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Mental Health Support Services

Gonzales High School’s Mental Health Support Services provides a safe and supportive environment in the school setting where students can discuss a variety of topics in a confidential, nonjudgmental space staffed by supportive staff dedicated to improve the health, well-being and educational outcomes of all students. Students have access to both on-campus and community resources, Gonzales students can receive social-emotional support, counseling and be referred to other support services to maximize student engagement and success. 

Students can receive:

  • One-on-one support
  • Check-in, check-out services
  • Connection to community resources
  • Social emotional support
    • self-awareness
    • self-management
    • social awareness
    • Responsible decision making
    • relationship building
  • *Advocate for your mental health!

Octavio Leon, LCSW, PPSC

  • Social Worker / Social Emotional Support
  • Gonzales High School
  • Gonzales Unified School District


  • Monterey County Behavioral Health
  • La Gloria Elementary
  • Fairview Middle School
  • Gonzales High School
  • The Services to Education Team provides mental health services to students who have an IEP and to students in general education classes. They provide individual therapy, conduct risk assessments/safety plan, consult with families and school staff, coordinate referrals, and link students/families to local services and community resources. They facilitate an open office hour weekly to support our GUSD students, families, and school staff.
  • 951-B Blanco Circle
  • Salinas, CA 93901
  • Main: 831-755-4500

Andrea Barajas 

  • School Psychologist
  • Gonzales Unified School District
  • Gonzales High School