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Wellness Counseling

EHS Student Wellness
Esperanza High School is proud of have a full-time Wellness Specialist on campus to work with students who are experiencing mental health crises and trauma. 
Wellness Counseling services can include, but are not limited to the following:
  • Individual Counseling 
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Risk and Suicide Assessments
  • Social and Emotional Support
  • Referrals
  • Brief Intervention Drug/Substance Use Counseling
To help students have a successful and fulfilling academic career, wellness counseling with Esperanza's Wellness Specialist can include working on issues like:
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Drug/Substance/Alcohol Use
  • Eating Disorders
  • Family Concerns
  • Grief
  • Suicidal Ideation
  • Trauma
  • Self-Harm
Meet Esperanza's Wellness Specialist
    • Johanna Parra has received her B.A in Law & Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her M.A in Counseling from Chapman University, with a PPS credential.  She has worked in School-Based Mental Health for the past fifteen years in several Orange County School Districts and community agencies.  She has provided direct services in several school settings to support the needs of students and families; she has collaborated with schools, districts and community agencies to address barriers to mental health services and resources; and she has supervised school-based providers to identify barriers that impede student learning.  Most recently, she served as a Program Specialist at the Orange County Department of Education supporting schools and districts in meeting the social emotional needs of all children through a Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) and is currently teaching at Chapman University preparing the next generation of counselors to be leaders in MTSS. 
Referral Process for Wellness Counseling
Wellness Counseling is available to all students at Esperanza through a referral process by their School Counselor.  Please visit or contact your School Counselor to receive a referral for Wellness Counseling.
Our School Counselors:
Mrs. Paris: Last names starting with A-GK
Ms. Selof: Last names starting with GL-O
Mr. Pike: Last names starting with P-Z
Downloadable Resources

Social Emotional Learning and Wellness Resources

Children's Support and Parenting Programs Resources 
Psychoeducation groups and resources for caregivers.
The Prevention Center Services
Parenting programs, workshops, and resources. 
Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center:
Santa Ana Services: Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide.
(714) 547-0855 |


Erika’s Lighthouse:

Provides resources and materials on how to promote depression awareness for middle school and high school teens.


Erika's Lighthouse for Students: Student Depression Handbook

Provides information on how to look for signs of depression in teens.


Erika’s Lighthouse for Parents: Parent Depression Handbook

Provides information for parents on how to look for signs of depression in teens.


Erika’s Lighthouse for Educators: Educators Depression Handbook

Provides information for educators on how to bring mental health awareness to schools.

OC Youth Mental Health Resources
Here is a comprehensive list of mental health resources offered to children and adolescents in the Orange County area

Crisis Intervention and Response

The OC Warm Line:
Non-crisis, caring support for anyone struggling with emotional/mental health challenges.
(877) 910-WARM (877-910-9276)


Sexual Assault/Rape Crisis:
24/7, 7 days a week
(714) 957-2737


211 & OC Links Information & Referral Service: 
Free 24 hr information and referral line linking to thousands of local health and human service programs in the OC.

2-1-1 855-OCLINKS (888-625-4657)


Reach Out: 
Information and support service for young adults facing tough times and struggling with mental health issues.
1 (800) 448-3000 |


National Institute of Mental Health (NAMI): 
Helpline and family resources and groups for those affected by mental illness.
1 (800) 950-NAMI (Helpline) |


Walk in Our Shoes: 
Mental health education |


Casa Youth Shelter Services:
Short-term and long-term placement programs to provide basic needs for youth and individual, group, and family counseling.
(800) 914-CASA (800-914-2272) |


Didi Hirsch Mental Health Center:
Santa Ana Services: Crisis line, outreach and survivor support services for family members of a person who committed suicide.
(714) 547-0855 |


Orange County Suicide Prevention/Crisis Line:
Confidential 24-hour telephone counseling to individuals contemplating, threatening, or attempting suicide.
877-7CRISIS (877-727-4747)



Suicide prevention app for iPhone & Android


Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Provides resources and assistance to Mental Health professionals serving people at risk of suicide.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1(800) 273-8255 |


American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Organization with local chapters for suicide prevention movement.


HEARD Alliance

Provides resources for treating depression for children, teens, and young adults.


SAVE - Suicide Awareness Voices of Education

Organization to help prevent suicide.