Counselling

Counselling services at South Delta Secondary is provided as follows:

Ms. Val Hayes, B. Ed and M.Ed in Counselling Psychology
Grade 8 (L-Q) and Grade 9
Giants Hockey Players
               Monday - Friday
               vhayes@deltasd.bc.ca

Ms. Karen Kilpatrick, B.Ed and M.Ed in Counselling Psychology
Grade 10 and Grade 8 (R-Z)            
               Monday - Friday  
               kkilpatrick@deltasd.bc.ca           

Ms. Wendy Diomis, B.Ed and M.Ed in Counselling Psychology
Grade 11 and Grade 8 (A - D)
                Monday - Friday
                wdiomis@deltasd.bc.ca

Ms. Stephanie Sammartino
Grade 12 and Grade 8 (E - K)
                Monday - Friday
                ssammartino@deltasd.bc.ca  

Who Are We?

Counsellors are certified teachers who have specialized training, or a Master’s degree, in the areas of individual and group counselling, adolescent development, and mental health issues.

How to Access a Counsellor

Sign up in the counselling hallway across from the office.  Sign-up sheets are outside the counselling office doors.
Personal Counselling
Group or individual sessions are offered, as need arises, on issues such as the following adolescent concerns:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Self-harm
  • Suicide
  • Substance use
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual identity
  • Grief
  • Family relationships
  • Peer issues

Referrals

We can help connect you with appropriate community resources as needed.

Mediation

We offer mediation for students as an opportunity to resolve conflicts.  These may be between two or more students or between a student and teacher.

Academic/Career Counselling

We strive to help students achieve the highest academic standards that they can attain.  In order to help students be successful we offer the following services:

  • Providing information about  graduation requirements
  • Getting interim reports
  • Connecting students with tutors
  • Placement into special programs such as Learning Assistance
  • Providing information about course selection
  • Providing post-secondary and career information
  • Helping students with decision making regarding future careers

CONFIDENTIALITY!  What Does It Mean At South Delta?

Confidentiality is keeping discussions and information private between the counsellor and the client, in most cases this would be the student.

Confidentiality is taken very seriously at South Delta.  If you have concerns about confidentiality please discuss them immediately with your counsellor.

Confidentiality will be maintained at all times except for the following three exceptions:

  • You are going to hurt yourself.
  • You are going to hurt someone else.
  • You have been hurt by someone else.

If any of the above situations arise the counselor will discuss the options available to you in regards to staying safe.  Your counsellor will always tell you if confidentiality cannot be maintained.

If you are looking for support, acceptance, empathy and information come to the counselling centre and introduce yourself to us.