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About Ms. Nicole

I have had the privilege of working with K-12 students all my life in various capacities, as an educator, counselor, caregiver and mentor. Although I began my career in teaching, I soon learned that I had a genuine passion for social-emotional development. I decided I wanted to help students advocate for themselves and remove barriers to learning. After earning my BA at San Francisco State, I went on to complete my MA in School Counseling at Saint Mary’s College.


Professionally, my approach to counseling is goal-oriented and student-centered. I am passionate about helping students discover and develop the best parts of themselves, while working to make the school environment a safe and inclusive one for every child.


Personally, I am a huge fan of anything Disney! I also love reading, exploring the great outdoors and spending time with my dogs Ariel and Mowgli.



Contact Info


(925) 685-7002 x85434

Nicole Sanchez


What Does a School Counselor Do?

A School Counselor Does…

  • Work with ALL students to create a school climate of safety, trust and respect
  • Deliver age-appropriate classroom lessons addressing topics related to social-emotional development
  • Facilitate small groups to assist with a variety of issues
  • Work with students individually on an “as-needed” basis to set goals, manage feelings and develop healthy relationships 
  • Collaborate with teachers, families and administrative staff to identify multiple means of support
  • Maintain the confidentiality of all students, unless there is a need to know or safety concern
  • Provide education and information about students’ development to teachers and families
  • Provide referrals to outside counseling, community and crisis resources


A School Counselor Does NOT…

  • Provide traditional “therapy” to students, either individually or in a group setting
  • Break the confidentiality of students, unless there is a need to know or safety concern
  • Assign grades or teach academic subjects
  • Handle discipline or assign consequences

Services Offered

For Students

Students may see the counselor for small group or brief individual counseling to assist with a variety of concerns, including:

  • Friendship
  • Problem solving
  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety and stress reduction
  • Mindfulness
  • Divorce and/or family crisis
  • Social skills
  • Identifying and managing feelings
  • Crisis intervention
  • Academic improvement
  • Adjustment/transition issues

Please Note: School counselors do not provide traditional “therapy” to students. All counseling services taking place at school are brief and solution-focused. Groups are educational and exploratory in nature.


For Families

Parents/families are free to contact the counselor at any time with academic, social or emotional concerns about their child. The counselor can assist with:

  • Parent consultations
  • Community referrals
  • Parenting tips/workshops
  • Information and/or education on their child’s development


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How Does a Student See the School Counselor?

Students can see the counselor in any of the following ways:

  • Parent/family referral
  • Counselor referral
  • Teacher or administrative referral
  • Referral by friend(s)
  • Self-referral

Please note: Due to the large number of students at each school, the counselor may not be able to meet with each child immediately after a request is made. However, the counselor, administrative team and teachers will work together to address all concerns in order of severity and time-sensitivity.