Counselor's Corner

Mission

As High Point Academy’s Counselors and Therapists, our mission is to work under a comprehensive counseling program to advocate for and collaborate with ALL students from diverse cultural backgrounds (including but not limited to: race, ethnicity, disability, religion/spirituality, socioeconomic status, gender, and sexuality), their families, and the community in order to foster students’ academic, social-emotional, and professional growth to ensure ALL students become leaders in the diverse world in which we live.

Vision

Our vision as the Counseling Department at High Point Academy is to promote empowerment among ALL students to ensure they achieve academic excellence, become critical and creative thinkers, and to reach their full potential through the development and implementation of lifelong academic, social-emotional, and professional skills.

Contact

Counselor's website

Phone: 303-217-5152

Elementary: Ext 267

Middle School: Ext 268

Meet High Point Academy's School Counselors

Vanessa Trayler

Middle School Counselor

Resources

I MATTER

I MATTER

Mental health challenges in children and adolescents across Colorado are real and widespread. Even before the pandemic, an unacceptable number of young people were having a hard time recovering from current or past trauma and coping with feelings such as sadness and hopelessness that can be difficult to talk about out loud.We are all navigating through unprecedented changes since the COVID-19 pandemic began. These changes have impacted youth in multiple ways, including living with heightened stress and anxiety and fear, transitions to and from online classes, school closings, and changes in how we all interact and connect with others.To address this mental health crisis, the State of Colorado has launched the I Matter program to provide access to free therapy sessions for youth in Colorado.

  • The program is open to youth 18 years of age or younger or 21 years of age or younger if receiving special education services.
  • Youth and their parents can visit the platform at IMatterColorado.org to take a confidential online survey about their mental health and schedule sessions with a licensed therapist, primarily via telehealth.
  • A Spanish language version of the program can be found at YoImportoColorado.org, and the program has licensed therapists who can provide sessions in Spanish.

If you have questions, you can find our FAQs here (English or Español).

Smart Phone Safety

Common Sense Media

Noknok.  Who’s there?  Whisper a Secret on Line, Space Tag a Kik, Wechat your YikYak through Snapchat, and Poof, it’s gone!  Or is it?  Do you have any idea what any of this means?  While the last sentences probably don’t make much sense (to adults or kids alike), they contain the names of several new and old smartphone apps that can be used for chatting, instant messaging, or social networking.  Some have location services.  These may be helpful to parents arranging a play date, but frightening when your son or daughter just arranged to meet a stranger outside McDonald’s.

Youth Mental Health

Denver Mental Healh

City of Denver mental health resources.

Love and Logic

Learn More

Raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Loving, yet powerful tools for parenting children of all ages.

Suicide Prevention Resources

Warning Signs

Suicide Hotline1-800-283-TALK (8255)Youth Support Line (Colorado)(303) 894-9000

To help those who learn and think differently discover their potentials, take control, find community, and stay on positive paths along each stage of life’s journey. Learn More About Learning Disorders.

This is a great resource to learn about the different types of bullying, how to prevent bullying, and how to respond to it. Parent Link and Youth Link.

Community Health Resources

No-cost, confidential therapy for individuals, couples, or families; play therapy for children, adolescents, and adults. 303-964-5786

Serves north metro Denver area; designated provider for anyone eligible for Medicaid who resides in Adams County. 303-853-3500

Community mental health center for Aurora residents. 303-617-2300

Community mental health agency for Denver residents. 303-504-6800

Community mental health agency for Arapahoe/Douglass counties. 303-730-8858

Serves Boulder, Broomfield counties. 303-413-6263

Serves Jefferson, Gilpin, and Clear Creek county residents. 303-425-0300

Offers grief counseling to kids and teens. 720-941-0331

Focus on substance abuse treatment throughout Denver Metro area. 303-657-3700

Private, training counseling center, located in downtown Denver. Low-cost, sliding-fee scales. 303-399-9988

2-1-1 Colorado streamlines services and provides one central location where people can get connected to the resources they need. With a database that is updated daily, 2-1-1 Colorado can connect you to critical resources simply by dialing a three-digit number. Whether you are searching for a shelter availability, childcare, or rent payment assistance – 2-1-1 can connect you to available resources in your community.

Colorado Peak provides health care, food stamps, cash benefits, CCAP, and other state funded programs.

Private, training counseling center, located in the Highlands neighborhood. Low-cost, sliding-fee scales. 303-480-5130

Contact: Jackky Sirichantho MA, LMFTC, NCC, email, ph: 720-213-8378.