This includes professional consultation and professional development to staff, faculty and administration regarding various social emotional issues that impact students.  

What is SEL?
Social and emotional learning (SEL) is not a curriculum but an embedded philosophy that focuses on the positive social and emotional development of each student. Research has shown that academic, social and emotional learning are inextricably linked; and SEL can accelerate student learning by increasing students’ intrinsic motivation to achieve, their ability to be attentive and engaged in their work, their satisfaction with learning, their sense of belonging, and their desire to work cooperatively with other students. SEL also helps teachers become more effective, by fostering their own social and emotional development and supporting a caring and challenging classroom climate. 

How do you make an appointment with a counselor at Castilleja?
Our doors are open in the Counseling Department and we want to make connecting with us as easy as possible. Feel free to stop by our office: Room 308 in the Arrillaga Building. Or contact us directly via phone or email to make an appointment.

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Mental Health Resources, provided by Challenge Success

Systematic View of Social and Emotional Learning

National School Climate Center: Center for Social and Emotional Education Guidelines

National School Climate Center:

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

Greater Good - The Science of a Meaningful Life

Challenge Success

Counseling & SEL Parent Presentations

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