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Northgate High School
425 Castle Rock Road
Walnut Creek, CA 94598

Tel: 925.938.0900
Fax: 925.945.6429

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Attendance Office:
938-0900 ext3505

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Northgate High School Support Counselor Program

Helping Parents Support Their Children

Parent Tips for Managing Stress and Anxiety from Parent Education Night on March 23rd facilitated by Northgate Support Counselor Simi Markar.

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Contact the Northgate Support Counselors

The Northgate Support Counseling Program is designed to assist students and parents with a variety of concerns by offering short-term counseling.

Parent, school faculty, friends or students themselves are encouraged to contact support counselors in person or by telephone.

Sessions are strictly confidential.

Counselors Shannon Brueckner, MFT
Monday, Tuesday
Simi Markar, MFT
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
Direct Telephone Line 938-3921
938-0900 x3519
Office Hours 7:30AM to 3:30PM
Location Room 60 in the Art wing,
across from Room 63

Refer students to a Northgate Support Counselor to help with issues such as:
Family Stress   Depression   Bullying   Anxiety
Grief & Loss Coping Skills   Peer Pressure
Eating Disorders   Substance Abuse   Stress   and more. . . 

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Suicide Prevention Support

Dear Northgate Community:

Beginning of the year can be stressful for both the student and the families of NHS. The support counselors would like to provide current resources for both students and parents.
Please contact us with any questions or needs.

Northgate Support Counselors,
Shannon Brueckner, MFT
Simi Markar, MFT

See box above for our contact info during school hours.

For Counseling resources outside school
Anytime (24/7):

  • Crisis & Suicide Support through the Contra Costa Crisis Center 1-800-SUICIDE
  • US National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK

Please take this time to talk to your children about suicide and suicide prevention. Some resources that can help with the conversations include:

Click here for additional information regarding warning signs of suicide and what to do if someone you know exhibits any.

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Northgate High School Support Counselors 2014-15

Total of 248 individual students seen during the 2014-15 school year:

    This past school year 2014-15
  • 19% Class of 2018 Freshmen
  • 21% Class of 2017 Sophomores
  • 31% Class of 2016 Juniors
  • 29% Class of 2015 Seniors
    Last school year 2013-14
  • 23% Class of 2017 Freshmen
  • 27% Class of 2016 Sophomores
  • 27% Class of 2015 Juniors
  • 23% Class of 2014 Seniors

Issues include: School, Family, Stress/Anxiety, Social/Peer Pressures, Suicidal Ideation, Drugs/Alcohol, Grief/Loss, Mental Illness.

Over 100 parents participated in Parent Education Nights.

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Bullying Is A Form of Harassment

Referenced from the Mt. Diablo USD Parent Information Packet, available on their website:

The Mt. Diablo Unified School District believes that all students have a right to a safe and healthy school environment. To that end, the District, schools, and community have an obligation to promote mutual respect, tolerance and acceptance.

The District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate or harass another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving, verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation. This policy applies whenever a student is on school grounds, traveling to and from school or a school sponsored activity, during the lunch period, whether on or off campus, and during a school-sponsored activity. Read the entire information here...

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Follow-up to
Parent Education Night on April 28

The Pleasure Trap:
A Continued Look at Motivating Kids to Make Good Choices

Facilitated by Abby Medcalf, PhD
Interested in more information on how to motivate your teen? You can visit Abby on the web at for free trainings, exercises, and tips.

Parent tips to motive your child by supporting the right Mindset:*

  • Don’t label your children. Don’t tell them they are smart, gifted, talented, or beautiful. Instead, praise them for their effort, overcoming obstacles, and perseverance.
  • At dinner, ask your child what they screwed up that day. Ask them what they failed at and reward that behavior. Children need to have no fear of failure, because that’s how they learn to take risks and reach for the stars.
  • Praise your child’s process, not the outcome. “Wow, you worked so hard for that chemistry test. I know it was tough for you to push through, but you just kept at it. I’m so proud of how tenacious you were with your studying when it was so difficult for you.” Make sure that praise is specific and appropriate to the level of accomplishment.
  • Try not to give out constant praise for successes; save it for the really special ones.
*Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Carol Dweck, PhD

Northgate Counseling Program 2015-2016

Program funding provided by
the City of Walnut Creek and the Northgate Parent Faculty Club

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Parent Education